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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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Bobby Maxwell
John Crawford ...
The Mayor
Samantha Doane ...
Wanda
Robert F. Hoy ...
Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)
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Miki
M.G. Kelly ...
Father John
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Martin
Albert Popwell ...
Mustapha
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Mendez
Bill Ackridge ...
Andy
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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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22 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moving Target  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,665,006 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood was originally going to direct this film himself. After taking over as director of The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) though, he found himself having to supervise the edit of that film and lacked time to fully prepare himself to both act and direct in another film so soon. He therefore promoted James Fargo, who would have been this film's assistant director, to full director. Eastwood would instead direct the next Dirty Harry film, Sudden Impact (1983). See more »

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In the end title credits, "transportation captains" is misspelled as "transportaion captians". See more »

Quotes

[Wanda walks into the Third Street Drawbridge operator's office]
Wanda: Hi there.
Bridge Operator: Hello, young lady. What can I do for you?
Wanda: [smiles] Raise the bridge.
Bridge Operator: [incredulously] Raise the bridge?
[pause]
Bridge Operator: Are you kidding?
[Wanda draws her gun]
Wanda: When I tell you to.
[cuts to Maxwell's van following the Mayor's car along Third Street towards the bridge]
[...]
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Tough cop Harry Callahan is called on once again and he goes after nasty terrorists
15 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is the third entry in Harry Callahan's popular series , the first is the classic ¨Dirty Harry ¨(1971) by Don Siegel , the second is ¨Magnum Force¨ by Ted Post . This time has a female partner ( Tyne Daly ) who is assigned when his ordinary pal ( John Mitchum ) is wounded . And they try to track down some dangerous terrorists ( Michael Cavanagh , Veren , among others ). Then the terrorists hijack the Mayor ( John Crawford ) of City San Francisco . As always , two-fisted Callahan , the tall and taciturn inspector utilizing his Magnum 44 pistol kills the baddies. Rock-hard cop Harry abuses the murderer's civil rights , however facing his superiors , a captain(Bradford Dillman) and a Lieutenant ( Harry Guardino ) . Rule-breaking Callahan strides grimly throughout San Francisco in pursuit the murderous , including an exciting final on Island-prison of Alcatraz.

Formula thriller plenty of action , crisply edition , tension, suspenseful and lots of violence . Appropriate and atmospheric musical score by Jerry Fielding . Less effective than ¨Dirty Harry¨ but still gripping and stirring . Colorful and adequate cinematography , reflecting splendidly the streets of San Francisco , habitual scenario of the series . The motion picture is professionally directed by James Fargo who also made other vehicles for Eastwod ( Every which way but loose ) and for Chuck Norris ( Forced vengeance ) . Followed by ¨Sudden impact¨ with Sandra Locke and ¨Dead pool¨ with Liam Neeson . Rating : Good, 6,5 . Well worth seeing for Clint Eastwood fans and Harry Callahan's followers . It's a cool companion to Dirty Harry classic, an amusing film with several scenes that'll have you on the edge of your seat.


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