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Dirty Harry (1971)

Clint Eastwood , Andrew Robinson , Don Siegel  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: Dean Riesner, Harry Julian Fink, Jo Heims, John Milius, Rita M. Fink
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Carl Pingitore
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTNV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Whether or not you can sympathise with its fascistic/vigilante approach to law enforcement, Dirty Harry (directed by star Clint Eastwood's longtime friend and directorial mentor, Don Siegel) is one hell of an American cop thriller. The movie makes

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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Urban Cleanser October 6, 2003
This is the first of five "Dirty Harry" films in which Eastwood stars as a San Francisco police detective. By the time the last appeared (The Dead Pool, in 1988), Eastwood had aged and times had changed but Callahan's values and methods remained essentially the same. When initially released, Dirty Harry was immediately controversial as was Death Wish (1974). Audiences tended to be divided between those who were offended by what they considered to be excessive violence and those who (like Harry Callahan and Paul Kersey) had lost confidence in society's willingness and/or ability to respond effectively to violent crime. After seeing each of the two films for the first time, I vividly recall joining those around me in the theatre as they rose and cheered...and continue to applaud for several minutes. I asked myself, "What's going on here? What's this all about?"
At least in the larger U.S. cities 30 years ago, residents had become totally fed up with traditional law enforcement initiatives. It was no longer safe to walk the streets at night. Even more dangerous to do so in public parks. Homes were robbed while people worked during the day. Many of the same homes were robbed again later after insurance coverage replaced the articles previously stolen. Racial animosities, drug abuse, and a widespread contempt for institutional authority all contributed to such problems.
Under Don Siegel's crisp direction, Eastwood and his associates in the cast bring R.M. Fink's screenplay to life (and yes, to death) as they focus on what is obviously an irreconcilable conflict between Callahan and his superiors who include the mayor of San Francisco. Callahan's motto seems to be "Whatever it takes." In some situations, it may take his 44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry... Beyond the Hype August 15, 2001
Dirty Harry is, plain and simple, an outstanding film that is far deeper than its reputation. Those who denounce Dirty Harry as a fascist are so far off the mark it is pathetic. Because of his un-PC dialogue it is assumed he is a bigot. Because he defends himself and others with a S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum he is written off as a psychotic. And so on. As his hispanic partner points out, he is called "Dirty Harry" because he gets the worst assignments. Only the most pitiful, mewling moral weakling would consider this film an advertisement for fascism. It is an indictment of the weakening and -- far worse -- bureaucritization of law enforcement, of its growing concern with appearance over protecting the public. And, of course, a great flick.
The film makes plain that while he describes his vulgar world in vulgar terms, he is actually above it. We learn from the beginning of the film that his doctor, who he chats up with more warmth than his white bosses, is black. Remember, in 1971 it was still commonplace to just write off blacks as "monkeys" or worse. The idea of a black man being a doctor, period, was unusual... let alone a white man seeing him for medical care and considering him his equal.
It is cues like these that reveal the true heart of the picture. So many soft-handed worryworts miss the point of the film because they do not understand the CONTEXT. The film is full of signs that Dirty Harry is an egalitarian in a time (1971) where such a point of view was rarer than it is now. Dirty Harry says the word "Spic" and a certain class of people are all aflutter, even as he embraces (insomuch as he embraces ANYTHING) his hispanic partner and his black doctor, and is enraged by the murder of a black, and so on ad infinitum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No guilty pleasures here for me June 22, 2008
I'm not the kind of viewer that some people would identify as a fan of Dirty Harry (I'm a proud liberal who always votes Democratic and who owns no weapons) but I love this film without reservations. First, let's give it up for Don Siegel, one of the best US directors of the post-WW2 era. The man knew how to make a movie. And he did with first-rate craftsmanship that never calls too much attention to itself. This police thriller is as lean, mean, and no-nonsense as its flawed hero, played with the understated brilliance that only Clint Eastwood has mastered. Yes, he's a damn good actor and that's mainly because he doesn't ACT--rather, he behaves as this character, who is a fantasy figure, would behave. Siegel also gets solid acting across the board from his veteran cast, and with the help of Andy Robinson, who's as over the top as Clint is restrained, gives us one of the best, most vile villains committed to celluloid. There are interesting psychological dimensions to the film and I found myself wondering if Scorpio represents everything Harry represses and fears in himself, taken to a hideous extreme. Bruce Surtees found a one-of-a-kind look for Siegel's classic, with his inky San Francisco nightscapes making the hunt for Scorpio as strangely beautiful as it is unnerving. As to DH's politics, they are more complicated than most people assume. Dismissing this movie as reactionary, right-wing, or even as fascist as some have done, overlooks the nuances of Harry's conflicts with various institutions. The film makes the point that our institutions, especially law and government, often pay lip service to protecting the common people while ignoring their victimization and their victimizers. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Great Dirty Harry classic.
Clint at his best. I plan to watch the rest of this series very soon. Do you feel lucky?
Published 4 days ago by clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you know why they call Inspector Harry Callahan "Dirty Harry?"...

"To the city of San Francisco: I will enjoy killing one person every day until you pay me 100,000 dollars. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Stephen Pletko
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for the masses
A movie of triumph over the injustices in the world, and a perfect example of how our judicial system is not always a shining gem of life and light. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Christophe M. Gonzalez-Dias
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Even for its time it still looks good compared to other movies its age. The plot was realistic and great
Published 25 days ago by Luis Perez-Borroto
5.0 out of 5 stars "I know what you're thinkin'...Did he fire six shots...or only five?"
To answer Harry Callahan's twice-posed rhetorical question: it was only five.

When producer/director Don Siegel returned to San Francisco for DIRTY HARRY (1971) he was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Van Auken
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! Thank God it is not Real
Dirty Harry is a no holds barred classic cops and robbers movie. Some parts make my skin crawl but it is still great fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alphonso C Mance
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
One the most classic crime dramas. It came with no damage at all and the disc was perfect. It doesn't have the outer covering with the bullet hole but that doesn't really matter... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carson Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband loves it
We wanted to go from VHS to DVD for this movie. lt is one that my husband likes to watch over and over again.
Published 2 months ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time favorite
When looking for a good "bad guy looses" movie Clint Eastwood made Inspector Callahan a winner! Would watch it again.
Published 2 months ago by Sal Sclafani
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and great picture
I'm sure that the majority of people reviewing this Blu-Ray are people wondering more about picture quality than what the movie is actually about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Weller
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It is a good week. Cloverfield is a strong maybe, There Will Be Blood is required viewing. Signs will be coming home with me as well. If I hadn't bought the Dirty Harry set on standard DVD a couple of years ago that would be on the list as well. Face Off will probably have to wait a coupleof... Read more
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Not at all. The giallo style doesn't really show up in the US until the very end of the seventies in films like 'The Eyes of Laura Mars,' 'Dressed to Kill' and the slashers - and it is usually very diluted.

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