1972: Clint Eastwood made his first appearance in UK cinemas as San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan in the American action thriller film Dirty Harry (https://www.warnerbros.com/dirty-harry//), produced and directed by Don Siegel. The film drew upon the actual case of the Zodiac Killer as the Callahan character seeks out a similar vicious psychopath.
The film was a critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films. It was followed by four sequels: Magnum Force in 1973, The Enforcer in 1976, Sudden Impact in 1983 (directed by Eastwood himself) and The Dead Pool in 1988.
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1977: Airport ’77 is an American air disaster film and the third installment of the Airport franchise. The film stars a number of veteran actors including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, and Olivia de Havilland, as well as the return of George Kennedy from the two previous films.
The plot concerns a private Boeing 747 packed with VIPs and priceless art that is hijacked before crashing into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle, prompting the survivors to undertake a desperate struggle for survival.
Despite mixed critical reviews, Airport ’77 was a box office hit, being the 19th highest-grossing picture of the year. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.
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