"You've got to ask yourself a question: 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" Dirty Harry provoked a critical uproar in 1971 for its "fascist" message about the power of one, as it also elevated Clint Eastwood to superstar status through his most enduring screen persona. Harry Callahan (Eastwood, in a role meant for Frank Sinatra) is a sardonic, hard-working San Francisco cop who can't finish his lunch without having to foil a bank robbery with his 44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world." When hippie-esque psycho Scorpio (Andy Robinson) goes on a killing spree, Harry and new partner Chico (Reni Santoni) are assigned to hunt him down, but not before the Mayor (John Vernon) and Lt. Bressler (Harry Guardino) admonish Callahan about his heavy-handed tactics. Racing against a deadline to save a kidnap victim from suffocating to death and unbothered by the niceties of Miranda rights and search warrants, Callahan brings in Scorpio, only to see him released on technicalities. "The law's crazy," opines Harry in disgust, before taking it upon himself to ensure that Scorpio doesn't kill again. Directed in violent and efficient fashion by Don Siegel, with a propulsive score by Lalo Schifrin, Dirty Harry was the fourth Siegel-Eastwood collaboration after Coogan's Bluff (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and The Beguiled (1970). Critics at the time strongly objected to the heroic image of a cop's violations of a suspect's Miranda rights, forcing Siegel and Eastwood to deny that they were right-wing reactionaries. All the same, Dirty Harry proved to be highly popular and spawned four sequels: Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988).~Lucia Bozzola
Along with westerns of course, the genre Clint has left his biggest mark in has been thrillers, and never more so than in this 1971 masterpiece, which is arguably Clint's most famous role.
He plays the title role, a very unorthodox detective who's tracking a killer (Andrew Robinson, suspiciously resembling Charles Manson here). At the same time, Harry has to also deal with the bureaucratic red tape which gives his adversary a little leeway.
Some view this film as right wing/fascist propaganda, while others (myself included) viewed it as a unique twist on Clint's Man With No Name with an urban setting.
In any case, this is how a thriller is done!
When you have a 7.1 surround sound home theater you would like more programs to distribute in 7.1, but I would be fine if it had 5.1 dts-hd master audio. It didn't have either so the only reason I bought this movie on blu-ray was because I didn't own it on dvd and it is a fantastic movie. It is definately Clint Eastwood's best film. You have to love that magnum of his and the phrase that he is most famous for, "I know what you are thinking...Did he fire 6 shots or 5? Well you gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well do ya...PUNK?" Phenominal movie, phenominal picture, ok sound.
Dirty Harry is easily one of the best action dramas ever made, and it's personally my favorite. Raiders of the Lost Ark would be my second. This is an awesome movie. You'll love it! It's very gripping and Eastwood's best!