Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dirty Harry (1971)

Dirty Harry,1971,USA
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Andy Robinson

Don Siegel's "Dirty Harry" is one of the great cop thrillers. Although mostly remembered for it's immortal lines "Do you feel lucky? Well do ya punk?" spoken by it's star Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry is a terrific,engaging and entertaining thriller. The plot of the film revolves around a San Francisco Cop, Who always gets results but has little regard for the rules, he is taken to his limit when a new killer who snipes at random victims from rooftops begins to strike fear throughout the city. Detective Harry Callahan must take it upon himself to capture the killer known as "Scorpio". The film is directed by Don Siegel who does a terrific job really capturing the essence of the 70's on film, in order to make an incredibly suspenseful Thriller. One of my favorites elements of the film is it's Villain "Scorpio" Played by Andy Robinson. Robinson's character really reminded of the cunningness and brutality of Malcolm McDowell's Alex DeLarge character in "A Clockwork Orange"(released the same year). Scorpio makes a great and threatening villain all through out the film, although not threatening in appearance he's cunningness, edginess and the way he is able to kill innocent people without any remorse in very threatening. The villain is well matched with the toughness and all round coolness of the hero played by Clint Eastwood, who gives in my opionion one of his best performances in possily his best non- Sergio leone film. "Dirty Harry" was loosely based on the Zodiac murders which were occurring at the time. It also was followed by five sequels and continues to influence the thriller genre after being released over 40 years ago. Overall Dirty Harry is a great film, a very entertaining and suspenseful thriller from a master filmmaker and features Eastwood in his prime.

Tom: 3.5/4

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