Harry Callahan is a tough, streetwise San Francisco cop whom they call Dirty Harry. In this action classic, you'll see why - and also why Clint Eastwood's reputation as a premier film star and movie maker is secure. A rooftop sniper (Andy Robinson) calling himself Scorpio has killed twice and holds the city ransom with the threat of killing again. Harry will nail him... one way or the other - no matter what the 'system' prescribes. Filming on location, director Don Siegel made the City by the Bay a vital part of 'Dirty Harry', a practice continued in its four sequels. The original remains one of the most gripping police thrillers ever made.
Punk are you feeling lucky.
- Dirty Harry review by JD
There are so many scenes which have become etched into film fable. Without question in the top 5 most famous American detective action dramas. Some of the scenes I remember have been clipped possibly for violent censorship reasons. The baddie is the most detestable I have ever seen and Clint the most heroic goodie. I watched it mainly for the famous bits particularly the "punk...." scenes, but some bits are a bit incidental and slow.