"To the city of San Francisco: I will enjoy killing one person every day until you pay me 100,000 dollars. If you agree, say so tomorrow morning in personal column, "San Francisco Chronicle" and I will set up meeting. If I do not hear from you, it will be my next pleasure to kill a Catholic priest or a [black person]. Scorpio"
The above comes from this absorbing crime thriller This film, which introduced "Dirty Harry" to the world, was one of the major movies that shot Clint Eastwood into super-stardom.
The first scenes of this movie are especially good, what I call "signature Eastwood."
Andy Robinson gives a mesmerizing performance as serial killer, Scorpio.
The finale of this movie is unforgettable.
The background music adds to each scene.
There was considerable controversy when this movie was first released. This was over issues such as police brutality to victim's rights and the nature of law enforcement. Feminists did not like this movie.
However, this controversy hasn't hurt this film's bottom line. Its budget was four million dollars. Its box office take too date is almost thirty-six million dollars.
Eastwood's iconic portrayal of the blunt, cynical, unorthodox detective in perpetual trouble with his incompetent bosses, set the style for a genre of "loose-cannon" cop films.
Finally, the DVD itself (the deluxe edition released in 2008) has four extras. I found all of them interesting.
In conclusion, in my opinion, this was one of the the best of the five "Dirty Harry" movies that was made.
(1971; 1 hr., 40 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 31 scenes)
**because he'll take any dirty job that comes along.
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>