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The Enforcer (1976)

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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
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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First, there was 1971's "Dirty Harry, then "Magnum Force" in 1973. And now on the Bi-centennial year, Harry Calahan is "THE ENFORCER". See more »


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Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moving Target  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 2,665,006 (Sweden)

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In the later Clint Eastwood film The Rookie (1990), like in this movie, Dirty Harry (Eastwood) is also partnered with a rookie cop, but not a woman like Kate Moore, played by Tyne Daly, but a young buck, Charlie Sheen. See more »


When Harry and his old partner are driving to the liquor store holdup, in the shot from the rear of the car through the windshield, Harry's partner is hanging on to the light with his left hand. In the very next shot, he is speaking on the radio with the same hand. See more »


Harry Callahan: [speaking to the mayor & Capt. McKay] If you're talking about the Mustapha bust, nobody smashed anything. In fact, I made a deal with Mustapha - he was gonna help me find out who the people were!
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Harry Callahan: Doesn't it bother anyone that no weapons were found?
Capt McKay: We'll find them!
Harry Callahan: [to McKay] Meanwhile, the people are still out there and they're going to blow the HELL out of half this city. And meanwhile, you're telling everybody how great we are!
Capt McKay: All right, Callahan, button your...
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As powerful as Clint Eastwood's .44 Magnum
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the third installment of the Dirty Harry series, all starring the legendary four-times Academy Award-winning actor and director Clint Eastwood. Naturally, it's not as powerful and dramatic as the first of the series, because, once again naturally, sequels are difficult to make. Especially if you want them to live up to their proceeding movies.

"The Enforcer", like all five installments of the series, is a great action-crime film with it's own little individual plot and point. It's got plenty of decent action, Eastwood flaring away with his .44 Magnum revolver, punching bleeding holes through his challengers.

This movie has also got a pretty dramatic ending.

Overall, "The Enforcer" is another classic Clint Eastwood movie and definitely worth checking out and seeing a few times over.

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