The Enforcer (1976)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  22 December 1976 (USA)
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Dirty Harry must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with a rookie female partner that he's not too excited to be working with.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Moore
John Mitchum ...
DeVeren Bookwalter ...
Bobby Maxwell
John Crawford ...
The Mayor
Samantha Doane ...
Robert F. Hoy ...
Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)
M.G. Kelly ...
Father John
Albert Popwell ...
Bill Ackridge ...


Picking up three years after the events in Magnum Force, a threatening terrorist group called, The People's Revolutionary Strike Force declare war to the city of San Francisco and demand a ransom to be paid, otherwise they plan to blow the city apart. While Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan is at a limbo following his unorthodox method during a robbery, he's at it to dispatch the terrorist group, by playing their game by being more dirty than ever. But this time, he's got a new partner, which might prove the task to be somewhat more difficult than ever, unless the two can work together. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moving Target  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 2,665,006 (Sweden)

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According to Clint Eastwood biographer Marc Eliot, Stirling Silliphant suggested Tyne Daly for her role, but the actress turned down the script three times before finally deciding on doing it. Daly also suggested that the romantic attachment between her character and Callahan be omitted. Eastwood agreed. See more »


When the mayor and his aide are at the ball game, their spoken words do not match their lip movements. See more »


Harry Callahan: May I make a statement, McKay?
Capt McKay: Go ahead!
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Average sequel, that still lacks the original magic
7 March 2002 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"The Enforcer" is the third in the line of Dirty Harry movies. It's suffering from sequelitis - it's just not the original movie.

This time around Harry's up against a rather dull group of civilian terrorists. The enemies are weaker than in "Magnum Force" where they weren't nearly up to the psychotic Scorpio of the original. He's assisted by a female partner this time around, which provides for some amusing non-PC moments as Harry makes disparaging sexist remarks.

The problem is it's all getting a bit formulaic. The formula does work fairly well, but I'd like to see some more creativity employed. Harry does something wild to get his guy. Harry gets into trouble. Harry is called back because only he can save the day. Harry saves day but with a cost. The villains don't help by being unmemorable clichés, espousing the usual diatribe about being for the people. Harry is again ably played by Eastwood (the glove fits here) but .. there's nothing amazing about any of the other roles. All slip away from memory.

"The Enforcer" isn't a bad movie. It's just... an alright movie. It's worth catching if yer a fan of the series, but it's all a bit forgettable. 5.7/10

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