History Trivia / DirtyHarry

6th Mar '17 4:23:39 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* 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.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Scorpio is one of RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** Andy Robinson plays
the most monstrous villains on film. Andrew gleefully bigoted, murderous psychopath Scorpio. Whereas the vegetarian, liberal pacifist Robinson is a pacifist who despises guns. Robinson's performance was so effective 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 the actor Robinson actually received [[FanDumb death threats.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 4:22:41 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The most powerful handgun in the world. In fairness, the claim is only made in the initial movie, but an upgrade is made to the .44 [=AutoMag=] in ''Sudden Impact''. Given that handguns have gone up to impractical calibres even for action movies, he goes back to his famous S&W revolver for ''The Dead Pool''.
19th Jan '17 10:04:50 AM hullflyer
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** A video game for the series was planned, but ultimately fail through.

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** A video game for the series was planned, but ultimately fail fell through.
15th Oct '16 8:42:24 PM MasoTey
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* 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.



** 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.

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** 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.De Giorgio.


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* 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.
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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* 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.
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