Dirty Harry

February 21, 2011

One line review: The grandfather of the modern dirty cop, Dirty Harry manages to still be unique despite being the original.

Movie Title: Dirty Harry

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, John Vernon, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino, John Larch, John Mitchum, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington

Director: Don Siegel

Year: 1971

Genre: Action

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% – A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel’s wonderful coups of cutting and framing.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Unlike most genre starting movies, this one still feels unique and fresh. The most impressive part of this movie to me was that unlike other bad-ass cop characters, Harry has to deal with actual consequences of his actions. His illegal arrest of the villain actually causes him to be released, and the criminal uses this to his advantage to keep Harry off his back. The ending where Harry actually walks away is refreshing compared to so many other of these action movies that keep the door open for sequels. This is definitely a fantastic, action packed movie that still maintains realism.