Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry (1971)

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After attempting to hunt Scorpio several times, each time with varying amounts of disregard for standard police rules, and each time a complete failure, Scorpio hijacks a school bus, and Harry goes 100% vigilante. Harry chases him down, shoots him in the shoulder, points the gun at him, and gives him the famous "Do ya feel lucky, punk?" threat. Scorpio think's he's bluffing, and tries to retrieve his gun, but Harry executes him with the last bullet in the chamber.

JJ Lison

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). (00:14:00)

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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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Trivia: Clint Eastwood directed the attempted suicide/jumper sequence when director Don Siegel fell ill during production.

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Question: When Harry delivered his famous "do you feel lucky" monologue at the start, did he know his gun was empty? And when he repeated it at the end, did he know the gun was loaded?

MikeH

Answer: He certainly knew at the start, which is why he felt confident in pointing the gun at the (disarmed) robber and pulling the trigger. Harry knew he was bluffing, but passed it off so well the robber wasn't sure. At the end of the film, again, he knew he had one bullet left and wanted to bait Scorpio into attacking him, giving him an excuse to fire.

Chosen answer: That question is the entire point of the first scene. You're meant to wonder whether he knew or not. At the end of the film, you're given the impression he does know, and is hoping the killer will attack him, giving him an excuse to fire.

Jason Hoffman
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