R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.
The idea of a car chase was dropped as another cop thriller set in San Francisco - Bullitt (1968) - had already set the bar for that. The car chase was used in the subsequent Dirty Harry sequels Magnum Force (1973), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988).
Have you been following that man?
Harry Callahan: Yeah, I've been following him on my own time. And anybody can tell I didn't do that to him.
Harry Callahan: Cause he looks too damn good, that's how!
There are numerous contradictions and inconsistencies with San Francisco Police Department polices on tailing suspects, correct radio procedures and etiquette, calling in their position, calling for backup, and unlawfully discharging their firearm (e.g., the police fire their guns into the air as warning shots).
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