Dirty Harry

1971, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 43m

49 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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As tough and taciturn as its no-nonsense hero, Dirty Harry delivers a deceptively layered message without sacrificing an ounce of its solid action impact. Read critic reviews

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Cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) attempts to track down a psychopathic rooftop killer before a kidnapped girl dies. When he is found Harry abuses the murderer's civil rights putting him back on the streets. Once he is released he hijacks a school bus and Harry must go after him again. The only way to stop this vicious killer is in cold blood.

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  • Jan 23, 2022
    Far more complicated than its given credit for (obviously its not advocating a left wing worldview, but its also not really reactionary either) as it is pretty clear the system that appears to despise Harry Callahan, actually desperately wants him around. Credit goes to Siegel who ensures that anyone trying to get a specific political read on the movie comes up short.
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  • Oct 01, 2016
    I have never seen this series before and I have to say I enjoyed this. I can see why it is a classic and helped make Clint Eastwood a household name.
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  • Jun 04, 2016
    Clint Eastwood is the hard, play-by-my-rules inspector Harry Callahan who frequently takes the law into his own hands. This is a pretty unrealistic depiction of cop life. But who cares? Dirty Harry is a great, entertaining watch not to be taken too seriously.
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  • Feb 07, 2013
    it would eventually become a cliche but Eastwood's Dirty Harry is a great character. I don't know if he ended up ruining it in Magnum Force or Sudden Impact and I have no current desire to see either but this original is great seventies action. Very enjoyable.
    John B Super Reviewer

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