Dirty Harry (1971)

Directed by  Don Siegel

A killer is on the loose on the streets of San Francisco. It’s up to detective “Dirty” Harry Callahan to stop him. The killer’s m.o. is rooftop sniping posting in the local classifieds under the alias ‘Scorpio’ the killer demands $100,000 or the killings will continue.Harry is partnered with a young partner Chi-co and together they put together the pieces to stop this maniac.

This is Eastwood’s first portrayal as Dirty Harry in what would be a long line of successful films. I love anything Eastwood does whether he’s acting or directing. Director Don siegel had a career for working with big names throughout his career he made the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) directed Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heroes. Lee Marvin in The Killers (1964) and again with Eastwood for Two Mules for Sister Sarah (1970), The Beguiled (1971) and the great film, Escape from Alcatraz (1979) He is considered the mentor for Eastwood’s directing career. The music for the film was composed by Lalo Schifrin who also did the music for the Mission Impossible series (1968-1973) and the soundtrack to the film Bullitt (1968) starring Steve McQueen. This film was a block buster! With a budget of $4 million dollars it grossed nearly 36 million dollars!


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