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Dirty Harry (1971)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 19, 1997
 R2: 12 Aug 2002

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Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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• Dirty Harry (1971)
• Dead Right (1970)

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Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama, Serial Killer, Psychos, Police, Detectives, Thieves, Disturbing, Suspense, Psychodrama, Gay/Lesbian, Kidnapping, Cult Classic, Murder

Tagline: You don't assign him to murder cases, You just turn him loose.

Plot: A tremendously controversial film, both decried as an apologia for fascism and hailed as the solution to a decade of rising crime, DIRTY HARRY propelled Clint Eastwood's career into the stratosphere while adding another archetype to join his Man with No Name in film iconography. Clint stars as Harry Callahan, a truculent San Francisco police detective well known for his vicious take-no-prisoners attitude toward criminals. With the city of San Francisco being terrorized by the psychotic killer known only as Scorpio (Andrew Robinson), Harry is assigned by the mayor (John Vernon) and Lt. Bressler (Harry Guardino) to try to stop him, pairing him with reluctantly accepted new partner Chico (Reni Santoni). Scorpio kidnaps a 14-year-old girl and buries her alive, demanding a $200,000 ransom for her return. Harry is to bring him the money--alone. What follows is one of the most exciting ransom deliveries in film history. The prototype for most of the action films through the rest of the century, DIRTY HARRY rises far above most of them due mostly to an excellent script and Eastwood's gripping acting. That said, the main character's contemptuous attitude toward the Miranda law seems far more damning now that it did in the early 1970s.

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 Directed by
Don Siegel
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Escape from Alcatraz, The Shootist
 Written by
Harry Julian Fink
The Dead Pool, Magnum Force, Sudden Impact
Rita M. Fink
The Dead Pool, Magnum Force, Sudden Impact
Clint Eastwood
Million Dollar Baby, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven
Harry Guardino
The Enforcer, Any Which Way You Can, Houseboat
Reni Santoni
Private Parts, 28 Days, Cobra
John Vernon
Animal House, Airplane II: The Sequel, The Outlaw Josey Wales
Andrew Robinson
Hellraiser, Cobra, Child's Play 3
John Larch
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John Mitchum
Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Paint Your Wagon
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
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