Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the ... See full summary »




Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Harry's Game (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

When Murder Incorporated is shutdown by the police, two unemployed professional assassins - Harry and Alice are forced to undertake the most dangerous contract of their short careers - lifting five millions dollars from the Russian Mafia.

Director: Faith Isiakpere
Stars: Rotimi Adelegan, Jay Ansley, Norman Anstey
Callan (1967–1972)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Greg Callan's cousin David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In London, when Australian gangsters disguised as "Bobbies" rob British criminals, the panicked British mobsters seek an alliance with Scotland Yard in order to eliminate the foreign competition and return things to "normal".

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins
Harry's War (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause.

Director: Kieth Merrill
Stars: Edward Herrmann, Geraldine Page, Karen Grassle
The Capture (TV Mini-Series 2019)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When a British soldier is charged with a crime, the tenacious young detective handling his case begins to uncover a multi-layered conspiracy.

Stars: Laura Haddock, Hiten Patel, Holliday Grainger
The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

Stars: Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, Jerome Willis
Chiller (TV Series 1995)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Chiller is a 5-episode horror/fantasy anthology series originally shown erratically in the UK on ITV. The stories each involve, to some extent, the supernatural, and feature lead actors ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Havers, Phyllis Logan, Kevin McNally
The Price (1985)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Stars: Peter Barkworth, Harriet Walter, Aingeal Grehan
The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie 1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow
C.A.T.S. Eyes (1985–1987)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An all-female detective outfit, the "Eyes Enquiry Agency", is formed as a front for the Home Office's new security operation the Covert Activities Thames Section (or CATS for short). ... See full summary »

Stars: Jill Gascoine, Leslie Ash, Don Warrington
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school ... See full summary »

Stars: John Duttine, Frank Middlemass, Alan MacNaughtan
The Informant (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Anthony Brophy, Cary Elwes, Timothy Dalton


Series cast summary:
Ray Lonnen ...  Harry Brown 3 episodes, 1982
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Davidson 3 episodes, 1982
Nicholas Day ...  Bannen 3 episodes, 1982
Geoffrey Chater ...  Col. George Frost 3 episodes, 1982
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ...  Insp. Howard Rennie 3 episodes, 1982
Derek Thompson ...  Billy Downes 3 episodes, 1982
Maggie Shevlin Maggie Shevlin ...  Mrs. Downes 3 episodes, 1982
Gil Brailey Gil Brailey ...  Josephine Laverty 3 episodes, 1982
Charles Lawson ...  Seamus Duffryn 3 episodes, 1982
Tony Rohr ...  Brigade Commander 3 episodes, 1982
Sam Dale ...  Billy's Driver 3 episodes, 1982
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ...  Mrs. Duncan 3 episodes, 1982
Rita Howard Rita Howard ...  Mrs. Duffryn / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  Minister of Defence 2 episodes, 1982
Ray Armstrong Ray Armstrong ...  Lt. Colonel 2 episodes, 1982
Stephen Mallatratt Stephen Mallatratt ...  Adjutant 2 episodes, 1982
Christopher Whitehouse Christopher Whitehouse ...  Frankie 2 episodes, 1982
Linda Robson Linda Robson ...  Theresa McCorrigan 2 episodes, 1982
Rio Fanning Rio Fanning ...  Scrapyard Owner 2 episodes, 1982
Ian Bleasdale Ian Bleasdale ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 1982
Jonathan Young Jonathan Young ...  Brigade Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1982


Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the army hasn't been told he is being put in place, his wife is fed up with him and his job, and his one new friend, an Irish woman who falls for him will be consumed by his relentless search for the assassin. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The game of death




See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 October 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Belfast Assassin See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (3 episodes) | (DVD)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The man whose car Harry hijacks at the end of the film (in order to pursue Downes) remains unnamed in the film and the viewer never finds out his profession, but in the novel he was a plastic sales representative. Thus, the credit for "sales representative" in the cast refers to him. See more »


Harry Brown: He had to die. Don't you understand that?
See more »


Featured in Lonnen's Game (2005) See more »


Theme is performed by Clannad
(it can be found on the their record "Pastpresent")
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Treat yourself, and watch this film!
2 January 2007 | by zjerunkSee all my reviews

Those of us who were fortunate enough to see Harry's Game in 1982 on TV were watching a stitched together version for broadcast distribution. It was originally made as a TV mini series in three one-hour parts. The recently available British DVD (PAL region 2) is shown in its original episodic format.

The other postings have said enough to describe the story, so I won't go into it. We've seen the story in many incarnations, but the real attraction to this film is the film making.

Typical of British cinema, it is very Spartan: no superfluous music, sound, or special effects. The costumes are "everyday," and the sets are actual row houses, typical of the times and area. This gritty story plays out without cinematic distractions or any of the nauseating political correctness which has become "de rigueur" in today's films.

It has been said about music that a simple melody well played is far more beautiful than a symphony butchered. Similarly, one can say about film that a simple, believable story well told is far more captivating than a howler of a story tossed together with a dog's dinner of special effects. Think of this film in terms of Zen.

** I will say the very opening of the film with the haunting Celtic vocals by Enya and Clannad instantly caught my attention. At the time Enya was merely the vocalist in the family band, Clannad, and in 1981, was an unknown in North America. However, I knew immediately this was a voice destined for greatness. For Enya fans who only know her music, the "Theme to Harry's Game" refers to this marvelous film.

This is yet another example of the abysmal ignorance of marketing on the part of the British film industry. Evidently the owners of the property don't like making money. The only thing this film lacked was a marketing budget and someone to market it.

For film lover's who are disappointed by the dearth of North American releases of marvelous British, Aussie and European films, I would highly recommend purchasing a region free DVD player, and ordering your films from England. There are several sites which sell them very cheap. Also, if you like French cinema, set your browser to detect French language hits also when you search film titles. Lots of great used titles available on ebay.fr or amazon.fr.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed