In a famous scene of Dirty Harry, Inspector Harry Callahan stops a bank heist very nonchalantly using deadly force. Near the end of the scene, Harry dry-fires his revolver at one of the robbers.
Harry : I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five'? Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do ya, punk?
The robber stays still and Harry picks the shotgun off the floor. As he is leaving, the robber calls to him.
Robber : Hey !
Harry turns around.
Robber : I gots to know.
Harry points the revolver at the robber's head, causing great distress as he pushes the trigger, nothing. Harry snickers before leaving for good.
From this scene we know one of two things is true:
- Harry lied about losing track of the bullet count and just made his speech as an intimidation tactic. OR
- Harry didn't lie and was willing to possibly kill the robber to answer his curiosity.
Do we know which of those things is true? Did Harry just feel lucky at the point of shooting? I gots to know.