Written by Mr. Mouseburger 16th Jul 2006
Kindly submitted by Ten Day Rip
Scorpio is the criminal mastermind who has tried to hold the city of San Francisco to ransom for the measily sum of $200,000. His initial attempt failed, but this time he has kidnapped a bus full of schoolkids and taken them to - yes, you guessed it - an abandoned industrial complex.
Callaghan has been suspended by this point in the film, due to his general irreverance for officialdom as well as being falsely accused of beating up Scorpio. This does not stop him from pursuing Scorpio though and having jumped on the bus, it has crashed, allowing Scorpio to escape.
Scorpio grabs a child who is fishing and uses him as a human shield. He did not count on Callaghan complete disregard for human life in pursuing his nemesis. Harry shoots Scorpio in the arm, which causes him to release his grip on the child.
Callaghan walks up to Scorpio and says:
"I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking did he fire six shots, or only five? To tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it'll blow your head clean off, you could ask yourself a question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"
This is a verbatim repeat of the challenge he offered to a street hood earlier in the film, who ultimately decided it was not worth going for his gun and he surrenders. In this instance it proved to be the wrong decision, as Harry's magnum was spent.
Obviously Scorpio has to tempt fate and see if Callaghan is bluffing, so he makes a grab for his gun. Big mistake!. Callaghan's gun had one bullet left, and Scorpio killed and blasted back into the lake, where he subsequently sinks.