Dirty Harry Reviews
I don't think it's only because I didn't like the eponymous character that I didn't like the film as a whole. The killer has no motivations for his actions other than the cliched "He's just crazy," and the establishment's actions, personified by the mayor and police chief's conservative dealings with the killer, wreak of a contrived set-up to make Harry appear "heroic" - what the film considers "heroic" - by contrast. How heroism is constructed in this film is what makes it most interesting. I don't see it as a satire; rather, I think the film honestly thinks of Harry Callahan as a hero. And who is he? Well, he taunts victims, kills often, has no respect for the law, and takes matters into his own hands with aplomb. I can understand why America would take him as a cultural icon; we don't like rules and restrictions and often valorize rugged individualists. So I understand why Dirty Harry was made, and I understand why people like it, but America was founded on a combination of communitarian and individualist values, a fact the film elides.
Overall, Dirty Harry is a cliched action film, and the only thing about it that's interesting is why people like it.
Having said that, no matter how many years past by, there is one man who would never go out of style and that is, the Man with the Magnum - Mr.Clint Eastwood. Whether it's his knockout dialogues or his my-way-or-highway attitude, it is the very definition of the term Super-Cool. For that reason alone if for nothing else, You have to love it .. Punk.
I loved saying the words 'do you feel lucky?' well,do you , Punk?!
Love It !
Of course its worth the watch!
Love Clint Eastwood and i love his moody socially hated chracter who hates everyone! Brilliant
The psychopatic murderer is awesome as well he really amused me.
Worth a watch.
So, grab your popcorn, or 44 Magnum, sit back and let the tense action unfold before your eyes at this action classic that influenced an entire genre.
A serial killer called "Scorpio" is on the rampage in San Francisco, and Inspector Callaghan,( Dirty Harry).Is assigned to the case
the best movie of Clint Eastwoods by far in my opinion i just loveeeed it~!!!
Featuring strong performances, a gripping story, good direction, and wearing the cynical sensibilities and atmosphere of the day on its sleeve, I can see how this film has become so influential, especially due to the infamous speech about one of the most bad ass of all film weapons.
This is really Clint's show, but John Vernon is good as the mayor, Reni Santoni is decent as Chico, and Andy Robinson is outstanding as the creepy and menacing Scorpio. Shockingly enough, I had never seen this or any of the sequels until now, and I was pleasantly surprised by the humor. A lot of it (and Eastwood's general mannerisms/characterization) later came up in some of Eastwood's more recent films, which I think is just great. Gran Torino had me cracking up at times, and now I know where it comes from.
The music is good too, although there were scenes where I think it would have been nice to hear it where there wasn't any music. However, one scene in question (when Harry goes from phone booth to phone booth) stands out as a little more tense because of the lack of score (which makes things a bit more realistic.
One thing I like about this and other similar films from the 70s is how it's more than just entertainment. There's a lot of substance here. You could come up with all kinds of analyses about the effectiveness of police brutality, anti-heroes, racism, being macho, violence, etc. Many already have, but it's not like the well will likely run dry very soon.
If you haven't seen this one yet, you definitely need to see it-it's a stone cold classic (despite not being wall-to-wall action and mayhem).
A San Francisco cop with little regard for rules (but who always gets results) tries to track down a serial killer who snipes at random victims.
Eastwood made cinematic lore out of laconic San Francisco renegade cop Harry Callahan known more for his intolerance of the bureaucratic legal system and his firm belief in justice through violent means necessitated by righting wrongs. In the first of the series he's faced with a psycho serial killer named Scorpio (grinning looney toon Robinson) just begging to be noticed. Directed by Eastwood's long-time mentor Don Siegel the film acts as a parable of the system strangle-holding society and still remains an indictment of how bad things still are. Classic Clint.