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Dirty Harry
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Genre:Action
Year:1971
Rating:R
Length:1 Hour 42 Minutes
Cast:Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

The police drama was spun on its head in 1971 by the violent, glib, and anarchic DIRTY HARRY, a Nixon-era hit that continues to influence films as varied as LETHAL WEAPON and SEVEN. Clint Eastwood, in one of his most iconic roles, stars as Harry Callahan, a rebellious member of the San Francisco Police Department assigned to the gruesome Zodiac Killer case. In his pursuit of the long-haired serial killer, this hard-boiled hero stands by his individualistic code of honor even when it comes violently in conflict with the modern legal system. Director Don Siegel (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) transfers this detective out of 1940s noir to a realistic modern city, illuminating the urban nightmare in all its decayed perversity. There is a simplicity to Siegel's clean, direct style that belies the deep emotional core of the film, and the action scenes, while as exciting as they come, are staged on a human scale. DIRTY HARRY makes the perfect introduction to the work of one of America's best action directors. Ben Wolf

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