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Dirty Harry (1971)

Clint Eastwood , Andrew Robinson , Don Siegel  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 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 (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTNV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dirty Harry" on IMDb

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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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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Urban Cleanser October 6, 2003
Format:DVD
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
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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 Details for new Dirty Harry Special Edition March 18, 2008
By Sanpete
Format:DVD
Dirty Harry is generally regarded as a classic, the beginning of a second larger-than-life persona for Clint Eastwood (after The Man with No Name). It's the source of the famous "Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" (The actual quote is "... you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" but the original doesn't quote as well out of context.)

Tough cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan has his own simple, commonsense rules for dealing with crime, based on a strong sense of right and wrong and an impatience with needless details and constraints. The latter gets him into continual trouble with the system which, as portrayed in the movie, is more about politics and bureaucracy than doing what needs to be done. This reflected well the frustrations and fears of Americans in the '70s that criminals were taking over the streets and that the law was powerless to stop them because the "criminal-coddling" courts were holding them back. I personally value the Fourth Amendment and other such niceties and shiver to think of some of the political and moral ramifications of this movie (some of which are still very much with us), but whatever one's politics, Dirty Harry is very effective as a police-action thriller, largely because of Eastwood's unique persona. It's hard not to admire and root for him even if you think he's not always right. There are also the standard gunfights and car chases, and high suspense, all well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for Clint Fans
An old classic. Special effects limited in that day and age, but still a great movie/character. Product as described and delivered on time/on target.
Published 4 days ago by Gunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint is cool
Clint is the coolest Hollywood star ever , hands down . This is a classic cop movie . I give it 100% awesome .
Published 8 days ago by Duck Monster 80
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry
Have not watched yet, but seems to be in very good condition.
Published 18 days ago by packrat
5.0 out of 5 stars lol classic love
Did I fire 5 shots or 6 ....lol classic love it
Published 18 days ago by kevin skog
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot seems a bit farfetched in certain parts, ...
The plot seems a bit farfetched in certain parts, but it is an iconic movie. Probably not particularly engaging for modern audiences though.
Published 24 days ago by sdgolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic fun
Classic fun
Published 26 days ago by steve hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Clint Eastwood!
Published 1 month ago by Andre Rossouw
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Dirty Harry - the one that put good ol' Clint ...
The original Dirty Harry - the one that put good ol' Clint Eastwood on the map! Excellent movie with a timeless plot!
Published 1 month ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Iconic hero. Do ya feel lucky, punk ??
Published 1 month ago by Phil Wigley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Clint Eastwood Movie
Although it is an older movie, it is fun to go back and rewatch as it is very exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Quayquai
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