Film of the Day: Dirty Harry (1971)

Dirty Harry
Clint Eastwood in his prime as the crooked cop ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan. Photo: Warner Bros

In Don Siegel’s seminal cop movie about an agent of the law who often finds himself nearer the other side of the law – Dirty Harry is a gritty classic and one that still shocks viewers today.

Clint Eastwood stars as the bent copper ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan, who finds himself on a cat-and-mouse chase with a sadistic sniper called ‘Scorpio’. The city of San Francisco is held to ransom by this maniac, and it takes a special kind of ‘hero’ to put a stop to it.

It spawned countless sequels and a whole genre all its own, Dirty Harry stands the test of time as an American classic.

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Dirty Harry – Friday at 10pm on Channel 5

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