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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The "dirtiest" Harry of them all! 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director James Fargo, at Clint Eastwood's request, an improvised bar scene with Tyne Daly and himself drinking in a bar was set up. After drinking four quarts of beer between the two, they managed to get one good line by her saying she had to go pee, which she did, but the scene overall didn't work and was deleted. See more »


During the end credits, the Transportation Captain is mistakenly spelled as "Transportaion Captian." See more »


The Mayor: Who the hell are you? What do you want?
Bobby Maxwell: You.
The Mayor: Get away from me, you son of a bitch. I'm not going anywhere with you.
Bobby Maxwell: The hell you aren't!
[shoots mayor in chest with taser gun]
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Referenced in Millennium: ...Thirteen Years Later (1998) See more »

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OK, not quite "marvelous"
8 November 1999 | by (Forest Hills, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Kindler, gentler Dirty Harry film which puts our bureaucracy-hating, crime-busting hero with a female partner played by Tyne Daly, who would later achieve fame on "Cagney & Lacey" and is currently seen on "Judging Amy." Thin plot, some classic Eastwood quotes, but the villains can't match Andy Robinson from "Dirty Harry" or David Soul from "Magnum Force." This might be the weakest Harry of the bunch.

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