R | | Action, Crime, Mystery
Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.
The car chase sequence was inspired by the one in the earlier Steve McQueen movie Bullitt (1968). There was an intention to top that car chase with this movie. Reportedly, the sequence is Clint Eastwood's favorite from the movie.
Insp. Al Quan:
It's like I was telling you, Harry. Celebrities, they always die in...
Harry Callahan: ...in threes.
Insp. Al Quan: At least the guy went out with...
Harry Callahan: ...a bang. Yeah, I know.
SPOILER: At the end of the car chase the RC vehicle is stopped under Harry's car between the front wheels. Harry then drives off in an attempt to evade it and the bomb detonates but all the damage happens to the front of the car. By driving forward Harry moved the passenger cabin above the bomb placing himself and Quan in more danger, but there is no damage to the vehicle beyond the engine bay. You have to wonder why Harry didn't just shoot the RC vehicle even if he'd have had to try left - handed. It's his usual solution to most threats after all.
To get a '18' rating in 1988, 12 seconds were removed from the UK version by the BBFC with edits made to images on a TV screen combining footage of a woman screaming in a car and a shot of a woman being attacked by a dog (the latter of which was stock footage from the 1977 film The Pack (1977)). In 2002 these cuts were waived.
$9,071,330 17 July 1988