Trivia / Dirty Harry

  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Thrills: #41
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Heroes And Villains:
    • #17 Hero, Harry Callahan
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Movie Quotes:
    • #51, "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The line is "Do I feel lucky?", not "Do you feel lucky?".
    • Nor is it "Do ya feel lucky, punk?" (although that is what Eastwood said in the second film).
  • Dawson Casting: Debralee Scott, the uncredited actress playing the (nude) 14 year old girl, was (thankfully) 18.
  • Dueling Movies: The first film with The French Connection, another 1971 Cowboy Cop movie.
  • Fountain of Expies: Harry, being the Trope Codifier for the Cowboy Cop, is the starting point for many Anti-Hero police characters.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the first movie, at the quarry scene in the end, Andy Robinson is taking his own stepson Steve Zachs hostage.
  • The Red Stapler: Sales of Harry's iconic Smith & Wesson Model 29 shot through the roof after the movie's release.
    • Specifically, Smith & Wesson stopped producing the Model 29 several years before the film's production. Clint Eastwood himself contacted S&W representative Bob Sauer, who had several assembled from parts at the factory. Smith & Wesson reintroduced the Model 29 shortly after the film's release.
  • Throw It In: Andy Robinson improvised several of Scorpio's lines, including the "hubba hubba" bit over the telephone and "my, that's a big one" when Harry pulls his gun in the park. The flip that Scorpio does when he is shot by Harry in the stadium was also Robinson's idea.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The first choice for the role of Harry was Paul Newman, who declined on political principle. The filmmakers then offered the role to Frank Sinatra. Unfortunately, however, due to hand and wrist injuries he sustained while shooting The Manchurian Candidate, Sinatra could not hold the gun correctly.
    • John Wayne lobbied hard for the role of Harry but the studio felt he was too old for the part.
    • 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.
    • Audie Murphy was initially offered the role of the Scorpio Killer, but declined due to fears of scarring young children.
  • Working Title: The title of the first film's script was Dead Right.

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