R | | Action, Crime, Mystery
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.
Michael Cimino did another draft of the screenplay when original writer John Milius was unavailable as he was prepping Dillinger (1973) at the time.
This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?
A metal ramp is seen bolted to the front bumper of the 1972 Ford Galaxie sedan (Lt. Briggs' unmarked unit) when it rams Officer Grimes' motorcycle head on.
The credits are played over a hand (presumably Harry's) holding a 44 Magnum against a red background. As such, this is the only Dirty Harry movie in which the opening credits are not played over San Francisco scenery.
The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits made to throat punches and shots of the twitching bodies of Ricca and the pimp, and the killing of the prostitute in the taxi was also heavily shortened. The cuts were fully waived in 1986.
$6,871,011 (USA) (30 December 1973)