Movies for the Rest of Us with Bill Newcott: Dirty Harry Turns 50

Bill Newcott explains why, 50 years later, we’re still wild about Harry.

Clint Eastwood

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  1. Replying to the previous comment I say get over it. We need more cops in real life like Dirty Harry. I live in a rural area with few neighbours who mind their own business & bother no one else. I like it that way. I even practice my sharpshooter skills occasionally. I have warning signs as you make it up my driveway which is 550 feet before running into my property. Like my other neighbours we have a zero tolerance policy for thieves. So there’s enough posted warning signs and I have enough firepower and know how to use it in case any idiot wants to try anything resulting in me to make my day.

  2. An interesting look back at a movie that seems like it’s been around almost my whole life Bill, because it has! Not sure how well it’s aged (classic cop thriller or not) with a white cop’s gun pointed at a black mans’s head; bank robbery or not. It… just looks especially bad now for reasons that are well known to all of us.

    I used to do some of his lines. Of course Clint’s easy to impersonate. Marlon Brando, not so much. Plenty of guys can say his famous lines, but I could/can do an uncanny impression, really sounding him. There’s a big difference. Got paid one time (complicated) to have a phone conversation to spot=on fool some people in the know. It worked.

    Maybe that’s partially because I like Brando a lot more as he was actually a multi-dimensional actor over his career. Still, I’d enjoy a 50th look back on ‘Play Misty For Me’ (Oct. ’71) if you like.

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