I took a chance on this Eastwood
classic one afternoon, having sadly disliked the first and third of Sergio Leone
's "Dollars trilogy," and I was quite impressed! Not since I saw Bullitt
have the streets of 1970s San Fran come alive with such succulent grit. Especially worth noting is that snazzy, jazzy score, drenching all the cinematography in extra coolness.
More than anywhere I've seen before, Eastwood's attitude alone keeps the tension up even during some of the more relaxed-ly paced parts. There is a running theme regarding the failings of the justice system, more focused covering its own rear and in the process letting scum slide right back out on the streets, which is well done & not too heavy handed.. Don't forget to count the bullets!