DON SIEGEL’S DIRTY HARRY — A MINI REVIEW BY NICK CLEMENT

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Don Siegel wasn’t too concerned with how people responded to his work. He made the kinds of movies he wanted to make, while clearly loving to provoke a visceral response from his audience. There are still a number of efforts I need to see from this filmmaker, but one thing’s for certain – Dirty Harry will always rock the house. I love Bruce Surtees’s stark cinematography in this film, and Lalo Schiffrin’s score is one for the ages. Clint in quite possibly the most iconic role of his legendary career, and it’s no surprise that John Milius did work on this ultra-ass-kicking film. And it’ll always tickle me to no end that Terrence Malick was paid for some writing services on this long-in-development project (more of his ideas would be used in Magnum Force). A critical firestorm at the time of its release, Dirty Harry would become a scandalous box-office smash, forever changing the landscape of the cop film.

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