DIRTY HARRY (1979)
Directed by Don Siegel
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, Harry Guardino
"...but, being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head CLEAN off, you got to ask yourself one question- do I feel lucky?"
Bow down mortals! You are in the presence of one of the great film icons, Dirty Harry Callahan. Every man wants to be him, and every woman wants to be with him. This movie set the bar high in the 70's for the action genre, and a slew of imitators were born in its wake. Don't settle for faking the funk, this is the real deal.
Sniper Scorpio is stalking the streets of San Francisco, striking victims at random. Rogue cop Inspector Harry Callahan is on the case and plans to catch his quarry by any means necessary. Dirty Harry knows Scorpio is a punk ass bitch, killing by stealth because he doesn't have the balls to go one on one with anybody. Rather than sit back and let Scorpio run rampant and escape justice because of a few stupid rules, Harry opts to do whatever it takes to catch the criminal, even if it means giving up his badge in the end.
Can you say "perfection"? There is not one stylistic mistake to be found in this movie. Eastwood is THE MAN, rugged, cynical, witty, and filled with righteous indignation at a flawed system that would allow known criminals to roam free. Andrew Robinson plays his role to the hilt, you will hate his cowardly yellow guts. JOHN VERNON is in this, for the love of cheese! Vernon is one of the demigods of cult moviedom, better to see him in this five star flick than in one of the many craptastic films he made during his career. If you are any kind of movie fan, you must have seen this one, no excuses.