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3,582 Ratings

Dirty Harry

Directed by Don Siegel
United States, 1971
Action, Crime, Thriller


When a madman dubbed the “Scorpio Killer” terrorizes San Francisco, hard-boiled cop Harry Callahan is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. When the caught perp walks on technicalities, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

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Dirty Harry Directed by Don Siegel

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  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    Don F****** Siegel, with another borderline script, how delightful ! I remember watching scenes from this as a teenager and finding it all too silly to be true. Watching it today, i actually have a different eye for this, Friedkin or Cimino. Those right-wing cops have their methods and you might be very skeptical but we avoid so much sentimentality, so much bullshit. It’s dry as can be and that’s what you want !

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    Fun in its anti-hero's one liner-spewing glory, while its 1970's cynicism is equally delightfully brazen as it is off-putting in its old-fashioned outlook (sexism, racism, conservative values.) As watchable as it is, it comes off like a more streamlined and basic version of the same year's The French Connection; without anything in the way of arcs: as character's, concepts, and themes are persistent throughout.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    A more interesting film than the seemingly single-minded surface would indicate with some degree of edgy discourse between inert bureaucracy and a kind of just amorality. Eastwood's totemic gum-chewing slab of granite cuts the right jib, but it's a tartly visceral experience: high on circumstantial atmosphere but lowered by some Bondian throwaway cynicism. Schifrin's fused score however is a standalone treat.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    Not a huge fan of this one, which too often feels like a collection of set-pieces than a coherent whole; however, the final act surely ranks as one of the most powerful in 70s cinema. The school bus hijacking is a master-class of acting & direction, while the final showdown has Eastwood transformed into an almost supernatural enforcer; less a character in the conventional sense than an embodiment of social injustice.

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    After making westerns as for the beginning of his acting career, Clint takes justice on the streets of San Francisco as a cop for whom we all call him Dirty Harry. Working with Siegel again, the film features a great action/mystery storyline to keep you pinned alongside unforgettable performances by Clint & Robinson and a tense but groovy score by Schifrin. Make sure it's his day when you're in City by the Bay.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    A grungy snapshot of an America in disarray, stuck in between the past and a fast-changing socioeconomic reality. It's such a tour de force, filmmaking-wise. The cinematography and camerawork are as good as it gets in this type of nihilistic thriller. And Scorpio's a villain straight out of a giallo film. He’s twitchy, unflinching, and terrifyingly psychotic. But this is Eastwood’s film, and he’s pure perfection.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    It's the first time I see it, and I admit that I didn't expected such a great film. It's definitely not the 'macho' cop character that I've been described for a long time: it's finely written, greatly played, and the killer is motherfucking scary. He reminded me a bit of Malcolm MacDowell.

  • Catarina C Gomes's rating of the film Dirty Harry

    "Going to cut your pants off. No. I'll take them off. It'll hurt. $29.50, let it hurt". Harry is my type of man.

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