Dirty Harry (1971)

Dirty Harry and the homicidal maniac. Harry's the one with the badge.

Blu-ray, 1h 42min
Rating: 7.7
Votes: 138781
Languages: English
Country: USA
Director: Don Siegel
Music: Lalo Schifrin

Plot outline

When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

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When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. - trivwhiz

In 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as the "Scorpio Killer" (Andrew Robinson), who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat-and-mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude. - commanderblue

In 1971, San Francisco is under the terrorizing eye of a psychopathic sniper called the "Scorpio Killer" (Andrew Robinson), and claims in one of his written letters to the San Francisco Police Department that he will keep killing until his demands are made. Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is a San Francisco police officer, with a dirty attitude, and uses little methods to what the law prescribes. It becomes a menacing task for Callahan, as he's been assigned to apprehend the menacing killer at all costs, which later unravels into a cat-and-mouse game between the two men. One killer with a sinister, distasteful laughter. The other, a killer with just a plain dirty attitude who holds the badge.

The downfall of societal coddling of criminals is the theme of the debut of Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), who has no patience for criminals and less of such for revolving-door justice, as well as politicians who wilt under the pressure of a deranged hippie (Andrew Robinson) who uses a sniper rifle to kill several innocent people, only to go free because the incrimating rifle was obtained by an illegal search. Harry must break societal rules to stop the madman society allows to roam free. - Michael Daly

The debut of San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) begins with a sociopathic rooftop sniper (Andrew Robinson) killing a young woman (Diana Davidson) in a pool, and then trying to extort one hundred thousand dollars from the city. Harry is asked by his boss, Lieutenant Al Bressler (Harry Guardino) and the Mayor (John Vernon) to put a stop to this low-life. While Harry and his new partner, Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) investigate, another murder occurs, followed by a kidnapping and rape of a young girl, and a subsequent attempt at extortion by the killer, who calls himself "Scorpio". Harry volunteers to deliver the ransom, but is nearly killed by Scorpio, who is wounded and driven off by Chico and Harry. Harry follows the suspect's trail to Kezar Stadium, where he discovers the murder weapon and the suspect. The man is arrested and Harry gets the girl's location out of him. Unbeknownst to Harry, the girl is dead already, and the next morning Harry visits District Attorney William T. Rothko (Josef Sommer) to find out that the man is being freed, because of a bleeding-heart legal system and judiciary that says Harry's search was illegal, although there was no time, and no judge, from whom get a warrant. Upon his release, Scorpio is up to his old tricks. This time he kidnaps a busload of children and demands a ransom. The Mayor foolishly goes along with Scorpio's game and orders Harry not to stop the killer. Disgusted with the weak-kneed attitude of the Mayor and his colleagues in the legal system, Harry intercepts the bus and takes on Scorpio to put an end to the kidnapping and the psychopath's reign of terror for good. - Derek O'Cain

San Francisco is being terrorized by a sniper who calls himself "Scorpio" (Andrew Robinson), and Scorpio kills a swimmer (Diana Davidson) as she is swimming in a pool. Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is a widower, his wife having been killed in an auto accident. He lives to make the existence of his superiors a miserable one, and he refuses to play by the rules. Dirty Harry doesn't wear Kevlar and he doesn't carry an arsenal of automatic weapons. All he needs is his Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum. Six shots doesn't seem like much, but it's enough when you rarely miss and a single shot can knock you into the next millennium. Dirty Harry handles the search for Scorpio, and ends up stopping three men from robbing a bank. Known for bringing bad luck to his partners, Dirty Harry reluctantly accepts new partner Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) on the orders of Lieutenant Al Bressler (Harry Guardino). Dirty Harry even gets chewed out by the Mayor (John Vernon). Scorpio promises to kill a black person and a Priest if the city doesn't give him one hundred thousand dollars. Nearly caught, Scorpio doubles the ransom, kidnaps a fourteen-year-old girl, and buries her alive, giving the Police a limited time to cough up the money before she suffocates. Dirty Harry follows Scorpio's instructions for the delivery, which results in Chico getting wounded. Dirty Harry tracks Scorpio to Kezar Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Scorpio is running across the football field, and Dirty Harry calmly takes aim and nails him in the leg at the fifty-yard line. Dirty Harry tortures Scorpio into revealing the girl's hiding place. She's found dead and Scorpio is released, due to Dirty Harry's unorthodox procedure. Later, Scorpio takes over a school bus, and Dirty Harry is the only one who can take him down. - Todd Baldridge