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Magnum Force (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  25 December 1973 (USA)
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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
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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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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Vigilance  »

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SEK 2,295,452 (Sweden)
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Trivia

In the film, Carol McCoy hits on Harry after explaining the circumstances behind her divorce from Charlie. She pulls close to kiss Harry when her rambunctious children's play interrupts them both; a phone call from Earlington Smith to Harry (pertaining to the Cost Plus store stakeout) then forces him to cut short their date and extricates him from a clearly awkward situation. However a publicity photo circulated overseas shows Harry and Carol relaxed and kissing - a different version of this scene where Harry succumbs to Carol's advances was reportedly filmed (and which would have changed the dynamic of Harry's relationship with Charlie) but discarded; it was from this discarded scene that the publicity photo came. See more »

Goofs

In the view of the aircraft cabin, just before Harry stops the plane, lines can be seen attached to pillows and other items in the overhead compartment. These will be used to pull the items down when Harry slams on the brakes. See more »

Quotes

[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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Watered Down Harry Callahan.
9 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood returns as Police Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan, who is called upon to investigate the mysterious murders of various pimps and gangsters who had evaded trial/conviction. A vigilante is suspected, and though Harry doesn't care much about killed criminals, he does start to after an old friend of his is gunned down by the vigilantes, who are really a renegade group of motorcycling police officers, fed up with a corrupt judicial system.(Though with hidden support in the police department) Harry realizes this group has gone too far, and must be stopped, despite him being a hero of theirs...

Misguided sequel to "Dirty Harry" has some good action scenes, and Eastwood is still a pleasure to watch as Harry, but story is too morally obvious, taking the easy way out by converting them into indifferent killers of innocent bystanders, and making Harry look like the protector of a legal system he no longer believes in...it doesn't make sense, and film feels like a waste of time as a result. (Imagine if the vigilante cops were responsible, and did care? What would Harry have done then?)


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