A Clint in His Eye – Harry Callahan’s Best Movie Quotes

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American movie legend Clint Eastwood made fictional San Francisco police detective Harry Callahan a legend himself when he starred as Dirty Harry in a collection of five great films. Some of Harry Callahan’s quotes were as hard-hitting as his tough talking, no messing style of police work.

Eastwood made Inspector Harry Callahan a film icon with his great portrayal of the tough San Francisco cop in Dirty Harry(1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988). All were box office hits, and today still make big bucks in home entertainment revenue.

Here’s some great quotes by Harry Callahan that helped Dirty Harry cement his place in Hollywood history.

Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry movie quotes

Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry“When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross.”

Harry Callahan: We’re not just going to let you walk out of here
Crook: Who’s “we”, sucker?
Harry Callahan: Smith, Wesson and me.

“Well, opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.”

Chief: Callahan?…you willing to take the money to him?
Harry Callahan: When are you people gonna stop messing around with this guy. He’s gotta be stopped now.
Mayor: He’s got a bus load of kids and I can’t take that chance. I gave my word of honor on it, and he will not be molested…and that’s a direct order, Callahan!
Harry Callahan: Well, you can just get yourself another delivery boy.

Harry Callahan“Listen, punk. To me you’re nothin’ but dog shit, you understand? And a lot of things can happen to dog shit. It can be scraped up with a shovel off the ground. It can dry up and blow away in the wind. Or it can be stepped on and squashed. So take my advice and be careful where the dog shits, ya!”

Chief: Have you been following that man?
Harry Callahan: Yeah, I’ve been following him on my own time. And anybody can tell I didn’t do that to him
Chief: How?
Harry Callahan: Cause he looks too damn good, that’s how!

“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 one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

What’s your favorite Clint Eastwood and Dirty Harry movie quote?

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  1. Jonathan

    One of my favorite Dirty Harry quotes: “There’s nothing wrong with a little shooting, as long as the right people get shot”, from Magnum Force.

  2. paul white

    My favorite Dirty Harry quote is “do you feel lucky?”

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