Friday, August 14, 2015

Dirty Harry (1971)

dir. Don Siegel

A young woman shot by Scorpio (Andrew Robinson) in a rooftop swimming pool – Holiday Inn Select Downtown Hotel, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California. In 2006 the hotel became the Hilton San Francisco Financial District but the rooftop pool was removed.

Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) looking at the building used by Scorpio as a sniper’s nest – 555 California Street, San Francisco, California.

Callahan walking to the building used by Scorpio – Pine Street at Kearny, San Francisco, California.

Callahan stops a bank robbery in progress and taunts the surviving robber with the famous monologue about feeling lucky – Wall Street (formerly Factory Street), Universal Studios backlot, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California. The backlot was largely rebuilt following a fire in 2008 but the bank building seen in the film still stands and looks virtually the same.

Scorpio threatens to kill a priest – Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, California.

Scorpio on the roof – 1606 Stockton Street, San Francisco, California

Callahan and his new partner Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) driving past Big Al’s and Roaring 20’s – 556-552 Broadway, San Francisco, California

Callahan follows a suspect with a suitcase – Krausgrill Place at Filbert Street, San Francisco, California

Callahan looks into Hot Mary’s window and is beaten by the locals – 81 Medau Place, San Francisco, California

Callahan rescues a suicidal man – California Hall, 625 Polk Street, San Francisco, California.

The body of a boy is found – approximately at Texas and Sierra Streets, San Francisco, California. The area has since been redeveloped, and an apartment complex stands on the spot now.

The police headquarters – Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, California.

Callahan and Gonzalez’s rooftop stakeout – 1520 Stockton Street, San Francisco, California. The 40-foot ‘Jesus Saves’ neon sign was put up just for the filming. The building now hosts North East Medical Services.

Callahan and Gonzalez coming to the police headquarters – a view from the steps of the Hall of Justice onto Bryant Street, San Francisco, California

Callahan waiting for Scorpio’s ransom call – East Harbor Marina, San Francisco, California

Callahan running to a Muni Metro station – Forest Hill Station, Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco, California

The ransom run continues – Church Street at 20th, San Francisco, California

Callahan emerges from Fort Mason Tunnel – Van Ness Avenue near Aquatic Park, San Francisco, California

The hamburger stand – Van Ness Avenue, Aquatic Park, San Francisco, California

Callahan meeting with Scorpio – Mount Davidson Cross, Mount Davidson Park, 125 Dalewood Way, San Francisco, California

The emergency hospital where Scorpio is treated – Park Emergency Hospital, 811 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, California

Callahan confronts Scorpio – Kezar Stadium, 670 Kezar Drive, San Francisco, California. The original stadium was destroyed by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 but was subsequently rebuilt.

Ann Mary Deacon’s body is found – Battery Spencer, Conzelman Road, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California.

Scorpio watching children on a playground – Portsmouth Square, San Francisco, California. The square has changed over the years but the background is still recognizable.

Scorpio visiting a seedy nightclub – Roaring 20’s, 552 Broadway, San Francisco, California

Scorpio pays a man to get beaten up – Still searching for this location

Callahan visits Gonzalez in the hospital – San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, California.

Scorpio robs a liquor store’s owner – 148 Embarcadero, San Francisco, California. The store is no longer there, replaced with a Perry’s restaurant.

Scorpio hijacks a school bus – Noriega Street near 15th Avenue, San Francisco, California

Callahan meeting with the Mayor (John Vernon) – San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, California.

The bus is on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

The bus is entering the Waldo Tunnel, U.S. Route 101 between the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, California. In 2015, the California State Assembly and State Senate approved the bill to rename the Waldo Tunnel as the Robin Williams Tunnel in honor of the late actor.

Scorpio orders the bus driver to exist the highway – East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Highway 101, Larkspur, California

Callahan jumps on the bus – East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur, California. The railway trestle has since been demolished.

Scorpio crashes the bus into a quarry – Hutchinson Quarry, Larkspur Landing, Larkspur, California. The entire area has since been redeveloped, and the former quarry site is now occupied by Larkspur Ferry Terminal, a shopping center, apartments and offices.

The final confrontation between Callahan and Scorpio – Old Quarry Road North, Larkspur, California. The lake has since been filled, and Larkspur Courts Apartments and their parking lots now stand in its place.

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Sudden Impact



  1. I've heard it said that the scene where he pays the guy to beat him up is in the now demolished Balboa Building Materials building near Ocean and San Jose Avenue in the Excelsior District. Perhaps your research can confirm that.

  2. Hello,

    Where was Dirty Harry's apartment in Dirty Harry?



  3. The building has been converted to a church

  4. Fantastic website. Came here to track down some San Francisco film locations.

    Just some small corrections on local place names. I have never heard the Waldo tunnel on the Waldo Grade being called anything other than the Rainbow Tunnel / Waldo Tunnel by locals. Been driving through it for almost 35 years. My daily commute for years. The Rainbow was added unofficially in the 1970's as a "going away present" by the senior local guy at CalTrans. Kind of official guerrilla art. I have never ever heard the tunnel called "The Robin William Tunnel" by anyone in Marin.

    Just because some politicians in Sacramento stuck a name on something does not mean that is the named used. Just like no one unless they are being very sarcastic call the west side of the Bay Bridge the Willie Brown Bridge..

    Same goes for Army St in San Francisco. Where the Bullitt car chase start to climb Bernal Heights. Great way of telling a local from a recent arrival. It will always be Army St to the locals. And Caesar Chavez to recent arrivals.

    The schoolbus hijack shot at 15'th / Noriega was a few blocks from where I used to live. The neighborhood is called Golden Gate Heights. That street is one way, opposite direction to bus, and if anyone is ever visiting the location there is a park beside that street with a great view from the top. When its not foggy.

    Keep up the great work.