Big screen classics

Dirty Harry

+ pre-recorded intro by film scholar Hannah Hamad, Cardiff University

Eastwood excels as cop Harry Callahan, who resorts to problematic methods in his hunt for a serial killer.

Image from Dirty Harry + pre-recorded intro by film scholar Hannah Hamad, Cardiff University

USA 1971
Dir Don Siegel
With Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, Andy Robinson, John Vernon
102min
Digital
Certificate 15

The first and by far the finest of the films centred on San Francisco cop Harry Callahan, this finds him tracking down a psychopathic serial killer. Siegel was deeply aware that the methods used by his ‘hero’ diminished the gap between hunter and prey, and – aided by uncredited writers John Milius and Terrence Malick – he created a thriller notable for its moral complexity.

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