Classic Hollywood #71 – Clint Is “Dirty Harry” Again

Clint Eastwood Reprises His Role As “Dirty Harry” For The Fourth Time – 1983

Megastar Clint Eastwood is soon to be seen again in his hard-hitting role as Dirty Harry. He will be starring in an explosive new thriller called “Sudden Impact”,  that will mark the 4th film about tough, unconventional detective Harry Callahan. This time, in a change of situation, Dirty Harry finds himself the target of an assassination attempt while working on a particularly nasty murder case. The first film built upon the character was “Dirty Harry”, and came to the screen in 1971. This was followed by “Magnum Force” in 1974, and “The Enforcer” in 1977. Shot mainly on location in San Francisco, the film is described as an action-packed thriller. Clint Eastwood, who also directs this production, holds the distinction in the film industry as being the biggest box-office grosser throughout the world.  He is seen here disrupting a robbery attempt in the new film. photo: Bandphoto 1983

Sudden Impact was the only time Clint Eastwood undertook directorial duties in the Dirty Harry franchise. The movie spawned one of the most memorable quotations in film history and made its way into the American vernacular. In the scene shown above, Clint Eastwood, threatening to shoot one of the robbers says, “Go ahead, make my day.”

Eastwood played the role of Dirty Harry one more time in 1988 in The Dead Pool.

One piece of trivia which may be hard to imagine, but the original script for Dirty Harry was originally intended for Frank Sinatra!

Sinatra dropped out of playing the role and Clint Eastwood took over the project and changed the personality of Harry Callahan to a rebel.

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