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Ant Timpson recommends: Films I watched with my Dad

These are movies I remember watching with my dad. It was his death that inspired my feature film debut Come to Daddy.

I think my father liked the tough guys of cinema. He grew up around hardy stoic southern folk. Actions-speak-louder types. He also liked to toss a few drinks down in his day and he enjoyed the off-screen pursuits of hell-raisers like Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris as much as their on-screen roles.

Dad was a busy man, so going to the movies with him was a rare treat. Most of the films we watched together were on television. These are some of the ones I can recall. They’re all very good films and some have escalated into the rarified pantheon of all time favourites.

Ant Timpson is a film festival programmer, director, and producer of films including 'The Greasy Strangler', 'Turbo Kid' and 'The ABCs of Death'.

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  • Dirty Harry
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Von Ryan's Express
  • Emperor of the North
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Rogue Male
  • Zulu
  • The Hill
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • The Anderson Tapes
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Charley Varrick