Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1983. Warner Bros.. Story by Earl E. Smith, Charles B. Pierce, Screenplay by Joseph Stinson, based on characters created by Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Produced by Clint Eastwood. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno. Film Editing by Joel Cox.
Clint Eastwood‘s Dirty Harry is back for a fourth chapter and the guy is still a celluloid treat. The lines of good and evil get muddied when Harry becomes the target of a mob family after antagonizing an elderly mafioso that the cops have under surveillance, forcing the department to send him to a smaller seaside town to lay low for a while. Once there, Harry is embroiled in a string of murders being committed by a vengeful woman (Sondra Locke) who is killing the people who brutally raped her and her sister ten years earlier. This is the only one of the Harry movies that Eastwood directed himself, which results in the superstar taking it to a realm familiar in many of his directorial efforts, creating a story’s wholeness by examining both the masculine and feminine sides of a situation. Locke, in her last collaboration with Eastwood before their acrimonious split as a real-life couple, is particularly effective, almost relegating Harry to a secondary role, while the bloody shoot-outs do not disappoint anyone looking for a high-octane good time. Terrific photography of dark and quiet but tense nights (another Eastwood staple) and a fantastic supporting cast.