R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough-as-nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.
Uncredited screenwriter John Milius wrote his draft of this movie inspired by Akira Kurosawa's studies in lone-gun detectives, while producer and director Don Siegel tackled the material from the viewpoint of bigotry.
No, don't pass out on me now cop! No, no, no, no, no. Don't pass out on me yet, you dirty, rotten oinker! Do we understand each other? You better answer me, if you want to know where the girl is. Okay? Now listen... I've changed my mind. I'm going ...
When Callahan is playing Scorpio's game of running around different locations, Scorpio tells him not to talk to anybody or the girl dies. As Callahan is approaching his final destination at the cross, he tells Chico via wiretap that he sees a couple necking. However, it is possible that Scorpio didn't see this incident, as he couldn't have been watching Harry at this moment in time.
During the opening credits, the word "Dirty" in the title is in brown as opposed to the rest of the credits' yellow.
When screened on the cable TV channel, AMC, the first shootout was edited in such a way as to create a continuity error with Harry's "Did I shoot five times, or six?". In the edited version, his third shot is missing, as is his sixth shoot (which sends the robber crashing through a window). Thus, he only fires four times, not six, as he does in the unedited version.