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Dirty Harry

One of Hollywood's icons and the James Cagney-tough guy updated for more liberal times. San Francisco cop Harry Callahan (Eastwood) has a reputation for getting the job done, by playing dirty if necessary (as we learn early on, watching him calmly eat his sandwich in the middle of a busy city intersection blowing away criminals in the middle of a heist).

The story deals with his obsessively tracking down the Scorpio killer, one of cinema's most chilling psychos, and spawns a new American hero, the cop who takes the law into his own hands when bureaucracy gets in the way. A very cool experience for most age groups. Ironically, it wasn't until much later in the series that the immortal 'Go ahead, make my day' was uttered.

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