Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dirty Harry (1971)

Director: Don Siegel

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, Dean Riesner, Jo Helms, John Milius

Composer: Lalo Schifrin

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson, John Larch, John Mitchum, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington, Ruth Kobart, Woodrow Parfrey, Josef Sommer, William Patterson

More info: IMDb

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

Plot: When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Great flick.  One thing I've always dug about it is the treatment of The Scorpio Killer. He's written differently than any other killer you see in movies and Robinson delivers a strong, unusual performance.  Then you've got the great cast led by the badass Clint Eastwood, score, wonderful San Francisco locations and badass ending.  It's a great 70s crime picture and one of the best of the decade.  The sequels do get worse as you go along but they're still fun.  Put this one on your must-watch list if you haven't already.

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