History Film / DirtyHarry

28th Mar '17 6:58:46 PM contrafanxxx
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* BittersweetEnding: Theoretically we should be feeling triumphant that Callahan has finally blown away Scorpio. Instead we get a muted, melancholic soundtrack and Callahan disgustedly tossing his badge into the river. Although given that he remains a cop in all four sequels, there may be something to Creator/ClintEastwood's theory that there was a long rubber band attached to the badge.

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* BittersweetEnding: Theoretically we should be feeling triumphant that Callahan has finally blown away Scorpio. Instead we get a [[SolemnEndingTheme muted, melancholic soundtrack soundtrack]] and Callahan disgustedly tossing his badge into the river. Although given that he remains a cop in all four sequels, there may be something to Creator/ClintEastwood's theory that there was a long rubber band attached to the badge.
28th Mar '17 11:02:15 AM papyru30
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* DoubleEntentdre: When Scorpio meets Dirty Harry for the first time, he comments on how big Harry's gun was.

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* DoubleEntentdre: DoubleEntendre: When Scorpio meets Dirty Harry for the first time, he comments on how big Harry's gun was.



* GoodIsNotSoft: Dirty Harry has no qualms about working outside the law or even torturing suspects, but he does try and lead a normal life.



* HightTurnoverRate: It's mentioned that Harry works alone because he tends to go through partners at an alarming rate; this trend holds true as the series progresses through 5 movies (3 dead, 2 seriously injured). On the positive side, it's mentioned in the first film that only a few of his partners actually get killed, with most only being seriously injured or simply finding his {{Jerkass}} CowboyCop attitude difficult to work with and transferred to other responsibilities.

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* HightTurnoverRate: HighTurnoverRate: It's mentioned that Harry works alone because he tends to go through partners at an alarming rate; this trend holds true as the series progresses through 5 movies (3 dead, 2 seriously injured). On the positive side, it's mentioned in the first film that only a few of his partners actually get killed, with most only being seriously injured or simply finding his {{Jerkass}} CowboyCop attitude difficult to work with and transferred to other responsibilities.



%% * ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight

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%% * ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRightScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Harry breaks the law several times to protect The Scorpio Killer's victims.



* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: It was a liquor store and this was how the villain, an ex-con, was able to get a gun to battle with Dirty Harry.

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* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: It was The Scorpio Killer gets a gun from a frequently robbed liquor store and this was how the villain, an ex-con, was able to get a gun to battle with Dirty Harry.owner that carries one for protection.



* TortureAlwaysWorks: Harry presses down on the Scorpio killer's badly wounded leg (he was just shot with a .44 revolver) until he tells him where to find a girl he had kidnapped and left to suffocate. Naturally, he finds out where she is, only to discover that she has already died. The killer promptly walks away from the law by crying "police brutality", much to Harry's disgust.

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* TortureAlwaysWorks: Harry presses down on the Scorpio killer's badly wounded leg (he was just shot with a .44 revolver) until he tells him where to find a girl he had kidnapped and left to suffocate. Naturally, he finds out where she is, [[spoiler: only to discover that she has already died. died.]] The killer promptly walks away from the law by crying "police brutality", much to Harry's disgust.
6th Mar '17 4:23:14 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** Andy Robinson plays the gleefully bigoted, murderous psychopath Scorpio. Whereas the vegetarian, liberal pacifist Robinson is a gentle and, by all accounts, sweet-natured guy who'd never even held a gun before this role (for which he had to be coached out of his habit of screwing his eyes shut and flinching whenever he fired it). He absolutely ''hated'' filming the school bus scene as well. What makes this disturbing is that Robinson actually received [[FanDumb death threats]] after the movie was released.
** Goes for Eastwood himself, too, given the actor has a reputation for being a fairly nice guy, whereas Harry is... well, Harry.
6th Mar '17 4:19:24 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArchEnemy: The Scorpio Killer to Dirty Harry.



* AxCrazy: The Scorpio Killer, in spades.

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* AxCrazy: AxCrazy:
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The Scorpio Killer, in spades.



* BigBad: The Scorpio Killer.



* BittersweetEnding: Theoretically we should be feeling triumphant that Callahan has finally blown away Scorpio. Instead we get a muted, melancholic soundtrack and Callahan disgustedly tossing his badge into the river. Although given that he remains a cop in all four sequels, there may be something to Creator/ClintEastwood's theory that there was a long rubber band attached to the badge.



* CelebrityParadox: During the bank robbery scene, the theatre is playing ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', which was Creator/ClintEastwood' directorial debut.
* CentralTheme: How crime and law enforcement are hideously intertwined.



* CoolGuns:
** The .44 Magnum, of course.
** Scorpio uses an MP40 alongside his Arisaka sniper rifle.



* DoubleEntentdre: When Scorpio meets Dirty Harry for the first time, he comments on how big Harry's gun was.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** "You gotta ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do you, punk?"
** Scorpio is introduced assembling his rifle and shooting a woman taking a swim. And he only gets worse from there.



* EvilLaugh: The Scorpio Killer has a sort of gibbering, intensely self-satisfied laugh that is in no way appealing. His final moments are even characterized by one last split-second of this laugh when he decides that yes, he does feel lucky.



* FamousLastWords: "Drop the gun, creep! I'll blow his brains out! Hehehehe.... Drop the fucking gun!" Scorpio



* FiringOneHanded: Dirty Harry fires his famous .44 Magnum one handed. He must be pretty strong, considering that it's "the most powerful handgun in the world." Though, in the original film, he shoots two handed.
* FlyawayShot: Every film in the series ends like this.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Scorpio's reaction to seeing Inspector Callahan's .44 Magnum revolver for the first time. "My, that's a big one." Reportedly actor Andrew Robinson ad-libbed that line, which made the crew laugh. One of many allusions to Scorpio's stereotypical "gayness", along with the hair and the whiny, murderous hissy fits.



* FriendlyTarget: Harry's partners tend to get seriously injured or killed. Chico does make it, though... because he was smart enough to take Harry's advice to heart, and wear a bulletproof vest.



* GoodIsNotSoft: Dirty Harry has no qualms about working outside the law or even torturing suspects, but he does try and lead a normal life.



* GotVolunteered: "That's why he's called Dirty Harry."



* HaveAGayOldTime: Harry wants to go after the Scorpio killer after he hijacks a bus full of children. The mayor reminds Harry that he gave his word that the killer wouldn't be "molested" in any way. Now of course, in this context he means "molest" in the context of "to bother", but...
* HightTurnoverRate: It's mentioned that Harry works alone because he tends to go through partners at an alarming rate; this trend holds true as the series progresses through 5 movies (3 dead, 2 seriously injured). On the positive side, it's mentioned in the first film that only a few of his partners actually get killed, with most only being seriously injured or simply finding his {{Jerkass}} CowboyCop attitude difficult to work with and transferred to other responsibilities.



* HumanShield: Scorpio uses a boy as a human shield. Detective Callahan simply shoots him in the shoulder (given the range and the fact that the boy was too small to provide a lot of protection, Callahan could've put a bullet in Scorpio's chest or his head). Callahan then proceeds to give Scorpio one last chance to surrender, and then puts a bullet through him.
* IconicItem: Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world, that would blow your head clean off." Also his dark sunglasses.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Harry shoots Scorpio in the leg.
-->'''Scorpio:''' [crying with reason] ''You tried to kill me.''\\
'''Harry Callahan:''' ''If I tried that, your head would be splattered all over this field.''
* IKEAWeaponry: Scorpio's rifle, which he keeps dissembled in a briefcase until he's about to make a shot.



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%% * InternalAffairsInternalAffairs: The D.A takes this role, complete with indignant "what about the rights of that little girl?" demand from Harry. In point of fact, Harry's is probably the trend-setter here.
* InterruptedSuicide: Harry Callahan disgusts a jumper by saying how much blood and guts are going to be on the floor and how he doesn't want to go down with him, eventually Harry tricks him onto a fire truck.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Harry uses his famous speech to intimidate an opponent.



%%* KnightInSourArmor
* MeaningfulEcho: Early in the film Harry gives his "Do you feel lucky, punk?" speech in a jokey manner to an inept bank robber. In the film's climax, Harry gives the exact same speech to Scorpio, this time his delivery is full of venom and dead serious.



* MuggingTheMonster: A group of muggers making the mistake of setting upon Callahan while he's running around with Scorpio's ransom money.
* NauseaDissonance: Harry tells someone who is considering jumping off a building that he wants the guy's name, because the mess of a splattered body often makes people hard to identify. The guy says he thinks he's gonna puke, and Harry, who doesn't seem nauseated at all, says "don't do that, not with all those people down there looking up."



* NoNameGiven: We never learn Scorpio's real name (though Website/IMDb lists it as "Charles Davis").

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* NoNameGiven: We never learn Scorpio's real name (though Website/IMDb Website/{{IMDb}} lists it as "Charles Davis").



* OneBulletLeft: Apparently the Scorpio Killer ''did'' feel lucky, that ''punk''... he wasn't.



* OutsideRide: Harry jumps from an overpass onto the roof of a schoolbus taken hostage by the Scorpio Killer.
* PhallicWeapon: "My, that's a big one."



* PoliceBrutality: Harry roughs up the Scorpio Killer while in custody to learn where he's hidden a kidnapped girl, and gets called out on it. After Scorpio gets let out of custody because of it and other red tape issues, the killer pays a guy to beat the crap out of him so he can blame the beating on Harry, whose only defense is that it couldn't have been him, cause if he was the one who beat him, the guy would look a lot worse.



%%* PragmaticHero
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
* PreMortemOneLiner: Dirty Harry has his famous speech, which is actually an offer for his enemy to surrender. The second time he gives it, at the end of the film, is very much in keeping with this trope, as Harry Callahan is in no mood to let Scorpio live after all he's done.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: The Scorpio Killer grabs a boy as a hostage; Callahan responds by shooting him in the shoulder (the boy escapes unscathed) and delivering his "Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya', punk?" line before finally taking him out.



* RapidFireNo: The Scorpio Killer does it right before Callahan tortures him on the football field.



%%* RatedMForManly
* RealityEnsues: Harry is a CowboyCop who happens to be a total arsehole with almost no friends; he's legendary but pretty much a BrokenAce. One of the film's most famous scenes involves him tracking down Scorpio and belting the shit out of him. Not only is Harry promptly the subject of justifiable rage by his captain, but Scorpio expresses a desire to sue.



* RevolversAreJustBetter: Dirty Harry famously uses a gigantic Smith & Wesson Model 29, which chambers .44 magnum bullets. The gun is extremely powerful, and the long barrel plus adjustable sights make it basically a pocket-rifle. Around the time the movie was filmed, some police actually did carry such large revolvers, but they eventually proved excessively powerful.



* {{Sadist}}: The Scorpio Killer is completely AxCrazy and very sadistic as well, his worst act being kidnapping and burying a teenage girl alive.



* SerialKiller: Scorpio, who was based on the Zodiac Killer.



* ShootTheHostageTaker: Scorpio takes a young boy hostage. Harry simply shoots him in the shoulder and the boy escapes.
* SissyVillain: The Scorpio Killer. The contrast is made more blatant by the fact that Harry Callahan is played by quintessential "man's man" Creator/ClintEastwood.



* ShutUpHannibal: Harry is held at gunpoint by Scorpio, who plans to kill him after a good bit of Evil Gloating, but before he can get the chance, Harry stabs Scorpio in the leg. And for added humor, Scorpio lets out a huge girly scream.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Harry is held at gunpoint by Scorpio, who plans to kill him after a good bit of Evil Gloating, EvilGloating, but before he can get the chance, Harry stabs Scorpio in the leg. And for added humor, Scorpio lets out a huge girly scream.


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* TortureAlwaysWorks: Harry presses down on the Scorpio killer's badly wounded leg (he was just shot with a .44 revolver) until he tells him where to find a girl he had kidnapped and left to suffocate. Naturally, he finds out where she is, only to discover that she has already died. The killer promptly walks away from the law by crying "police brutality", much to Harry's disgust.


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* UrbanHellscape: The UrExample and TropeMaker. The eponymous character is a CowboyCop who has become disillusioned with by-the-book policework, and seeing criminals frequently get OffOnATechnicality. He thus frequently takes the law into his own hands, and the films either explore the sort of conditions that justify his actions, or what happens when other police go to even more brutal methods from his example.
* VillainOpeningScene: The film begins with the first Scorpio murder. More accurately, it starts with a pretty girl taking a swim in a rooftop pool, then zooms out at length until we see the barrel of a sniper rifle...


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* WeaponOfChoice: Harry Callahan is famous for using a .44 Magnum revolver, and is responsible for popularizing the revolver as the Weapon Of Choice for badasses everywhere. The size of the weapon reflects his lack of subtlety.
6th Mar '17 11:50:50 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BatmanColdOpen: All the films have a scene where Harry stops a crime unrelated to the main plot. Here, he foils a bank robbery while enjoying a hot dog.



* BitPartBadGuys: The bank robbers were basically there so Harry could show off his skills with the .44 Magnum and deliver his famous "Do you feel lucky?" speech.



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%% * BusFullOfInnocentsBuriedAlive: Scorpio demands ransom from the city of San Francisco after he kidnaps a teenage girl. He claims his prisoner only has enough air to last until 3:00 a.m. the following morning. When he gets the ransom, he says "I changed my mind. I'm going to let her die." [[spoiler:When Harry Callahan catches up to Scorpio on a football field, he uses the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique to make him give up the girl's location, but when the police dig her up, it turns out the poor girl's already dead.]]
* BusFullOfInnocents: In the climax, Scorpio holds a busful of children hostage as our hero chose to disobey orders to pay him his ransom and simply leaps on the school bus himself.



* EspeciallyZoidberg:
-->'''De Georgio:''' Ah, that's one thing about our Harry, doesn't play any favorites! Harry hates everybody: Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, Chinks, you name it.\\
'''Gonzales:''' How does he feel about Mexicans?\\
'''De Georgio:''' Ask him.\\
'''Harry Callahan:''' Especially Spics.
* EvilIsHammy: Andy Robinson is decidedly... unsubtle as the Scorpio Killer.



* ExperiencedProtagonist: Callahan has already served long enough on the force to earn himself a reputation as an infamous CowboyCop before the film begins.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Andrew Robinson was chosen because he had a "face like a choir boy." Scorpio is a murdering psychopath.



* PoliceAreUseless: The San Francisco Police are seen as being extremely bureaucratic to a point where it interferes with justice and causes murderers like Scorpio to get away with their actions. Even the title character has to break the rules in order to get anything done, to the point where at the end he throws away his badge as a symbol of his disgust with the system.



* ShutUpHannibal: Harry is held at gunpoint by Scorpio, who plans to kill him after a good bit of Evil Gloating, but before he can get the chance, Harry stabs Scorpio in the leg. And for added humor, Scorpio lets out a huge girly scream.



* TelevisionGeography:
** Going from Forest Hills Station to Aquatic Park to Mount Davidson in under an hour would be a neat trick in a car (without sirens), let alone on foot.
** Harry also is able to take the train directly from Forest Hills to Delores Park which is impossible in RealLife. You have to take a separate line.



%%* WhatTheHellHero

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%%* WhatTheHellHero* WhatTheHellHero: Harry gets called out on the tactics that he used to bring Scorpio in, including his full-on [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Jack Bauer style interrogation]] on the football field. Granted, Harry was absolutely furious after Scorpio revealed himself as a complete [[TheSociopath sociopath]] (who didn't feel like revealing the location of his [[BuriedAlive hostage]] after all), but it still qualified as WhatTheHellHero in the eyes of Harry's superiors.
3rd Feb '17 11:18:39 AM Morgenthaler
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There's also [[VideoGame/DirtyHarry a 1990 NES game based on the films]].
15th Dec '16 9:41:12 PM Doug86
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* RareGuns: Scorpio's rifle is an Arisaka No. 2 Paratrooper takedown rifle, but rechambered in .30-'06 and given a sporter stock. Ironically, this makes it virtually worthless from a collector standpoint after the value of Imperial Japanese militaria exploded in the 1990s, since, being one of the rarest rifles in WorldWarTwo, it would be worth thousands unmodified.

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* RareGuns: Scorpio's rifle is an Arisaka No. 2 Paratrooper takedown rifle, but rechambered in .30-'06 and given a sporter stock. Ironically, this makes it virtually worthless from a collector standpoint after the value of Imperial Japanese militaria exploded in the 1990s, since, being one of the rarest rifles in WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it would be worth thousands unmodified.
26th Nov '16 9:43:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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26th Nov '16 9:43:48 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ActorAllusion: During the bank robbery scene, there's a marquee playing ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', which Creator/ClintEastwood directed and starred in.


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23rd Oct '16 4:26:28 PM dmcreif
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** Played painfully straight when it came to Scorpio getting released from prison. Basically the only thing that would be ruled inadmissible in real life would be his confession, due to the fact that he hadn't been read his rights and had been coerced by torture into giving it. Harry should have been able to charge him with assault, attempted murder and kidnapping of a police officer. Everything else was perfectly admissible. His partner could also have laid charges as a witness; he was close by and saw the whole thing, and Scorpio shot at him, too. The very fact that Scorpio has a fresh knife wound exactly like the one Harry (legally) gave the guy in the balaclava and the same voice would be enough for a conviction. Semi-justified with the rifle, a sporterised Japanese Arisaka (rechambered in Springfield .30-'06), which, as a war prize, could easily have no paperwork at all. In Scorpio's case, while exigent circumstances would certainly apply (someone's life was in imminent danger), his residency is Kezar Stadium, and it is under the consent of the groundskeeper. The trouble with this is the groundskeeper, most likely, does not have the legal standing to grant such permission, which therefore makes Scorpio a squatter and thus his rights are not protected. However, courts have held that even homeless people squatting in public parks have the constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures-the key is whether it can be considered their "house", even if they're squatting there, so that part isunclear.

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** Played painfully straight when it came to Scorpio getting released from prison. Basically the only thing that would be ruled inadmissible in real life would be his confession, due to the fact that he hadn't been read his rights and had been coerced by torture into giving it. Harry should have been able to charge him with assault, attempted murder and kidnapping of a police officer. Everything else was perfectly admissible. His partner could also have laid charges as a witness; he was close by and saw the whole thing, and Scorpio shot at him, too. The very fact that Scorpio has a fresh knife wound exactly like the one Harry (legally) gave the guy in the balaclava and the same voice would be enough for a conviction. Semi-justified with the rifle, a sporterised Japanese Arisaka (rechambered in Springfield .30-'06), which, as a war prize, could easily have no paperwork at all. In Scorpio's case, while exigent circumstances would certainly apply (someone's life was in imminent danger), his residency is Kezar Stadium, and it is under the consent of the groundskeeper. The trouble with this is the groundskeeper, most likely, does not have the legal standing to grant such permission, which therefore makes Scorpio a squatter and thus his rights are not protected. However, courts have held that even homeless people squatting in public parks have the constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures-the key is whether it can be considered their "house", even if they're squatting there, so that part isunclear.is unclear.
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