History Film / DirtyHarry

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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.
23rd Oct '16 4:25:27 PM dmcreif
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* HollywoodHealing: Averted. After being stabbed and later shot in the leg by Harry, the Scorpio killer limps for the rest of the movie.

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* HollywoodHealing: Averted. After being stabbed and later shot in the leg by Harry, the Scorpio killer limps has a limp for the rest of the movie.



** An interesting aversion: When Harry notes that he was justified in shooting a man he was sure had intent to rape, and his superior reacts skeptically, Harry replies, "When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for UsefulNotes/TheRedCross." This ''would'' be considered a legally justified shooting, under "Plain Sight", which says that if a cop sees a crime in the process of being committed right in front of him, he's allowed to take down the perpetrator, without a warrant. Said rule also is applicable to Harry's takedown of the bank robbery crew, which is why he's cleared of that so quickly. The mayor even notes that Harry's got a point.
** 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 tortured into giving it. Nothing else would be thrown out. Scorpio could've been arrested for assault, possession of a deadly weapon, and attempted murder. The evidence they found would be admissible under an "exigent circumstances" standard today, but in the 1970s, this had yet to be enacted by the courts.
** Scorpio may not have had a constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures, given that he was squatting (the groundskeeper let him live in his shed, which isn't legal without permission by the stadium's owner). 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's unclear.

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** An interesting aversion: When Harry notes that he was justified in shooting a man he was sure had intent to rape, and his superior reacts skeptically, Harry replies, "When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for UsefulNotes/TheRedCross." This ''would'' be considered a legally justified shooting, under "Plain Sight", which says that if a cop sees a crime in the process of being committed right in front of him, he's allowed to take down engage the perpetrator, without a warrant. Said rule also is applicable to Harry's takedown of the bank robbery crew, which is why he's cleared of that so quickly. The mayor even notes that Harry's got a point.
** 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 tortured coerced by torture into giving it. Nothing else would be thrown out. Scorpio could've Harry should have been arrested for able to charge him with assault, possession of a deadly weapon, and attempted murder. 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 evidence they found 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 admissible 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 an "exigent circumstances" standard today, but in the 1970s, consent of the groundskeeper. The trouble with this had yet to be enacted by is the courts.
** Scorpio may
groundskeeper, most likely, does not have had a constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures, given that he was squatting (the groundskeeper let him live in his shed, the legal standing to grant such permission, which isn't legal without permission by the stadium's owner). 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's unclear.part isunclear.



* NoWarrantNoProblem: Under pressure to rescue a girl BuriedAlive, Detective Callahan breaks into the home of serial killer Scorpio on a tip and tortures a confession and the hostage's location out of him. The confession and the murder weapon he collects are [[OffOnATechnicality inadmissible]], see below, Scorpio walks, and on top of it all, [[spoiler: he is too late to save her]].
* OffOnATechnicality: None of the evidence Harry gets from Scorpio can be used, since he used torture getting it. Still, he should have been able to charge him with assault, attempted murder and kidnapping -- on himself. Plus, the only evidence that would have been excluded is Scorpio's initial confession. Everything else was perfectly admissible. His partner could also have laid charges; 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 by the Fourth Amendment.

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* NoWarrantNoProblem: Under pressure to rescue a girl BuriedAlive, Detective Callahan Harry breaks into the home of serial killer Scorpio on a tip and tortures a confession and the hostage's location out of him. The confession and the murder weapon he collects are [[OffOnATechnicality inadmissible]], see below, Scorpio walks, and on top of it all, [[spoiler: he is too late to save her]].
* OffOnATechnicality: None of the evidence Harry gets from Scorpio can be used, since he used torture getting it. Still, he should have been able to charge him with assault, attempted murder and kidnapping -- on himself. Plus, the only evidence that would have been excluded is Scorpio's initial confession. Everything else was perfectly admissible. His partner could also have laid charges; 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 by the Fourth Amendment.See HollywoodLaw.



* RareGuns: Scorpio's rifle, 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, 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.



** In the climatic scene (after Scorpio crashes the bus into a dirt embankment), Scorpio after engaging in a gun battle with Callahan grabs a boy who was sitting on a nearby pier and threatens to kill him if Callahan dares take a step closer.

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** In the climatic scene (after Scorpio crashes the bus into a dirt embankment), Scorpio after engaging in a gun battle with Callahan grabs a boy who was sitting on a nearby pier and threatens to kill use him as a human shield if Callahan dares take a step closer.
16th Oct '16 12:29:24 AM MasoTey
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* WouldHitAGirl: Scorpio rapes [[spoiler:and kills]] a teenage girl and assaulting children -- boys and girls alike -- on the school bus. He also holds a gun to the female bus driver's head and throws her out of the driver's seat (after Callahan tracks down the bus and jumps on its roof from a railroad bridge).

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* WouldHitAGirl: Scorpio rapes [[spoiler:and kills]] a teenage girl and assaulting assaults children -- boys and girls alike -- on the school bus. He also holds a gun to the female bus driver's head and throws her out of the driver's seat (after Callahan tracks down the bus and jumps on its roof from a railroad bridge).
15th Oct '16 8:39:33 PM MasoTey
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* DaChief: Every one of Harry's superiors to varying extents.

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%% * DaChief: Every one of Harry's superiors to varying extents.Lt. Bressler



* InfantImmortality: Averted. "He was only eight years old."

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. "He was only eight ten years old."



* InternalAffairs
* 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.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Callahan performs this on Scorpio on the football field.
* ''{{MAD}}'': "Dirty Larry" [[spoiler: (which ends with the thing he throws away at the end ("Besides, after what I just did, they'd never let me back in, anyway...") turning out to be Clint Eastwood's Screen Actors Guild card!).]]

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%% * InternalAffairs
* 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.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique
JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Callahan performs this on Scorpio on the football field.
* ''{{MAD}}'': "Dirty Larry" [[spoiler: (which ends with the thing he throws away at the end ("Besides, after what I just did, they'd never let me back in, anyway...") turning out to be Clint Eastwood's Screen Actors Guild card!).]]
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Andy Robinson plays the gleefully bigoted, murderous psychopath Scorpio in ''Dirty Harry''. 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.
** Presumably goes for Eastwood himself, too, given the actor has a reputation for being a fairly nice guy, whereas Harry is... well, Harry.
* NobleBigotWithABadge In his initial meeting with Gonzales in the first movie which was more hazing the new guy than real bigotry:
-->'''Di Georgio:''' Ah that's one thing about our Harry. Doesn't play any favorites! [[HatesEveryoneEqually Harry hates everybody.]] Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, [[BoomerangBigot Honkies]], Chinks, you name it.\\

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor:
**
Andy Robinson plays the gleefully bigoted, murderous psychopath Scorpio in ''Dirty Harry''.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. \n** What makes this disturbing is that Robinson actually received [[FanDumb death threats]] after the movie was released.
** Presumably goes Goes for Eastwood himself, too, given the actor has a reputation for being a fairly nice guy, whereas Harry is... well, Harry.
* NobleBigotWithABadge In his initial meeting with Gonzales in the first movie which Gonzales, though this was more hazing the new guy than real bigotry:
-->'''Di Georgio:''' -->'''De Giorgio:''' Ah that's one thing about our Harry. Doesn't play any favorites! [[HatesEveryoneEqually Harry hates everybody.]] Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, [[BoomerangBigot Honkies]], Chinks, you name it.\\



'''Di Georgio:''' Ask him.\\
'''Harry Callahan:''' Especially Spics.*winks at Di Georgio*

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'''Di Georgio:''' '''De Giorgio:''' Ask him.\\
'''Harry Callahan:''' Especially Spics. *winks at Di Georgio* De Giorgio*



* OffOnATechnicality: None of the evidence Harry gets from Scorpio in the first movie can be used, since he used torture getting it. Still, he should have been able to charge him with assault, attempted murder and kidnapping-on himself. Plus, the only evidence that would have been excluded is Scorpio's initial confession. Everything else was perfectly admissible.His partner could also have laid charges; 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 by the Fourth Amendment.
* OhCrap: The wounded bank robber (also played by Albert Popwell - see YouLookFamiliar) when he thinks Harry is about to shoot him.

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* OffOnATechnicality: None of the evidence Harry gets from Scorpio in the first movie can be used, since he used torture getting it. Still, he should have been able to charge him with assault, attempted murder and kidnapping-on kidnapping -- on himself. Plus, the only evidence that would have been excluded is Scorpio's initial confession. Everything else was perfectly admissible. His partner could also have laid charges; 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 by the Fourth Amendment.
* OhCrap: The wounded bank robber (also played by Albert Popwell - see YouLookFamiliar) when he thinks Harry is about to shoot him.



* PoliceBrutalityGambit: Pulled by Scorpio in the first movie. Harry can tell immediately that it isn't him. How? "'Cause he looks too damn good, that's how!"
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Scorpio says he would consider it a pleasure to "kill a Catholic priest or a nigger."
** Also, [[spoiler:he follows through on the latter (then the former later on)]]. Needless to say, [[spoiler:the black guy Scorpio pays to beat him up so he can frame Callahan for it]] sure seems to enjoy the job. He kicks Scorpio again after throwing him out the door, saying "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny this one's on the house!]]"
* PyrrhicVictory - Part 1 and 3.
** Arguably, also Part 2. Just imagine the fallout of [[spoiler: Briggs' conspiracy]], even if it remained contained.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Harry responds to the mayor's policies on police brutality with the fact that he "shoots the bastard" when it comes to intent to rape. Also, he lets Jennifer off the hook with her revenge killings of her rapists when Mick is found with the murder weapon on his person.

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* PoliceBrutalityGambit: Pulled by Scorpio in the first movie.Scorpio. Harry can tell immediately that it isn't him. How? "'Cause he looks too damn good, that's how!"
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Scorpio says he would consider it a pleasure to "kill a Catholic priest or a nigger."
** Also, [[spoiler:he
" [[spoiler:He follows through on the latter (then the former later on)]]. Needless to say, [[spoiler:the black guy Scorpio pays to beat him up so he can frame Callahan for it]] sure seems to enjoy the job. He kicks Scorpio again after throwing him out the door, saying "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny this one's on the house!]]"
* PyrrhicVictory - Part 1 and 3.
** Arguably, also Part 2. Just imagine the fallout of [[spoiler: Briggs' conspiracy]], even if it remained contained.
%%* PyrrhicVictory
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Harry responds to the mayor's policies on police brutality with the fact that he "shoots the bastard" when it comes to intent to rape. Also, he lets Jennifer off the hook with her revenge killings of her rapists when Mick is found with the murder weapon on his person.



** In "Sudden Impact", Harry's backup gun is an AMP Auto Mag 180 (made by the designer himself from parts he had in his basement). AMP was bankrupt by the time the film was made, and very few Auto Mags were made during production.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Lieutenant Bressler is easily the only one [[DaChief of Harry's superiors]] that is actually anyway sympathetic towards him and isn't either an ObstructiveBureaucrat, a glory-grabbing JerkAss [[spoiler: or a DirtyCop]].

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** In "Sudden Impact", Harry's backup gun is an AMP Auto Mag 180 (made by the designer himself from parts he had in his basement). AMP was bankrupt by the time the film was made, and very few Auto Mags were made during production.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
Lieutenant Bressler is easily the only one [[DaChief of Harry's superiors]] that is actually anyway sympathetic towards him and isn't either an ObstructiveBureaucrat, a glory-grabbing JerkAss [[spoiler: or [[spoiler:or a DirtyCop]].



* ReassignedToAntarctica: Harry starts ''Magnum Force'' in the Stakeout Squad, and in ''The Enforcer'' gets reassigned to Personnel after ram-raiding a liquor-store robbery turned hostage situation.
-->'''Harry:''' Personnel? But that's for assholes!
-->'''DaChief:''' ''(DeathGlare)'' I was [[IResembleThatRemark in Personnel for ten years!]]
-->'''Harry:''' Yeah...
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Although Harry's not above settling for a semi-auto HandCannon should he lose his trusty Model 29.
** Supposedly {{Enforced|Trope}} in RealLife: It's been claimed that the Auto-Mag jammed so often that they kept a diver on set to retrieve the pistol every time Clint got pissed and threw it off the pier.



* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco: All five movies, although in ''Sudden Impact'' the location moves to fictional seaside town farther south called San Paolo (which is Santa Cruz as a fictional version of itself).



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight

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%% * ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight



* ShoutOut: Here's a weird one: CorruptCop "Red" Astrachan is named after a variety of apple. Weirder still is that he's not the only guy in an action series to have that distinction, and [[{{Rambo}} he isn't even the most famous]].
** Harry tossing his badge in the end is one, to ''Film/HighNoon''.
* StrawCharacter: One of the most common criticisms of the first film's politics is that it uses an almost cartoonishly evil and one-dimensional villain (and, similarly, a preposterously weak-willed and ineffectual local government and police force) in order to make Harry's rather extreme methods seem reasonable and even necessary by contrast. Creator/RogerEbert observed this in his original review:
--> ''The movie clearly and unmistakably gives us a character who understands the Bill of Rights, understands his legal responsibility as a police officer, and nevertheless takes retribution into his own hands. Sure, Scorpio is portrayed as the most vicious, perverted, warped monster we can imagine -- but that's part of the same stacked deck. The movie's moral position is fascist. No doubt about it.''

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* ShoutOut: Here's a weird one: CorruptCop "Red" Astrachan is named after a variety of apple. Weirder still is that he's not the only guy in an action series to have that distinction, and [[{{Rambo}} he isn't even the most famous]].
**
Harry tossing his badge in the end is one, to ''Film/HighNoon''.
* StrawCharacter: StrawCharacter:
**
One of the most common criticisms of the first film's politics is that it uses an almost cartoonishly evil and one-dimensional villain (and, similarly, a preposterously weak-willed and ineffectual local government and police force) in order to make Harry's rather extreme methods seem reasonable and even necessary by contrast. Creator/RogerEbert observed this in his original review:
--> ---> ''The movie clearly and unmistakably gives us a character who understands the Bill of Rights, understands his legal responsibility as a police officer, and nevertheless takes retribution into his own hands. Sure, Scorpio is portrayed as the most vicious, perverted, warped monster we can imagine -- but that's part of the same stacked deck. The movie's moral position is fascist. No doubt about it.''



* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Harry's [[HandCannon .44 Magnum]] is his main sidearm and the most powerful pistol used in the films unless you count the Automag as being higher powered or a sawn-off shotgun as a pistol.
** {{Subverted}} with the ''bazooka'': it was the right weapon to deal with someone placed in a tower.
** To back this trope up the weakest gun ever used on screen by Callahan was a Smith and Wesson Model 10 in .38 special, used when he confronts some hijackers in a plane in ''Film/MagnumForce'' and takes one from them. This results in him double tapping, just to make sure. In ''The Enforcer'', [[FridgeBrilliance he explains to Kate that he's seen]] [[LittleUselessGun .38 Special rounds bounce off car windscreens]], hence why he carries a HandCannon in the first place.

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* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Harry's [[HandCannon .44 Magnum]] is his main sidearm and the most powerful pistol used in the films unless you count the Automag as being higher powered or a sawn-off shotgun as a pistol.
** {{Subverted}} with the ''bazooka'': it was the right weapon to deal with someone placed in a tower.
** To back this trope up the weakest gun ever used on screen by
TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Harry Callahan was disgusts a Smith jumper by saying how much blood and Wesson Model 10 in .38 special, used when he confronts some hijackers in a plane in ''Film/MagnumForce'' guts are going to be on the floor and takes one from them. This results in how he doesn't want to go down with him, eventually Harry tricks him double tapping, just to make sure. In ''The Enforcer'', [[FridgeBrilliance he explains to Kate that he's seen]] [[LittleUselessGun .38 Special rounds bounce off car windscreens]], hence why he carries onto a HandCannon in the first place.fire truck.



* TitleDrop: His partner in the first film wanted to know why people call inspector Callahan, Dirty Harry. He gets mixed answers. It wasn't until after Harry talks a man out of jumping by insulting him, that he tells his new partner the real reason:

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* TitleDrop: His partner in the first film wanted wants to know why people call inspector Callahan, Dirty Harry. He gets mixed answers. It wasn't until after Harry talks a man out of jumping by insulting him, that he tells his new partner the real reason:



* UnbuiltTrope: Harry's methods aren't actually shown all that positively. His interrogation of the Scorpio killer is [[GoryDiscretionShot downright horrific]], and ends up doing no good anyway. And in the end, [[spoiler: he throws away his badge after disregarding his orders and endangering innocents. He realized that he [[HeelRealization crossed the line]], and was no longer fit to carry the badge]].
** Which is all of course cheerfully ignored for the sequels, where he's always right [[spoiler:and somehow has his badge again]].

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* UnbuiltTrope: Harry's methods aren't actually shown all that positively. His interrogation of the Scorpio killer is [[GoryDiscretionShot downright horrific]], and ends up doing no good anyway. And in the end, [[spoiler: he throws away his badge after disregarding his orders and endangering innocents. He realized that he [[HeelRealization crossed the line]], and was no longer fit to carry the badge]].
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badge]]. Which is all of course cheerfully ignored for the sequels, where he's always right [[spoiler:and somehow has his badge again]].



* VomitingCop: In the first film, Chico is about to throw up after seeing Scorpio's second victim.
* WhatTheHellHero
* WouldHurtAChild: A major part of the criminal activities of one Charles Davis, aka the "Scorpio Killer," who freely and remorselessly romps about San Francisco. He shoots a young African American boy, sniper style, to death before later kidnapping, brutally raping and [[BuriedAlive burying alive]] a young teen-aged girl. In the later case, he demands a huge ransom for her safe return ... but then, just for the fun of it, he refuses to reveal his whereabouts until Callahan tortures him during questioning. (Even at that, the girl is found dead inside her grave.) Later, after he is freed, due to claims of improper search and seizure on Callahan's part and that other Constitutional rights were violated, Scorpio redoubles his sadism. After robbing a liquor store and killing everyone inside, he hijacks a school bus full of children. Scorpio delights in slapping both boys and girls around, and forcing them to sing the children's song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," and even threatens to shoot several of the kids. In the climatic scene (after Scorpio crashes the bus into a dirt embankment), Scorpio after engaging in a gun battle with Callahan grabs a boy who was sitting on a nearby pier and threatens to kill him if Callahan dares take a step closer. However, Callahan is able to see a brief opening, shoots and badly wounds Scorpio; he later kills him when Scorpio tries to grab his pistol.
** WouldHitAGirl: See above, particularly with his rape and killing of the teenage girl and assaulting children on the school bus. He also holds a gun to the female bus driver's head and throws her out of the driver's seat (after Callahan tracks down the bus and jumps on its roof from a railroad bridge).
*** In the films, Callahan is never shown killing a female, however in one of the original novels based upon the character a female is revealed to be one of the big bads, and as a result Callahan shoots her to death as she tries to escape by swimming.
** The sad thing is that Andy Robinson is actually a nice guy, contrasting with the ruthless nature of the "Scorpio Killer," and gave such a convincing performance he got several death threats from people who watched the movie, and had to get an unlisted telephone number.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Scorpio [[spoiler:pays some black guy to beat him up, just so he could frame Callahan for it]]. [[PayEvilUntoEvil Understandably, said black guy evidently enjoys the job.]]
** To be fair, Scorpio did call him a "black son of a bitch".
* YouLookFamiliar: Albert Popwell played mooks in most of the films. (The bank robber in ''Dirty Harry''; the pimp shot and killed in his Cadillac at close range by a rogue cop in ''Magnum Force''; The Muslim Brotherhood leader Mustafa in ''The Enforcer''). This sets up a nice subversion of his typecasting as a red shirt in ''Sudden Impact'' when he creeps up on Harry with a shotgun only to be revealed as a colleague from the department. It's lampshaded briefly in ''The Enforcer'' when Harry asks Mustafa if he knows him.
* YouNeedABreathMint: Harry tells Captain [=McKay=], after [=McKay=] gives Harry a too close dressing down, "Your mouthwash ain't makin' it".

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* VomitingCop: In the first film, Chico is about to throw up after seeing Scorpio's second victim.
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* WouldHurtAChild: A major part of the criminal activities of one Charles Davis, aka the "Scorpio Killer," who freely and remorselessly romps about San Francisco. Francisco.
**
He shoots a young African American boy, sniper style, to death before later kidnapping, death.
** Later, he kidnaps,
brutally raping rapes and [[BuriedAlive burying buries alive]] a young teen-aged girl. In the later case, he demands a huge ransom for her safe return ... but then, just for the fun of it, he refuses to reveal his whereabouts until Callahan tortures him during questioning. (Even at that, the [[spoiler:the girl is found dead inside her grave.) Later, after he is freed, due to claims of improper search and seizure on Callahan's part and that other Constitutional rights were violated, Scorpio redoubles his sadism. After robbing a liquor store and killing everyone inside, he grave]].)
** He
hijacks a school bus full of children. Scorpio delights in slapping both boys and girls around, and forcing them to sing the children's song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," and even threatens to shoot several of the kids. kids.
**
In the climatic scene (after Scorpio crashes the bus into a dirt embankment), Scorpio after engaging in a gun battle with Callahan grabs a boy who was sitting on a nearby pier and threatens to kill him if Callahan dares take a step closer. However, Callahan is able to see a brief opening, shoots and badly wounds Scorpio; he later kills him when Scorpio tries to grab his pistol.
**
closer.
*
WouldHitAGirl: See above, particularly with his rape and killing of the Scorpio rapes [[spoiler:and kills]] a teenage girl and assaulting children -- boys and girls alike -- on the school bus. He also holds a gun to the female bus driver's head and throws her out of the driver's seat (after Callahan tracks down the bus and jumps on its roof from a railroad bridge).
*** In the films, Callahan is never shown killing a female, however in one of the original novels based upon the character a female is revealed to be one of the big bads, and as a result Callahan shoots her to death as she tries to escape by swimming.
** The sad thing is that Andy Robinson is actually a nice guy, contrasting with the ruthless nature of the "Scorpio Killer," and gave such a convincing performance he got several death threats from people who watched the movie, and had to get an unlisted telephone number.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Scorpio [[spoiler:pays some black guy to beat him up, just so he could frame Callahan for it]]. [[PayEvilUntoEvil Understandably, said black guy evidently enjoys the job.]]
** To be fair,
]] Scorpio did ''did'' call him a "black son of a bitch".
* YouLookFamiliar: Albert Popwell played mooks in most of the films. (The bank robber in ''Dirty Harry''; the pimp shot and killed in his Cadillac at close range by a rogue cop in ''Magnum Force''; The Muslim Brotherhood leader Mustafa in ''The Enforcer''). This sets up a nice subversion of his typecasting as a red shirt in ''Sudden Impact'' when he creeps up on Harry with a shotgun only to be revealed as a colleague from the department. It's lampshaded briefly in ''The Enforcer'' when Harry asks Mustafa if he knows him.
* YouNeedABreathMint: Harry tells Captain [=McKay=], after [=McKay=] gives Harry a too close dressing down, "Your mouthwash ain't makin' it".
bitch".
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* ActorAllusion: During the bank robbery scene, there's a marquee playing ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', which Creator/ClintEastwood directed and starred in.



* {{Badass}}: Harry. Who else? He's portrayed by Creator/ClintEastwood.
* BadassBoast: After Scorpio pays a man to beat him severely as part of a frame up, Harry defends himself from Scorpio's claim that Harry beat him, saying that "(Scorpio) looks too damn good" to have been beaten by Harry.

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* {{Badass}}: Harry. Who else? He's portrayed by Creator/ClintEastwood.
* BadassBoast:
BadassBoast:
**
After Scorpio pays a man to beat him severely as part of a frame up, Harry defends himself from Scorpio's claim that Harry beat him, saying that "(Scorpio) looks too damn good" to have been beaten by Harry.



* BallisticDiscount (variant)
* {{BFG}}
** ''Dirty Harry'' sees Harry using a Winchester Model 70, chambered in the massive .458 Winchester Magnum cartridge to try and kill Scorpio in a rooftop shootout. Because of its parabolic trajectory, it's a very poor choice for countersniper duties, but fits his personality perfectly.
** During the final showdown in The Dead Pool, the Big Bad takes Harry's Magnum. Harry settled for a HARPOON GUN.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Scorpio in the first film is a monster, but Harry uses some rather questionable methods to defeat him.
* BondOneLiner

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* BallisticDiscount (variant)
BallisticDiscount: Variant. At a liquor store, Scorpio gets the clerk to show him the gun he keeps for protection. He is then able to surprise the clerk and take the weapon.
* {{BFG}}
** ''Dirty Harry''
{{BFG}}: This film sees Harry using a Winchester Model 70, chambered in the massive .458 Winchester Magnum cartridge to try and kill Scorpio in a rooftop shootout. Because of its parabolic trajectory, it's a very poor choice for countersniper duties, but fits his personality perfectly.
** During the final showdown in The Dead Pool, the Big Bad takes Harry's Magnum. Harry settled for a HARPOON GUN.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Scorpio in the first film is a monster, but Harry uses some rather questionable methods to defeat him.
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* BoomerangBigot: [=DiGeorgio=] claims Harry to be one, considering that he names honkies as one of several specific races he hates.

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* BoomerangBigot: [=DiGeorgio=] De Giorgio claims Harry to be one, considering that he names honkies as one of several specific races he hates.



* BusFullOfInnocents
* CaliforniaDoubling (for itself): Averted since almost everything in movies 1, 2, 3, and 5 was filmed on location in San Francisco and in the surrounding Bay Area, though there are a few exceptions:
** In ''Dirty Harry'', the only thing that isn't an on-location shot is the entire bank robbery scene, which was done on a Hollywood set.
* CelebrityParadox: During the bank robbery scene, there's a marquee playing ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', which Creator/ClintEastwood directed and starred in.
* ClintSquint
* ChekhovsGun: It's safe to assume any ridiculously powerful weapon introduced at the beginning of a Dirty Harry movie will be used later. The best example would definitely have to be [[spoiler:the enormous HarpoonGun used to impale Rook at the end of ''Film/TheDeadPool'']].
** Lt. Briggs mentions that he has never once taken his weapon out of its holster. [[spoiler: When he does, it's to give TheReveal that he's the BigBad]].
* CoolShades: Harry's.

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%% * BusFullOfInnocents
* CaliforniaDoubling (for itself): Averted since almost everything in movies 1, 2, 3, and 5 was filmed on location in San Francisco and in the surrounding Bay Area, though there are a few exceptions:
** In ''Dirty Harry'', the only thing that isn't an on-location shot is the entire bank robbery scene, which was done on a Hollywood set.
* CelebrityParadox: During the bank robbery scene, there's a marquee playing ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', which Creator/ClintEastwood directed and starred in.
%% * ClintSquint
* ChekhovsGun: It's safe to assume any ridiculously powerful weapon introduced at the beginning of a Dirty Harry movie will be used later. The best example would definitely have to be [[spoiler:the enormous HarpoonGun used to impale Rook at the end of ''Film/TheDeadPool'']].
** Lt. Briggs mentions that he has never once taken his weapon out of its holster. [[spoiler: When he does, it's to give TheReveal that he's the BigBad]].
%% * CoolShades: Harry's.



* CriminalMindGames: Scorpio.
* DaChief: Every one of Harry's superiors to varying extents. Lt Briggs from ''Magnum Force'' is a subversion in that [[spoiler: he's the BigBad]].

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%% * CriminalMindGames: Scorpio.
* DaChief: Every one of Harry's superiors to varying extents. Lt Briggs from ''Magnum Force'' is a subversion in that [[spoiler: he's the BigBad]].



* DistractedByTheSexy: On a stakeout, Harry decides for a moment that a undressing woman is more interesting to watch, and he nearly misses the crook.
* TheDogShotFirst: Harry only fired five shots in the theatrical version, but a sixth shot was added in the DVD. Originally, he fires five shots in single action, cocks the hammer to confront the surviving bank robber, lowers the hammer when the robber backs down, then cocks the hammer (rotating the cylinder to a previously fired chamber) and pulls the trigger - clicking the hammer on a spent case - when the robber says "I got's to know". By adding another shot, the confrontation was turned into a bluff.
* DoubleStandard: In the fifth movie a female journalist blackmails Harry into going to dinner with her. Imagine what would happen if a male journalist did that to a female cop.
* DramaticGunCock
** Justified since firing .44 Magnum rounds with a double-action pull would be highly inaccurate.
* ExaltedTorturer: Possibly the trope maker.
** RealityEnsues to keep things in check for Harry, though.
* {{Fanservice}}/FanDisservice: The first movie opens with a lovely young swimsuited woman going for a swim... who's Scorpio's first victim.
** [[spoiler: Plus we get to see poor Mary Ann's nude corpse being disinterred.]]
* FingerInTheMail: Scorpio in ''Dirty Harry'' kidnaps a 14-year-old girl, sending the police her bra, a lock of hair, and a [[{{Squick}} bloody tooth]] "pulled out with a pair of pliers".

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* DistractedByTheSexy: On a stakeout, Harry decides for a moment that a an undressing woman is more interesting to watch, and he nearly misses the crook.
* TheDogShotFirst: Harry only fired five shots in the theatrical version, but a sixth shot was added in the DVD. Originally, he fires five shots in single action, cocks the hammer to confront the surviving bank robber, lowers the hammer when the robber backs down, then cocks the hammer (rotating the cylinder to a previously fired chamber) and pulls the trigger - clicking the hammer on a spent case - when the robber says "I got's gots to know". By adding another shot, the confrontation was turned into a bluff.
* DoubleStandard: In the fifth movie a female journalist blackmails Harry into going to dinner with her. Imagine what would happen if a male journalist did that to a female cop.
* DramaticGunCock
**
DramaticGunCock: Justified since firing .44 Magnum rounds with a double-action pull would be highly inaccurate.
* ExaltedTorturer: Possibly the trope maker.
**
TropeMaker for film depictions in the US, and something of an UnbuiltTrope, at that. He gets an admission of guilt out of the Scorpio Killer by stomping on his injured leg, but RealityEnsues to keep things and Harry is informed by his superiors that [[DeconstructedTrope the confession can't be used in check for Harry, though.
court because he obtained it through illegal interrogation means]].
* {{Fanservice}}/FanDisservice: FanDisservice:
**
The first movie opens with a lovely young swimsuited woman going for a swim... who's who then becomes Scorpio's first victim.
** [[spoiler: Plus we We get to see poor Mary Ann's nude corpse being disinterred.]]
* FingerInTheMail: Scorpio in ''Dirty Harry'' kidnaps a 14-year-old girl, sending the police her bra, a lock of hair, and a [[{{Squick}} bloody tooth]] "pulled out with a pair of pliers".



* FreudianExcuse: Invoked in the first film: the chief of police asserts that it is likely Scorpio will return to the scene of the crime because of the compulsive behaviour criminals tend to exhibit, muttering that it must be to "feed their superego or something". Averted insofar as no clues are given as to Scorpio's backstory, motivations or even his name.

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* FreudianExcuse: Invoked in the first film: Invoked: the chief of police asserts that it is likely Scorpio will return to the scene of the crime because of the compulsive behaviour criminals tend to exhibit, muttering that it must be to "feed their superego or something". Averted insofar as no clues are given as to Scorpio's backstory, motivations or even his name.



* GoryDiscretionShot: In ''Dirty Harry'', the [[spoiler:10-year-old's injuries are not shown,]] though Harry is noticeably [[{{Squick}} Squicked]] about it, and Harry's partner Chico turns away disgusted.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: In ''Dirty Harry'', the The [[spoiler:10-year-old's injuries are not shown,]] though Harry is noticeably [[{{Squick}} Squicked]] about it, and Harry's partner Chico turns away disgusted.



* HatesEveryoneEqually: Harry, according to Di Georgio.

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* HatesEveryoneEqually: Harry, according to Di Georgio.De Giorgio.



*** On a related note, Scorpio may not have had a constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures, given that he was squatting (the groundskeeper let him live in his shed, which isn't legal without permission by the stadium's owner). 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's unclear.
* HonorBeforeReason: From the first film in reply to Harry's "feelin' lucky" speech:
-->Bank Robber: "I gots to know."

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*** On a related note, ** Scorpio may not have had a constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures, given that he was squatting (the groundskeeper let him live in his shed, which isn't legal without permission by the stadium's owner). 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's unclear. \n* HonorBeforeReason: From the first film in reply to Harry's "feelin' lucky" speech:\n-->Bank Robber: "I gots to know."
6th Oct '16 12:42:13 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CelebrityParadox: During the bank robbery scene, there's a marquee playing ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', which Creator/ClintEastwood directed and starred in.
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* GiveMeAReason: "Go ahead, make my day."



* ShootTheHostage "Go ahead, make my day."
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* HatesEveryoneEqually: Harry, according to Di Georgio.



-->'''Di Georgio:''' Ah that's one thing about our Harry. Doesn't play any favorites! [[HatesEveryoneEqually Harry hates everybody.]] Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, Chinks, you name it.\\

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-->'''Di Georgio:''' Ah that's one thing about our Harry. Doesn't play any favorites! [[HatesEveryoneEqually Harry hates everybody.]] Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, [[BoomerangBigot Honkies]], Chinks, you name it.\\
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