Oh this is really good…classic, good tension, directing. Cops kinda incompetent but, yeah I’m digging this, they caught him and…OHFUCKOFF. Come onnnnn…there were a billion crimes they could link him to even before the dead girl. If anything, he beat Harry and revealed himself to Harry. That alone can keep him locked up for a year.
Fuckoffffff…its bad because they could have had their cake and eaten to with some tweaks to the crimes they could link him to. And then he gets beaten to frame Harry??? Come onnnnn…
There’s the scene early in the movie where Harry stumbles across a bank robbery, shoots at the robbers, and then does the whole “did he fire six shots, or only five” speech to the last guy. The guy gives up, and then Harry points his gun at him and pulls the trigger, showing that his gun was actually empty.
That kind of primes the audience for the final chase and shootout at the quarry. Harry chases and shoots at Scorpio as he’s fleeing through the quarry, and finally wounds him. He does the “did he fire six shots or only five” thing again, Scorpio reaches for his gun, and Harry kills him.
I counted the shots in the second shootout, and Harry does, indeed, fire five times before the speech. But the first shootout doesn’t work. I counted the shots there, too, and I think Harry only fires four times before his gun is empty.
I’m curious if anyone has seen this film un-edited. It’s possible that some shots (in both senses of the word) were taken out of the first scene, either for time or for content. Or, maybe the filmmakers didn’t bother with that bit of continuity. This was made in the days before home video, when repeated rewatching (and nitpicking) of movies wasn’t as common. It’s possible they thought nobody would be counting Harry’s shots in the first shootout, so they didn’t bother getting them right.
Does anyone know the answer?
The robber that Harry gets the drop on in the first shootout was played by Albert Popwell. He went on to appear in four of the Dirty Harry films, missing only The Dead Pool.
And The Dead Pool, by the way, inspired the name of Deadpool in Marvel Comics.
I’m saying that the attitudes about police in the early 1970s would have caused a different appraisal, much as we interpret Huckleberry Finn with a time frame in mine. I can see a connection between attitudes to police with regard to French Connection, possibly the dystopian Clockwork Orange, set at some time in the future. I’m not sure about the other films you cite.
When they showed the film on TV, you only see Harry fire 4 shots in the bank robbery scene. I remember noticing this, and thinking he should have blown the last robber (“I gotsta know”) away. But when the movie came out on DVD, you can see the un-edited version of the scene, and Harry does shoot 6 times. As I recall, one of the shots doesn’t really hit anything, and I think you only hear the other shot.
I always thought this was a huge goof on the part of the editing for TV people: they just looked for “superfluous” scenes to cut out not realizing how the lack of those 2 shots totally changes ending of that scene.