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Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood stars as no-holds-barred San Francisco cop Dirty Harry Calahan in this action thriller that began as an action franchise--Dirty Harry. When detective Harry Calahan is assigned to pay extortion money to a serial murderer, the payoff goes wrong. Now with the life of a 14-year-old girl at stake, Callahan refuses to allow anything--including the law--to keep him from stopping the killer.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: As tough and taciturn as its no-nonsense hero, Dirty Harry delivers a deceptively layered message without sacrificing an ounce of its solid action impact.
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Common Sense Says
'70s rebel-cop classic is way too edgy for kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this classic police thriller inspired a video game and numerous other PG-13 Hollywood cop-opera shoot-em-ups, it was intended as a very adult film, with frank swearing and occasional full-frontal nudity -- often in the context of a decadent community crawling with degeneracy and lawlessness. Violence includes bloody shootings, stabbings, and even schoolchildren threatened. For all the action, the movie doesn't exactly make police work appealing as a career path (especially the bitter last scene).
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Genre:Action, Thriller
- Release Date:December 22, 1971
- Audio Format:5.1
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