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Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry
Theatrical release poster by Bill Gold
Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by Don Siegel
Robert Daley
Written by Harry Julian Fink
R.M. Fink
Dean Riesner (uncredited)
John Milius
Terrence Malick
Story by Harry Julian Fink
R.M. Fink
Starring Clint Eastwood
Andy Robinson
Harry Guardino
Reni Santoni
John Vernon
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Editing by Carl Pingitore
Studio Malpaso Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) December 23, 1971
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Gross revenue $36 million

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Dirty Harry is a 1971 American crime thriller produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco Police Department Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan.

Dirty Harry was a critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films. The film was followed by four sequels: Magnum Force in 1973, The Enforcer in 1976, Sudden Impact in 1983 (directed by Eastwood himself), and The Dead Pool in 1988.

In 2008, Dirty Harry was selected by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.


A serial killer who calls himself "Scorpio" (Andy Robinson) murders a young woman in a San Francisco swimming pool, using a high-powered .30-06 hunting rifle with an affixed suppressor from the top of 555 California Street. SFPD Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) finds a ransom message promising his next victims will be a Catholic priest or an African-American if the city does not pay $100,000. The chief of police and the Mayor (John Vernon) assign the inspector to the case.

Callahan goes to a local diner for lunch, where a robbery is in progress. The inspector—alone with his .44 Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver—challenges one of the robbers, after shooting three others, who lies wounded near a loaded 12 gauge shotgun:

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question. 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?"

The robber surrenders rather than taking the risk, then says "I gots to know". Callahan answers the question by pulling the trigger, while aiming at the criminal and it clicks on an empty chamber. Harry smiles and walks away.

Callahan was wounded in the incident, taking some buckshot in the leg, but continues on the case unfazed. He is assigned a rookie partner, Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni). The veteran officer notes that his partners always get injured or worse so he needs someone experienced, but has no choice. Scorpio kills a young black boy from another rooftop and the police believes the killer will next pursue a Catholic priest. Callahan and Gonzalez wait for Scorpio near the Saints Peter and Paul Church. Callahan gets distracted by watching a sexual encounter. Scorpio arrives and there is a shootout, in which a policeman disguised as a priest is killed.

In retaliation, Scorpio kidnaps and rapes a teenage girl named Ann Mary Deacon (Debralee Scott), before burying her alive in an undisclosed location. He then demands twice his previous ransom before Ann's air runs out by 3:00 the next morning. The mayor decides to pay and tells Callahan to deliver the money with no tricks or backup. Harry inspector wears a wire and brings a knife which he tapes to his lower leg. Scorpio sends Callahan to various payphones throughout the city to separate the inspector from any backup, but Chico follows him. The chase ends at the enormous cross at Mount Davidson. Scorpio admits that he plans to let Ann die anyway, and brutally beats Callahan; Gonzalez arrives and saves his partner, but is wounded. Callahan stabs Scorpio in the leg, but the killer escapes without the money. Gonzalez survives his wound, but decides to resign from the force. Callahan tells his chief to monitor any admitted patients at emergency rooms who were treated for leg injuries.

The doctor who treated Scorpio tells Callahan and his new partner, Frank DiGiorgio (John Mitchum), that he has seen Scorpio in Kezar Stadium. Running out of time, the officers search the killer's room without a search warrant. Scorpio makes a run for it across the field and Callahan shoots him in the leg, dropping him. When Scorpio refuses to reveal Ann's location and instead asks for a lawyer, Callahan tortures the killer by standing on the leg. Scorpio confesses and the police find Ann at Fort Point, but she has already suffocated to death.

Because of Callahan's warrantless search of Scorpio's home, District Attorney William T. Rothko (Josef Sommer) decides that the killer cannot be charged. An outraged Callahan follows Scorpio on his own time. Scorpio pays a thug to give him a severe, but controlled beating, then claims that the inspector is responsible. Callahan is ordered to stop following Scorpio, despite his protest that he did not beat the killer. Meanwhile, Scorpio assaults a liquor store owner and steals his 9mm Walther P38 handgun.

Scorpio hijacks a school bus full of children and their driver. He demands another ransom and a plane to leave the country. The mayor again insists on paying but Callahan instead pursues Scorpio without authorization, jumping onto the top of the bus from a railroad trestle. The killer flees into a nearby rock quarry, where he has a gun battle with Callahan. Scorpio retreats until he takes a young boy as a hostage.

The inspector feigns surrender, but fires, wounding Scorpio in his left shoulder. The boy runs away and Callahan stands over Scorpio, gun drawn. The inspector reprises his "Do you feel lucky, punk?" speech. Scorpio tries his luck and lunges for his 9mm Walther P38 pistol, laughing maniacally. The inspector shoots him in the chest, propelling Scorpio into the water. As Callahan watches the dead body float on the surface, he takes out his inspector's badge. After contemplating what will happen to him as a result of his actions outside the rule of law, he hurls his badge into the water before walking away.




The script, titled Dead Right, was originally written by Harry Julian and Rita M. Fink, a story about a hard-edged New York City police inspector Harry Callahan, determined to stop Travis, a serial killer, by any means at his disposal. The role of Harry Callahan was originally written for John Wayne, whom the Finks had just finished working with on Big Jake (1971). When they were trying to sell their script, the Finks used him as an example of how they envisioned the character. Wayne said he was not interested in the role, however; he felt the violence in the script was unjustified and glorified. In Michael Munn’s book "John Wayne: The Man Behind The Myth", Wayne gives the reasons why he refused the part: “First is that they offered it to Frank Sinatra first, but he'd hurt his hand and couldn't do it. I don't like being offered Sinatra's rejections. Put that one down to pride. The second reason is that I thought Harry was a rogue cop. Put that down to narrow-mindedness because when I saw the picture I realized that Harry was the kind of part I'd played often enough: a guy who lives within the law but breaks the rules when he really has to in order to save others. The third reason is that I was too busy making other pictures.”

It was set in New York City, not San Francisco, California and ended with a police sniper instead of Callahan taking out Scorpio. Another earlier version of the story was set in Seattle, Washington. Four more drafts of the script were written. John Milius wrote a draft dated 23 September 1970 inspired by Akira Kurosawa's studies in lone-gun detectives. Milius has also mentioned being influenced by a friend of his, a Long Beach police officer who dealt with criminals in a rather summary fashion. According to Milius, his friend "rarely brought people back" but was, contrastingly, extremely gentle with animals. Quite a bit of Milius' script remains in the finished film, including Harry's mystique and his "Do I feel lucky?" monologue. Terrence Malick wrote a draft of the film dated November 1970 (John Milius and Harry Julian Fink are also named as co-writers) in which the shooter (also named Travis) was a vigilante who killed wealthy criminals who had escaped justice.

Malick's ideas formed the basis for the sequel, Magnum Force.

Eventually, the Finks sold their script to Universal. Already having Clint Eastwood under contract, Universal thought of using it as a vehicle for the actor, but they never followed up on the initial plans and they let the rights to the script run out.

When producer Jennings Lang initially could not find an actor to take the role of Callahan, he sold the film rights to ABC Television. Although ABC wanted to turn it into a television film, the amount of violence in the script was deemed too excessive for television, so the rights were sold to Warner Bros.

Initially, Warner Bros. wanted either Sydney Pollack or Irvin Kershner to direct. Kershner was eventually hired when Frank Sinatra was attached to the title role. But when Sinatra eventually left the film, so did Kershner. Eastwood pushed for Don Siegel when he was cast in the film.

Scorpio was loosely based on the real-life Zodiac Killer, who had committed five murders in the San Francisco Bay Area several years earlier. In a later novelization of the film, Scorpio was referred to as "Charles Davis," an escaped Canadian mental patient who murdered his grandparents while still a teenager. There are significant differences between the book and the film, and it can only be presumed that the differences in the book were taken from an early script draft. Among the differences are Scorpio's point of view as he uses astrology to make decisions (including being inspired to abduct Ann Mary Deacon), Harry working on a murder case involving a mugger before he is assigned to Scorpio, and the ommission of the suicide jumper and Harry throwing away his badge at the end. The "Bank Job" scene is different as well, and unfolds during a rainstorm. In addition to the tailpipe smoke, Harry notices that though people continue to enter, no one is exiting the bank. The biggest difference in the scene, though, is Harry's alternate "Do I feel lucky" speech:

"You been counting? Well, was it five or was it six? Regulations say five... hammer down on the empty... only not all of us go by the book. What you have to do is think about it. I mean this is a forty-four magnum and it'll turn your head into hash. Now, do you think I fired five or six? And if five, do I keep a live one under the hammer? It's all up to you. Are you feeling lucky, Punk?"

Although Dirty Harry is arguably Clint Eastwood's signature role, he was not a top contender for the part.

Warner Bros. purchased the script with a view to cast Frank Sinatra in the lead. Sinatra was 55 at the time and since the character of Harry Callahan was originally written as a man in his mid to late 50's (and Eastwood only then 41), Sinatra fit the character profile. Warner Bros. also wanted either Sydney Pollack or Irvin Kershner to direct.

Details about the film were first released in film industry trade papers in April, September and November 1970 with Frank Sinatra attached as Harry Callahan and Irvin Kershner listed as director and producer with Arthur Jacobson acting as associate producer. Originally the character of Harry Callahan was written as a man in his mid to late 50s. Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, and Burt Lancaster were also offered the role. Mitchum dismissed this totemic role as "a piece of junk." In Dick Lochte‘s article, "Just One More Hangover: A Vodka-Soaked Afternoon with Robert Mitchum", he writes: Mitchum always got "those prices" in those days. "Somebody says, 'We really want you to do this script.' And I say, 'I'd need an awful lot of money in front to do that one.' And that never seems to be a problem. The less I like the script, the higher my price. And they pay. They may pay in yen, but they pay. Not that I'm a complete whore, understand. There are movies I won't do for any amount. I turned down 'Patton' and I turned down 'Dirty Harry.' Movies that piss on the world. If I've got $5 in my pocket, I don't need to make money that fucking way, daddy."

Burt Lancaster turned down the lead role because he strongly disagreed with the violent, right-wing morals of the story. He believed the role and plot contradicted his belief in a collective responsibility for criminal and social justice and the protection of individual rights.

Sinatra actually accepted the role, however he had broken his wrist during the filming of The Manchurian Candidate eight years previously, and during contract negotiations, he found the large handgun too unwieldy. Additionally, his father had recently died, and Sinatra decided he wanted to do some lighter material. In a 16 Nov 1970 Warner Bros. press release, it was announced that Sinatra would no longer be involved in the project. When Sinatra dropped out, so did Kershner.

After Sinatra left the project, the producers started to consider younger actors for the role. Marlon Brando was considered for the role, but was never formally approached. Both Steve McQueen and Paul Newman turned down the role. McQueen refused to make another “cop movie” after Bullitt (1968). He would also turn down the lead in The French Connection the same year, giving the same reason. Believing the character was too "right-wing" for him Newman suggested that the film would be a good vehicle for Eastwood.

The screenplay was initially brought to Clint’s attention somewhere around 1969 by Jennings Lang and while still in post-production for his directorial debut film Play Misty for Me, Warner Bros offer him the part. By 17 Dec 1970 in a Warner Brothers studio press release it was announced that Clint Eastwood would star in, as well as produce the film through his The Malpaso Company.

One of Eastwood's stipulations for accepting the role was the change of locale to San Francisco. Eastwood has claimed that he took the role of Harry Callahan because of the character's obsessive concern with the victims of violent crime. Eastwood felt that the issue of victims' rights was being overshadowed by the political atmosphere of the time.

Clint was given a number of scripts, but he ultimately came back to the original as the best vehicle for him. In a 2009 MTV Interview, Eastwood said, "So I said, 'I'll do it,' but since they had initially talked to me, there had been all these rewrites. I said, 'I'm only interested in the original script'." Looking back on the 1971 Don Siegel flick, he remembered, "[The rewrites had changed] everything. They had marine snipers coming on in the end. And I said, 'No. This is losing the point of the whole story, of the guy chasing the killer down. It's becoming an extravaganza that's losing its character.' They said, 'OK, do what you want.' So, we went and made it."

Eastwood also agreed to star in the film only on the provision that Don Siegel direct. Siegel was under contract to Universal at the time, and Eastwood personally went to the studio heads to ask them to "loan" Siegel to Warner. The two had just completed the movie The Beguiled (1970).

Audie Murphy was first approached to play the Scorpio Killer, but he died in a plane crash before his decision on the offer could be made. When Kershner and Sinatra were still attached to the project, James Caan was under consideration for the role of Scorpio. The part eventually went to a relatively unknown actor, Andy Robinson. Eastwood had seen Robinson in a play called Subject to Fits and recommended him for the role of Scorpio, whose unkept appearance fit the bill for a mentally ill hippie. Siegel told Robinson that he cast him in the role of the Scorpio killer because he wanted someone "with a face like a choirboy." Robinson's portrayal was so memorable that after the film was released he reportedly received several death threats and was forced to get an unlisted telephone number. In real life, Robinson is a pacifist who despises guns. In the early days of principal photography, Robinson would flinch violently every time he fired. Director Don Siegel was forced to shut down production for a time and sent Robinson to a school to learn to fire a gun convincingly. Nonetheless, he still blinks when he shoots. Robinson also reportedly was squeamish about filming the scene where he verbally and physically abuses several schoolchildren.

Shortly thereafter, they hired writer Dean Riesner to work on the script. Riesner worked previously with both Eastwood and Siegel as a writer on Coogan’s Bluff, and Play Misty for Me. Screenwriter John Milius contribution was also worked in by writing a draft of the film inspired by Akira Kurosawa's studies in lone-gun detectives, while director Siegel tackled the material from the viewpoint of bigotry.

As several ideas were added, and changed, many others were dropped, including a visit to Harry's hometown and an airport hijacking.

In the former, Harry and Chico drive around Potrero Hill questioning the residents after the scene of Charlie Russell's murder. As they continue to be greeted with suspicion from everyone, Harry begins to talk about how the people are raised mistrusting cops. He tells Chico that he grew up in Potrero Hill, and learned at an early age not to depend on the police. He soon decides that this case is not one that will be solved by the usual methods of police work, and that Scorpio will not be satisfied until he has made good on his threat to kill a priest. This scene was most likely included as part of Harry's character while he was still written as an older, disillusioned cop. As Harry gets his leg bandaged, listen for Steve Rogers to confirm the Potrero Hill background with the line, "We Potrero Hill boys gotta stick together."

One of the original ideas for the film's ending included a sequence with Scorpio kidnapping a group of schoolchildren at an airport, then attempting to hijack a plane. When the studio decided that the whole thing would be too expensive to film, it was Eastwood who suggested using the rock quarry for the ending. He remembered it from his childhood; having lived nearby, he passed it often on drives with his parents. The abduction of the school children was still worked into the end of the film, basing it again on the real-life events of the Zodiac case, where the killer threatened to hijack a school bus full of children. The airport sequence eventually found its way into the series, being worked into the plot of Magnum Force.

The idea of a car chase was also dropped as Bullitt (1968) had already set the bar for that. However, a car chase sequence was used in the sequel Magnum Force

Principal photography[]

Glenn Wright, Eastwood's costume designer since Rawhide was responsible for creating Callahan's distinctive old-fashioned brown and yellow checked jacket to emphasize his strong values in pursuing crime.

Filming for Dirty Harry began in April 1971 and involved some risky stunts, with much footage shot at night and filming the city of San Francisco aerially which the film series is renowned for. Eastwood performed the stunt in which he jumps onto the roof of the hijacked school bus from a bridge, without a stunt double. His face is clearly visible throughout the shot. Eastwood also directed the suicide-jumper scene.

The line, "My, that's a big one," spoken by Scorpio when Callahan removes his gun, was an ad-lib by Robinson. The crew broke into laughter as a result of the double entendre and the scene had to be re-shot, but the line stayed.

The final scene, in which Callahan throws his badge into the water, is an homage to a similar scene from 1952's High Noon. Eastwood initially did not want to toss the badge, believing it indicated that Callahan was quitting the police department. Siegel argued that tossing the badge was instead Callahan's indication of casting away the inefficiency of the police force's rules and bureaucracy. Although Eastwood was able to convince Siegel not to have Callahan toss the badge, when the scene was filmed, Eastwood changed his mind and went with the current ending.

Filming locations[]

One evening Eastwood and Siegel had been watching the San Francisco 49ers in the Kezar Stadium in the last game of the season and thought the eerie Greek amphitheater-like setting would be an excellent location for shooting one of the scenes where Callahan encounters the psychopathic killer Scorpio.

In San Francisco, California:

  • Rooftop swimming pool: Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny Street.
  • 555 California Street
  • California Hall, 625 Polk Street (until recently, the California Culinary Academy).
  • San Francisco City Hall.
  • Hall of Justice - 850 Bryant Street.
  • Forest Hill Station.
  • Harry tortures Scorpio: Kezar Stadium, Frederick Street, Golden Gate Park (demolished and rebuilt in 1989).
  • Ann Mary Deacon's body: Battery Spencer.
  • Dolores Park, Mission District.
  • Mount Davidson.
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Washington Square, 666 Filbert Street.
  • Washington Square, North Beach.
  • Big Al's, 556 Broadway Street.
  • Roaring 20's strip club, 552 Broadway Street.
  • North Beach, San Francisco.
  • Battery Spencer.

Other locations[]

  • Larkspur Landing — scene of Callahan and Scorpio's showdown, known as the Hutchinson's Rock Quarry when filmed.
  • Greenbrae, California.
  • Mill Valley, California.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood — San Francisco Street (Hot dog café / Bank robbery sequence).


The soundtrack for Dirty Harry was created by composer Lalo Schifrin famous for the Mission: Impossible theme and soundtrack, who had previously collaborated with director Don Siegel in the production of Coogan's Bluff and The Beguiled, both also starring Clint Eastwood. Schifrin fused a wide variety of influences, including classical music, jazz, psychedelic rock, along with Edda Dell'Orso-style vocals, into a score that "could best be described as acid jazz some 25 years before that genre began." According to one reviewer, the Dirty Harry soundtrack's influence "is paramount, heard daily in movies, on television, and in modern jazz and rock music."


Critical reception[]

Dirty Harry was well received by critics and is regarded as one of the best films of 1971. The film holds a 95% approval rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Best Motion Picture. The film caused controversy when it was released, sparking debate over issues ranging from police brutality to victims' rights and the nature of law enforcement. Feminists in particular were outraged by the film and at the Oscars for 1971 protested outside holding up banners which read messages such as "Dirty Harry is a Rotten Pig".

Many critics expressed concern with what they saw as bigotry, with Newsweek describing the film as "a right-wing fantasy", Variety as "a specious, phony glorification of the police and police brutality with a superhero whose antics become almost satire" and a raging review by Pauline Kael of The New Yorker who accused Eastwood of a "single-minded attack against liberal values". Several people accused him of racism in the decision to cast four African-Americans as the bank robbers. Eastwood dismissed the political outrage, claiming that Callahan was just obeying a higher moral authority, and said, "some people are so politically oriented, when they see cornflakes in a bowl, they get some complex interpretation out of it".

Jay Cocks of Time praised Eastwood's performance as Dirty Harry, describing him as "giving his best performance so far, tense, tough, full of implicit identification with his character", Film critic Roger Ebert, while praising the film's technical merits, denounced the film for its "fascist moral position." A section of the Philippine police force ordered a print of the film for use as a training film.

However, the film's critical reputation has grown in stature and is commonly listed among the greatest films of all time. In 2008, Dirty Harry was selected by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. It was placed similarly on The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made list by The New York Times. In January 2010, Total Film included the film on its list of The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time. TV Guide and Vanity Fair also included the film on their lists of the 50 best movies.

Box office performance[]

The benefit world premiere of Dirty Harry was held at Loews Theater on Market Street (San Francisco), on December 22, 1971. The film made an approximate total of $36 million in the U.S. theatrical release, making it a major financial success in comparison with its modest $4 million budget.

Home media[]

Warner Home Video owns rights to the Dirty Harry series. The studio first released the film to VHS and Betamax in 1979. Dirty Harry (1971) has been remastered for DVD three times — in 1998, 2001 and 2008. It has been repurposed for several DVD box sets. Dirty Harry made its high-definition debut with the 2008 Blu-ray Disc. The commentator on the 2008 DVD is Clint Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel.


Dirty Harry received recognition from the American Film Institute. The film was ranked #41 on 100 Years…100 Thrills, a list of America's most heart-pounding movies. Harry Callahan was selected as the 17th greatest movie hero on 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains. The movie's infamous quote "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" was ranked 51st on 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes. Dirty Harry was also on the ballot for several other AFI's 100 series lists including 100 Years... 100 Movies, 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition), and 100 Years of Film Scores.

Real life copycat crime and killers[]

The film inspired a real-life crime. In October 1972, soon after the release of the movie in Australia, two armed men kidnapped a teacher and 6 school children in Victoria, Australia. They demanded a $1 million ransom. The state government agreed to pay, but the children managed to escape and the kidnappers were subsequently jailed. Coincidently, one of the men's last name was Eastwood.


Eastwood's iconic portrayal of the blunt, cynical, unorthodox detective who is seemingly in perpetual trouble with his incompetent bosses, set the style for a number of his later roles and, indeed, a whole genre of "loose-cannon" cop films. The film resonated with an American public that had become weary and frustrated with the increasing violent urban crime that was characteristic of the time. The film was released at a time when throughout 1970 and 1971 there were prevalent reports of local and federal police committing atrocities and overstepping their authority by entrapment and obstruction of justice. Author McGilligan, argued that America needed a hero, a winner at a time when the authorities were losing the battle against crime. The box-office success of Dirty Harry led to the production of four sequels.

The motif of a cop who cares more for justice than rules was one subsequently imitated by a number of other films. John Wayne, who like Eastwood was associated with the Western genre, starred in McQ and later Brannigan. Sylvester Stallone's Cobra and Judge Dredd shares many elements with Dirty Harry, a cop with an obsession for justice, a law system that is more concerned about the criminal than the victim, and a psychotic killer. The film is also an adaption of the novel Fair Game and was originally intended by Stallone to be the basis of Beverly Hills Cop while he was involved with the project. Stallone's own movie was plagiarised by Italian film producers for the Fred Williamson Blaxploitation film Black Cobra, which also mimicked the famous 'Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?' scene from Dirty Harry.

Writers Shane Black and Steven E. de Souza have spoken of the film's influence on their characters of Martin Riggs and John McClane from the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard franchises.

The film can also be counted as the seminal influence on the Italian tough-cop films, Poliziotteschi, which dominated the 1970s and that were critically praised in Europe and the U.S. as well.

Dirty Harry helped popularize the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver, chambered for the powerful .44 Magnum cartridge. The film initiated an increase in sales of the powerful handgun, which continues to be popular some thirty-five years after the film's release. The .44 Magnum ranked second in a 2008 20th Century Fox poll of the most popular film weapons, after only the lightsaber of Star Wars fame. The poll surveyed approximately two thousand film fans.[1] However, the only appearances of the Model 29 in the movie are in the close-ups: Any time Eastwood actually fired the pistol, he was shooting a Smith & Wesson Model 25 in .45 ACP. In 1971, .44 Magnum blanks were not available. However, as a result of decades of Hollywood war movies there was an ample supply of .45 ACP blanks. As the Model 25 is built on the same Smith & Wesson N frame as the Model 29, it was simple to substitute it for the Model 29 in scenes where Eastwood had to shoot the pistol.

Director Don Siegel owns the actual Model 29 used in principal photography in Dirty Harry.

In popular culture[]

  • The Gorillaz song "Dirty Harry" is named after the film.
  • One "detective" character in the Warhammer Fantasy novel Beasts in Velvet written by Kim Newman is called "Harald Kleindienst", nickname "Filthy Harald", an obvious pun on "Dirty Harry". A contemporary drawing of this character in White Dwarf (UK) 140 also closely resembles Eastwood.
  • In the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen picks up a handgun in a weapon shop in Texas and states "I am like movie star Dirty Harold, Make a'my day, Jew", making a reference to Eastwood's character and the popular catchphrase of Sudden Impact, the fourth film in the Dirty Harry film series.
  • In the 2007 film Zodiac, Dirty Harry can be seen being played at a movie theater in the midst of the Zodiac murders.
  • In the 2004 crime thriller film A History of Violence the main villain says to the hero, "We should leave before he goes all 'Dirty Harry' on us".
  • In the episode Patriot Act of Justice League Unlimited, Vigilante and Shining Knight had an argument about a character Clint Eastwood played in a movie. It's most likely about the film Dirty Harry.
  • In the 1988 buddy cop film Red Heat, main character Art Ridžić (James Belushi) says to his partner, "Come on, everybody knows the magnum 44 is the big boy on the block. Why do you think Dirty Harry uses it?"
  • The 1993 comedy film National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 parodies the opening scene in the convenience store when Emilio Estevez, just after shooting the robbers, says, "I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, 'Did he fire 173 times or 174?' Well, do you feel lucky, punk?"
  • The Yuri's Revenge expansion of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 features an Allied campaign mission where the commander can enlist the service of one Flint Westwood to assist in the recapture of Los Angeles (which includes Hollywood); he not only sports a very similar accent as Eastwood but also is armed with a powerful handgun that makes short works of enemy infantry units.
  • In the fourth season of Dexter, there is an episode titled Dirty Harry.
  • In the Bottom episode Burglary Eddie Hitler says to Richie that he wants to be referred to as Dirty Eddie.
  • In the film Four Rooms, two characters are talking about what gun another man was holding saying, "Was it like Dirty Harry's gun?"

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