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.
Scorpio wears a belt with a peace symbol buckle throughout the film. According to director Don Siegel, "It reminds us that no matter how vicious a person is, when he looks in the mirror he is still blind to what he truly is".
Mr. Mayor, Inspector Callahan
The Mayor: All right. Let's have it.
Harry Callahan: Have what?
The Mayor: You report. What have you been doing?
Harry Callahan: Well, for the past three-quarters of an hour, I've been sitting on my ass waiting on you.
When Harry runs up the stairs inside San Francisco City Hall to attend a meeting in the Mayor's office, he continues straight on at the top of the stairs. However, the Mayor's office is directly behind him at this point, overlooking the front of the building. He would have needed to turn a full 180 degrees at the top of the stairs, in order to go towards the office.
During the opening credits, the word "Dirty" in the title is in brown as opposed to the rest of the credits' yellow.
In an edited version that aired on the San Francisco station KBHK-TV (now KBCW-TV) in November of 1992, the pre-title sequence showed the doomed woman in the yellow bathing suit, but not through a sniper scope as in the original theatrical version. The pre-title sequence in this version also omitted frontal shots of Scorpio's rifle as it was being aimed. In addition, this version omitted footage of a nude Ann Mary Deacon being pulled out of a hole, instead showing Miss Deacon's covered body on a stretcher.
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