Review: There is a mad man lurking around San Francisco who calls himself “The Scorpio Killer”. It is Inspector Harry Callahan’s job to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.
Director: Don Siegel
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson and Harry Guardino
Genre: Action, Classics, Crime and Drama
This is the film that made Clint Eastwood a star overnight. Expertly directed and by the same director who worked on Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). A masterpiece of film making. The script was very well written. The cinematography is really good in this and captures San Francisco fantastically. This was a film meant originally for Frank Sinatra. In 1972 a copycat crime took place in the state of Victoria, Australia. Two men kidnapped a teacher and six pupils at gunpoint. The kidnappers were subsequently jailed, one of them was called Eastwood. All the way through this film Clint Eastwood performed all his own stunts. Apparently this role was given to Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster and Robert Mitchum but they all turned the role down. In one scene Callahan jumps off a bridge and lands on the top of a school bus. This bridge was torn down in August 2003. There were four sequels to this film Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). This will always remain a classic film and one you can sit down and watch even to this day. At the start of 2012 Film Critic Barry Norman produced a list in the Radio Times of his 100 Greatest Films of all time and this was in his list.