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Magnum Force (1973)

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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

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Lt. Briggs
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McCoy (as Mitchell Ryan)
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Davis
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Sweet
Kip Niven ...
Astrachan
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Grimes
Felton Perry ...
Early Smith
Maurice Argent ...
Nat Weinstein
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Prostitute
Richard Devon ...
Ricca
Tony Giorgio ...
Palancio
Jack Kosslyn ...
Walter
Bob March ...
Estabrook
Bob McClurg ...
Cab Driver
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Storyline

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite the orders of his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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A man's got to know his limitations. See more »


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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Vigilance  »

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SEK 2,295,452 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Directly after the scene in the garage where Callahan is threatened by the motorcycle cops, the cycles drove out and every single one of them crashed. Clint Eastwood said, "I've been threatened by the Keystone Kops." See more »

Goofs

When the officer shoots the pimp he fires only five shots. When they examine the car we see six strings representing the bullet paths. See more »

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[first lines]
Harry Callahan: [at end of main titles] This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?
[fires at the audience]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are played over a hand (presumably Harry's) holding a 44 Magnum against a red background. As such, this is the only Dirty Harry movie in which the opening credits are not played over San Francisco scenery. See more »

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Remade as The Death Squad (1974) See more »

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Are you the cop who lives upstairs?
22 October 2003 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

It seems that between "Dirty Harry" and "Magnum Force" Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan,Clint Eastwood, had learned the value of the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution. Unlike in the first "Dirty Harry" movie where Harry was the sole judge jury and executioner of all those that he deemed were guilty of crimes against the people of the city of San Francisco. In "Magnum Force" Harry actually believes in letting the system do it's job and not take the law into your, or Harry's,own hands.

A number of the top criminals in San Francisco from corrupt labor leaders to sadistic street pimps have been done away with by what seems to be a rouge element of the SF Police Department and Harry's boss lieut. Briggs, Hal Holbrook, wants to find out just who's responsible.

Harry, between shooting plane hijackers and convenient store hold up men, is also interested in stopping these criminals in uniform since their breaking the law, like average criminals, and the very thought of them breaking the law just gets Harry's Irish up. Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to take part in the bust of a mob hideout and when the police operation is put into full gear something goes wrong, the mobsters are tipped off, and a policeman and a number of mobsters, most of them by Harry, are killed in the shoot-out that follows. Harry realizes that there's someone in the police force that's behind all those vigilant killings and tipped off the gangsters in order to have them killed in the shoot-out! That instead of having them arrested and and brought to trial. It's decided there and then by "Dirty Harry" Callahan that not only is he going to put a stop to those killings but also to those who are doing them: Dirty Harry style!

By far the best of the "Dirty Harry" movies with Clint Eastwood never better in his role as "Dirty Harry" Callahan in the most action-packed and exciting "Dirty Harry" film ever made. Eastwood is much freer and less constraint then he was in the first "Dirty Harry" film. Which makes the action go faster and also make it far more exciting with a great cast and a much better action director, Ted Post. Post keep things moving when it comes to keeping the tempo of the action in the movie up and the talking and explaining down, by Harry and his fellow police officers and friends, as to why Harry is called "Dirty Harry" every ten minutes in the film like in the first "Dirty Harry" movie.

Great ending sequence at the San Francisco Navy Yard with Harry taking care of business by doing in the bad guys and making the city safe again until the next "Dirty Harry" film comes blazing along.


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