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Magnum Force (1973)

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
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Astrachan
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Grimes
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Early Smith
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Nat Weinstein
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Prostitute
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Ricca
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Palancio
Jack Kosslyn ...
Walter
Bob March ...
Estabrook
Bob McClurg ...
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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. You 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 being 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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,871,011 (USA) (30 December 1973)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only Dirty Harry movie where Albert Popwell and Clint Eastwood do not share scenes (except The Dead Pool, where Popwell does not appear at all) See more »

Goofs

When the pimp is shot the SFPD officer fires 5 times.....Callahan inspects the vehicle in the police forensic shop and there are 6 marked shots indicated by the dowel rods. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Sweeney: Jigsaw (1975) See more »

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Good Movie
2 January 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I sometimes wonder if "Magnum Force" is a better movie than "Dirty Harry." In the latter, Harry Calahan is up against a psycho causing panic, while in "Magnum Force" Harry opposes a number of enemies: enemies he would not have expected at first. Crime is still on the rise, there is too much corruption and too few 'real' cops, like him. When he meets some young, aspiring cops he is amazed by their qualities. Great acting by Clint Eastwood who is just perfect in playing the old-fashioned Harry Callahan. There is violence, but the strange thing is you support Callahan in 'cleaning' the city. One of the best in the Dirty Harry-series.


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