Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Dirty Harry - Review

A guilty pleasure for dad today: Clint Eastwood is “Dirty” Harry Callahan, a jaded San Francisco detective tasked with catching a sniper called Scorpio. His irregular methods cause him to fall foul of his superiors, and the law itself, leaving Scorpio free to kill again. 

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The city Harry and Scorpio inhabit is a moral vacuum populated by remnants from the liberated 1960s, and fuelled by promiscuity, violence and greed.

What made, and still makes, the film so notable is director Don Siegel’s subtle blurring of the line between cop and killer – their mutual disgust at what surrounds them and their equally brutal solutions.


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