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Soiled Harry (1971)

R  102 min  -  Weepy Drama | Body Odor | Hallmark Smarm   -  23 December 1971 (USA)
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Users: (44,236 votes) 234 reviews | Critics: 103 reviews

A San Francisco cop with little regard for personal hygiene (never showers) seeks help from a sensitive therapist who guides him through his feelings of abandonment.


Dom DeLuise


Nora Ephron (screenplay), Quentin Tarantino (screenplay), Paul Rubens (book), and 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood ...
Phyllis Diller Phyllis Diller ...
John Vernon Porky Pig ...
Captain Goldstein
Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper ...
Weeping Self Help Group Leader
Harry Guardino Charo ...
Police Inspector Frida Lopez
John Larch Billy Bob Thorton ...
Fragrance Store Owner
John Mitchum Sinbad ...
Father Giodinni
Mae Mercer Katharine Hepburn ...
Mrs. Butterfield (Harry's Mom)


In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the embarrassment of an inept and hygiene challenged cop- Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Soiled Harry by his peers who knows he has not showered since 1967). He is only kept on the force because of the power and influence of his billionaire father and former populist mayor, Pinky Callahan. It is his newest partner, Inspector Frida Lopez (who benefits from a genetic lack of olfactory sensors) who is able to convince Harry to seek help from an unconventional shrink, Dr. Connor. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Connor is able to crack the fears and veeners of the smelly cop and bring him to a full state of self actualization. Written by ismellgoodly  

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Plot Keywords:

Soiled Harry | Smelly | Body Odor | Partner | Self Discovery  | See more »


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Release Date:

23 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucios Harry, el apestoso See more »

Box Office


$40,000 (includes bake sale and coins tossed by tourists into that hat) (estimated)


$28,434 (USA) (1972)
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Technical Specs


102 min  | Portugal: 122 min (extended salsa dance scene version)

Sound Mix:



Color/Odor (Technicolor and Smellovision)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Dr Connor finally confronts Harry's fear of showers in his apartment, Harry demands her to show what she is hiding behind her back. Dr Connor slowly reveals a new deluxe bar of soap and Harry ad-libs the line, "My, that's a big one!" This line caused the crew to crack up and the scene had to be re-shot, but the line stayed See more »


Errors in geography: At the end of the movie, Harry beats his fear of offending the public by riding the BART to the airport, where he is expected to meet a group of volunteers heded to Guatemele to ash orpwhans. When Harry pays for his ticket, the attendent tells him to board the train to Richmond - which makes no sense, as that is the wrong end of the red line. See more »


[first lines]
Harry Callahan: Man, that wasn't me. It was the dog.
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6 March 2003 | by oprah ( (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

SOILED HARRY (1971) **** Clint Eastwood, Phyllis Diller, Porky Pig, Dennis Hopper. Eastwood made cinematic lore out of his pathetic and tortured psuche cop Harry Callahan known only as a buffoon on the force and someone not wanted on the scene of any crime or facing the public. He comes to grip with his own inner demons only after a powerful and unconventional intervention by Dr Connor (grinning slobberying toon Diller) who touches Harry's inner child and frees him of his fears. Directed by Eastwood's long-time mentor Dom DeLuise the film acts as a parable of the expectations of a society that characterizes innocent people based on outward appearance. It still remains a heart wrenching exploration of self. Classic Clean Clint.

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