History Trivia / DirtyHarry

17th Sep '16 7:35:57 PM Godzillawolf
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** A video game for the series was planned, but ultimately fail through.
19th Jul '16 4:52:04 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/{Bullitt}'' had already set the bar]].

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** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/{Bullitt}'' had already set the bar]].
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** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' had already set the bar]].

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** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' ''Film/{Bullitt}'' had already set the bar]].
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** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/Bullitt'' had already set the bar]].

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** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/Bullitt'' ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' had already set the bar]].
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19th Jul '16 4:01:18 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* WagTheDirector:
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ClintEastwood initially did not want to toss the badge, believing it indicated that Callahan was quitting the police department. Creator/DonSiegel 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 Siegel's preferred ending.
** The first choice for the role of Harry was Creator/PaulNewman, who declined on political principle. The filmmakers then offered the role to Music/FrankSinatra. Unfortunately, however, due to hand and wrist injuries he sustained while shooting ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', Sinatra could not hold the gun correctly. Additionally, his father had recently passed away, and Sinatra decided he wanted to do some lighter material.

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* WagTheDirector:
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
WagTheDirector: Creator/ClintEastwood initially did not want to toss the badge, believing it indicated that Callahan was quitting the police department. Creator/DonSiegel 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 Siegel's preferred ending.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The first choice for the role of Harry was Creator/PaulNewman, who declined on political principle. The filmmakers then offered the role to Music/FrankSinatra. Unfortunately, however, due to hand and wrist injuries he sustained while shooting ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', Sinatra could not hold the gun correctly. Additionally, his father had recently passed away, and Sinatra decided he wanted to do some lighter material.



** In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Creator/GeorgeCScott claimed that he was initially offered the role, but the script's violent nature led him to turn it down. Creator/LeeMarvin also passed on it.

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** ** In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Creator/GeorgeCScott claimed that he was initially offered the role, but the script's violent nature led him to turn it down. Creator/LeeMarvin also passed on it.
19th Jul '16 4:00:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorAllusion: In the bank robbery scene, the movie theater across the street lists ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'', a movie Creator/ClintEastwood also starred in, and the first feature film directed by him, released earlier in 1971, on its marquee.



* BannedInChina: The film was banned in Finland for over a year.



* DirectedByCastmember: In Creator/DonSiegel's absence, Creator/ClintEastwood directed the scene with the suicide jumper.



* LifeImitatesArt: In 1972, a copycat crime took place in the state of Victoria in Australia, in which two men kidnapped a teacher and six pupils at gunpoint and demanded a $1 million ransom. The state government agreed to pay but the children managed to escape and the kidnappers were subsequently jailed. One of them was called Eastwood.
** In September 1981 a case occurred in Germany, under circumstances quite similar to the Barbara Jane Mackle case: A ten-year-old girl, Ursula Hermann, was buried alive in a box fitted with ventilation, lighting and sanitary systems to be held for ransom. The girl suffocated in her prison within 48 hours of her abduction because autumn leaves had clogged up the ventilation duct. Twenty seven (27) years later, a couple was arrested and tried for kidnapping and murder on circumstantial evidence. According to the Daily Mail, the couple were inspired by the scene in which Scorpio kidnaps a girl and places her in an underground box.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Scorpio is one of the most monstrous villains on film. Andrew Robinson is a pacifist who despises guns. Robinson's performance was so effective that the actor actually received death threats.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The first choice for the role of Harry was Creator/PaulNewman, who declined on political principle. The filmmakers then offered the role to Music/FrankSinatra. Unfortunately, however, due to hand and wrist injuries he sustained while shooting ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', Sinatra could not hold the gun correctly.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
WagTheDirector:
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/ClintEastwood initially did not want to toss the badge, believing it indicated that Callahan was quitting the police department. Creator/DonSiegel 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 Siegel's preferred ending.
** The first choice for the role of Harry was Creator/PaulNewman, who declined on political principle. The filmmakers then offered the role to Music/FrankSinatra. Unfortunately, however, due to hand and wrist injuries he sustained while shooting ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', Sinatra could not hold the gun correctly. Additionally, his father had recently passed away, and Sinatra decided he wanted to do some lighter material.



** The screenplay for the first film went through numerous iterations and had several potential endings, including one in which Scorpio gets dispatched by a Marine sniper rather than Harry himself. Eastwood felt that the later drafts were overcomplicating the core premise and opted for one of the earliest screenplays written instead.

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** Creator/SteveMcQueen turned the film down because he didn't want to do another cop movie after ''Film/{{Bullitt}}''.
** Warner Bros. considered Creator/MarlonBrando for the lead role, but never officially approached him.
** Creator/BurtLancaster turned down the lead role because he strongly disagreed with the violence of the story and with what he perceived to be its "right-wing" morals.
** Creator/RobertMitchum turned down the lead role, calling this, "a film I would not do for any amount". Mitchum's younger brother John appears in the first three films as Insp. Frank DiGeorgio.
** Creator/JamesCaan was considered for Scorpio in the early stages.
** In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Creator/GeorgeCScott claimed that he was initially offered the role, but the script's violent nature led him to turn it down. Creator/LeeMarvin also passed on it.
** Plans for a CarChase were dropped as, [[ItsBeenDone ''Film/Bullitt'' had already set the bar]].
** The screenplay for the first film went through numerous iterations and had several potential endings, including one in which Scorpio gets dispatched by a Marine sniper rather than Harry himself. Eastwood felt that the later drafts were overcomplicating the core premise and opted for one of the earliest screenplays written instead. The story was originally set in Seattle.


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** Creator/TerrenceMalick wrote a draft where Scorpio was a vigilante who killed wealthy criminals who had escaped justice. Creator/DonSiegel didn't like this draft, but Creator/ClintEastwood did, and it formed the basis for the sequel ''Film/MagnumForce''.
** The "Do I feel lucky?" scene originally ended with Harry putting the gun to his own head. Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/DonSiegel thought this was too extreme, even for Dirty Harry.
* WordOfDante: Andrew Robinson created a backstory for Scorpio which involved him being drafted into the Vietnam War, and seeing unspeakable horrors. When he returned home to the United States, he found himself a figure of hate, and his war experiences, combined with the people's treatment of soldiers, caused him to go insane.
19th Jul '16 2:28:42 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AFIS100Years100Thrills: #41
* AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains:
** #17 Hero, Harry Callahan
* AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
** #51, "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

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* AFIS100YearsSeries
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AFIS100Years100Thrills: #41
* ** AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains:
** *** #17 Hero, Harry Callahan
* ** AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
** *** #51, "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
24th Jun '16 12:10:09 PM igordebraga
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: ''(The) Inspector Harry'' in a few countries, ''Inspector Callaghan: The Scorpio Case Is Yours'' in Italy, ''Dirty Cop'' in Dutch, ''Implacable Pursuer'' in Brazil, and ''The Fury of Reason'' in Portugal.
27th Mar '16 9:17:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** For ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' fans, Andrew "[[EnsembleDarkhorse Garak]]" Robinson plays Scorpio Killer in the first movie.
** Also, [[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]] is apparently the Mayor of San Francisco.
*** And [[Film/AnimalHouse Otter]] gets killed in ''Magnum Force''.
*** Along with [[Series/StarskyAndHutch Hutch]] and ''SpenserForHire''.
** Harry's partner Chico in the first movie is "Poppy" the pizza chef who doesn't wash his hands on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
** Before she paired up with [[Series/CagneyAndLacey Cagney, Lacey]] got her training under Dirty Harry.
** [[SuperMarioBros Mar]][[CharlesMartinet io]] is a police station reporter.
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