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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
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 motorcycle stops behind pimp's car, he and his motorcycle are partially in shadow, yet moments later the cop and his motorcycle are in complete sunshine. Bridge shadow is also inconsistent in earlier and subsequent shots. 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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