Chief Quotes in Dirty Harry (1971)


Chief Quotes:

  • Chief: [introducing Harry to the mayor] Mr. Mayor, Inspector Callahan

    The Mayor: All right. Let's have it.

    Harry Callahan: Have what?

    The Mayor: You report. What have you been doing?

    Harry Callahan: Well, for the past three-quarters of an hour, I've been sitting on my ass waiting on you.

  • [after a battered crook has accused Harry of beating him]

    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!

  • Chief: Callahan? You willing to take the money to him?

    Harry Callahan: When will you people stop messing around with this guy? He's gotta be stopped now!

    The Mayor: He's got a busload of kids and I can't take that chance. I gave my word of honor on it and he will not be molested! That's a direct order, Callahan!

    Harry Callahan: Well, you can just get yourself another delivery boy.

  • Chief: [after being injected with a truth serum] You can't get me to talk..."Operation: Code Kansas"! Can't stop it, too late. "Operation: Code Kansas" is gonna fix all the niggas!


    Chief: Yeah, you won't be so big and so bad anymore. "Code Kansas" is gonna fix you!


    Chief: Just the niggas! Just the nig...

    [Freezes in place]

    Saheed: Damn, Smoke, I think you gave him too much of that shit.

    Black Dynamite: How long until it wears off?

    [Gunsmoke shrugs]

  • Black Dynamite: Alright, Snowflake, where's the dope?

    Chief: Up yours, coon!

    Chief: [Black Dynamite hits him in the head with nunchucks] It's right over there in the body bags. Geez!

  • Miguel: [trying to make up an excuse why the ship needs to be redone] I have BEEN around boats, believe me! And that, uhm, the... pointy, tall... uhm... the long up and down thingy...

    Chief: The mast?

  • [the natives are throwing the gold over the cliff]

    Tulio: Uh, Chel... what are they doing?

    Chel: [exasperated] They're sending it to Xibalba! The spirit world!

    Tulio: Spirit... world...

    Chel: I'll take care of it.

    [sidling up to the Chief]

    Chel: Uh, Chief? The gods have changed their minds about Xibalba. They wish to bask in the glory that has been shown them.

    Chief: STOP!

    [the natives stop; a gold plate rolls toward the cliff and Tulio stops it with his foot]

    Chief: They wish to bask! Take the tribute to the gods' temple!

  • Adult Copper: I think I did a good job tracking down those varmints for ya.

    Chief: Trackin' an' smellin' ain't enough. You gotta think nasty.

  • Chief: Well, well. Company has come to see the invalid.

    [Amos and Copper pass by without paying attention to Chief]

    Chief: How do you like that? They didn't even ask how I'm feeling.

  • Chief: In the words of one of my former acquaintances, who is dead now, "I knew too much!"

  • Chief: The headless chicken can only know where he's been. He can't see where he's going.

  • Chief: [after the cops have captured Johnny Five] Take him down to stolen goods.

    Johnny Five: [furiously] I am NOT stolen goods!

    Chief: [angrily] OUT!'!

    Johnny Five: [while the cops take him away] But hath not a robot eyes? Hath not a robot hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? If you prick us, do we not bleed?'!

    Chief: Yeah. Battery fluid, maybe.

  • Dudley Do-Right: You got weapons?

    Standing Room Only: Weapons? Come on. This is basically a dinner theater we're runnin' here.

    Dudley Do-Right: You got fireworks?

    Chief: That we got.

  • Standing Room Only: That's the last of the fireworks. Now what?

    Chief: We'll take to the forest and throw rocks at them.

    Dudley Do-Right: Rocks?

    Chief: What else can we do?

  • Chief: Did you expect...

    WolfCop: A promotion?

  • Maxwell Smart: And if there's one thing I've learned, in many many years of experience, it's that you cannot be too careful with your gun.

    [puts his gun away in his pants, accidentally pulls the trigger]

    Maxwell Smart: Excuse me.

    [turns around examines himself, turns back]

    Chief: Are you al right?

    Maxwell Smart: Missed it by that much.

  • Chief: We're really up against it, this time, 86. The fate of the entire world is in your hands.

    Maxwell Smart: Oh no, not again. Well, ok this time, but next week I'm on vacation, Chief. If you get in trouble then, it's your ass.

  • Maxwell Smart: You know, Chief, this nude bomb might solve a lot of problems.

    Chief: Such as?

    Maxwell Smart: Well for one thing, flashers.

    Chief: Only you would think of a that, Max.

    Maxwell Smart: That's why they pay me the big bucks. And there'd be no more trouble with concealed weapons. I mean if everyone was nude, there'd be no place to hide a gun or a knife. Well, there is a place, but it could be painful.

  • Chief: Where's Sauvage?

    Maxwell Smart: He got hung up.

  • Chief: It's a brave new world with naught but ruthless creatures in it. There's no glory in fearing the unknown and you didn't get to be where you are by being risk-adverse, Mr Dolan. Evolve or perish, kill or be killed, it's the morality of kings and Gods. It's the survival of the fittest.

    Dolan: Charles-Fucking-Darwin.

  • Chief: Singularity, blackhole bullshit.

  • Chief: Machines don't understand sacrifice - neither do morons.

  • Chief: [pointing at newly hung telegraph wire] On this wire flows the words of the Americans, like fallen leaves on a river, all the way to Manila. And soon the wires will spread to ever corner of the island.

    Villager: And what can they have to say?

  • Chief: This democracy is not so bad, is it?

    Rafael: Not bad. If the Americans would do away, I'd love to try it.

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