Dirty Harry (1971)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American crime thriller with borderline horror elements directed by Don Siegel. It was the first film to feature Clint Eastwood's iconic officer .

Plot Summary

“Dirty” Harry Callahan, a San Francisco cop with a reputation for extreme methods, is pitted against a serial killer who is sniping victims from . As the number of victims increases, Callahan is forced to resort to ever more brutal ways to find and stop him.


* = uncredited

Director: Don Siegel
Suicide Jumper Sequence Directed by: Clint Eastwood *
The Malpaso Company, Warner Brothers
Executive Producer: Robert Daley
Producer: Don Siegel
Associate Producer: Carl Pingitore
Script: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, Dean Riesner, John Milius *
Story: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink
Director of Photography: Bruce Surtees
Editor: Carl Pingitore
Music: Lalo Schifrin
Sound: William Randall
Costume Designer: Glenn Wright
Make Up: Gordon Bau
Hair: Jean Burt Reilly
Art Director: Dale Hennesy
Locations: California Hall, San Francisco, California, USA; Larkspur, Marin County, California, USA; Mill Valley, California, USA; San Francisco, California, USA

Clint Eastwood (Harry Callahan)
Harry Guardino (Bressler)
Reni Santoni (Chico)
John Vernon (the mayor)
Andy Robinson (Scorpio)
John Larch (Police Chief)
John Mitchum (De Georgio)
Mae Mercer (Mrs Russell)
Lyn Edgington (Norma)
Ruth Kobart (bus driver)
Woodrow Parfrey (Mr Jaffe)
Josef Sommer (Rothko)
William Paterson (Bannerman)
James Nolan (liquor store proprietor)
Maurice Argent (Sid Kleinman)
Jo De Winter (Miss Willis)
Craig Kelly (Sergeant Reineke)

Alternative Titles

Dead Right – shooting title

Extracts included in
The American Film Institute Salute to Clint Eastwood (1996)
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001)
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (1991)
Precious Images (1986)

See also
The Creature Wasn't Nice (1981)
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Loose Cannons (1990)
The Mask (1994)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
Quest for Camelot (1998)
Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Short Circuit 2 (1988)


Cinema of the '70s no.1 (2020) pp.4-9 – illustrated article (Clint Eastwood and Don Siegal: A chance collaboration by James Cadman)
CinemaTV Today no.10033 (26 May 1973) p.12 – note (General releases)
FilmMagasinet May/June 1996 p.80 – review (by Erlend Eskeland)

The BFI Companion to Crime by Phil Hardy (ed.) pp.107-108 – review

Other sources
BFI Southbank Guide April 2020 p.31 – illustrated listing