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Dirty Harry

Continuity mistake: In the early scene when Harry walks across the street to confront the wounded robber on the street ("Did he fire six shots or only five?"), the shotgun used by the robber is lying several feet from the robber's hand, but when he reaches the robber, the camera shot shows the shotgun just a few inches from the robber's left hand.

Continuity mistake: The blackmail note Harry finds after the first murder is pinned to an antenna. When the note is projected at the Mayor's office there is no trace of the rather big hole in the middle.

NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: During the scene on the football pitch where Callahan is torturing Scorpio to force him to say where the kidnapped girl is, there are several shots as if from Callahan's viewpoint. As the camera switches between the two characters, the white painted lines on the pitch mysteriously move or even vanish underneath Scorpio.

Factual error: When Harry is confronting the bank robber and the robber says he has to know if Harry had any shots left, Harry cocks the hammer which rotates the cylinder. If you watch closely when he pulls the trigger the cylinder rotates again. This can happen only when the trigger is pulled in double action mode (hammer down).

Other mistake: According to the big photograph in their respective offices Bressler and the DA share the same pair of little daughters.

NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Scorpio leaves the hospital after treatment of his face injuries he has a band aid over his nose and a rectangular gash on the forehead. When he kidnaps the bus the tape is higher up his nose, and after he hits the little boy it is shorter. The gash on the forehead turns triangular at the end before they crash into the gravel pit area.

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Other mistake: When Callahan is going to deliver the yellow bag containing the money to Scorpio, he tapes a knife to his leg with sellotape. However, later when he uses the knife to stab Scorpio in the leg, there is no sellotape on his leg.

Plot hole: Scorpio is not charged with any crime due to inadmissible evidence. There is no reason why he could not have been charged with assault on a police officer, and with shoot to kill a police officer, given he assaulted Harry and shot Chico, who both were witnesses.

mightymick

Continuity mistake: When Scorpio falls into the lake the ripples he creates disappear within seconds, but when the camera angle changes the ripples are back and there a lots of leaves floating on the water which weren't there before.

NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Scorpio takes the fishing boy hostage the shrubs behind Scorpio keep changing. Actually, there shouldn't be any as he is standing right at the edge of the lake.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the car with the bank robbers drives off Harry shoots the driver. The car crashes in a flower stand and knocks over a hydrant. When the camera angle changes to a view from the back you see a cable coming out of the trunk.

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Revealing mistake: Near the end the psycho killer pays a black man to beat him up so that he can then blame the injuries on Dirty Harry. Watch the killer's hairdo as he gets punched and beaten: a couple of rear-view scenes show an obviously fake wig, intended to look like the killer's own bad-hair-day style.

Audio problem: When Harry shoots Scorpio in the leg on the football field, as he walks towards him, Scorpio shouts out "Don't do anything more! No! No!" If you look at Scorpio's face, however, you can see his mouth is not moving in sync with what he is saying.

Continuity mistake: When Scorpio shoots the girl in the pool a red towel is spread over the backrest of the right deckchair. When the police officers are dealing with the girl's body the towel is crumpled in the seat of the chair, but when Harry looks at the pool from the other building the towel is again spread out as before.

NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When the boy in the school bus says he wants to go home to see his mother, he raises his hand. In the next shot when Scorpio goes up to him, his hand is seen lowered, and when Scorpio smacks the boy, his hand is raised again.

Revealing mistake: When Harry kills Scorpio with the last bullet the deadly wounded Scorpio looks back over his shoulder while he is flying into the lake to prepare for the dive.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry is standing in front of the cross the light comes from behind. When the camera angle changes as Scorpio walks up to him the light comes from the side.

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Revealing mistake: When Scorpio robs the liquor store, the bottle that he was going to purchase is used to hit the clerk over the head, but you can see it is empty.

Continuity mistake: The angle from which Scorpio shoots the girl in the swimming pool does not match the way she is hit in the shoulder.

NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Harry asks Bressler for some scotch tape to fix the knife to his leg the tape holder turns around before Bressler picks it up.

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Harry Callahan: I know what you're thinking."Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?

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Frank Sinatra was going to play Harry Callahan, but had to pull out due to illness.

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