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« on: April 03, 2009, 05:44:05 PM »

Watched the original Dirty Harry back in the 70's and now again on the new DVDs, but something's wrong. Was it my imagination? Or wasn't there a chillingly brutal scene showing the maniacal Scorpio extracting the hostage's tooth with a pair of pliers?

On the DVD, it went from after the rooftop shootout, straight to the police chief's office where the tooth was shown in a box. Is there a missing scene?

Please, I gots to know....!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 06:03:03 PM »

I don't believe that was ever a scene in the movie. That's the power of suggestion, I guess. Seeing the tooth and hearing how it was taken out can put some strong images in the mind.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 06:09:04 PM »

That scene's not in any version I've ever seen (and I've seen it in the theater several times, though to be sure ... not back in the 1970s).

It's not in the novelization, either, though that does include a scene where Scorpio picks up Mary Ann Deacon.

And it's not included in the list of deleted scenes over on the great Dirty Harry website, www.the-dirtiest.com.

I'm guessing it was never in the movie ... the imagination plays funny tricks with memory sometimes. However, I'd be curious to know whether anyone else out there has a similar memory?
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 09:26:45 PM »

Thanks for the replies, guys. But damn, I'm still not sure I imagined it. It can't be, the images are too vivid - the look of terror on the girl's face, and the maniacal look on Scorpio's face, grinning sadistically thru the red ski mask.

Wish there were some way I could download the images directly from my brain.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009, 10:26:22 AM »


I first saw the film on the big screen in 1978 and that was an original print from early 1972 (the films UK release)

and you guessed it, that scene was not present.

I have never heard of it existing.


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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009, 02:23:34 PM »

maybe you just had a dream about that.


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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 05:52:11 PM »

I first saw the film on the big screen in 1978 and that was an original print from early 1972 (the films UK release)

and you guessed it, that scene was not present.

I have never heard of it existing.


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If it had existed, though, Philo ... would it have been shown in the UK? ???
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2009, 06:30:50 AM »

Probably as I can't imagine the way Siegel would shoot such a scene would not make it acceptable for the "X" certificate the film received from the British board of film censors.

Don't forget KC we got the full uncut version of The Beguiled on original release which the MPAA didn't think suitable for you guys.


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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2009, 08:50:47 AM »

Was there some issue with The Beguiled possibly getting an X rating in the US? ???
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2009, 09:16:37 AM »

The amputation sequence was shortened to gain an "R" rating.
This was later restored for home video etc.
Not sure if an "X" was ever considered. Given the way Universal handled it, there is a wonder they weren't going for "GP" as it was then, later "PG"

I saw an original print at the Don Siegel tribute introduced by Mr Eastwood at the DGA in 1993, it was cut but was a great trade off as it was original Technicolor and boy the colours were lovely, especially his blooded boot as the film comes into full colour.

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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2009, 11:23:17 AM »

If it had existed, though, Philo ... would it have been shown in the UK? ???

In the UK we get most films uncensored.  :)
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