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Writers:
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
Rita M. Fink (characters) ...
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Release Date:
22 December 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The "dirtiest" Harry of them all! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Enjoyable on its own. Not quite a Harry movie, but a Clint movie See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Harry Callahan

Tyne Daly ... Kate Moore

Harry Guardino ... Lt. Bressler

Bradford Dillman ... Capt. McKay

John Mitchum ... DiGeorgio

DeVeren Bookwalter ... Bobby Maxwell

John Crawford ... The Mayor
Samantha Doane ... Wanda
Robert F. Hoy ... Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)

Jocelyn Jones ... Miki
M.G. Kelly ... Father John

Nick Pellegrino ... Martin

Albert Popwell ... Mustapha

Rudy Ramos ... Mendez
Bill Ackridge ... Andy
Bill Jelliffe ... Johnny
Joe Bellan ... Freddie the Fainter
Tim O'Neill ... Police Sergeant
Jan Stratton ... Mrs. Grey
Will MacMillan ... Lt. Dobbs
Jerry Walter ... Krause

Steve Eoff ... Bustanoby
Tim Burrus ... Henry Lee

Michael Cavanaugh ... Lalo

Dick Durock ... Karl
Ron Manning ... Tex (as Ronald Manning)
Adele Proom ... Irene DiGeorgio
Glenn Leigh Marshall ... Army Sergeant
Robert Behling ... Autopsy Surgeon

Terence McGovern ... Disc Jockey (as Terry McGovern)
Stan Richie ... Bridge Operator
John Roselius ... Mayor's Driver
Brian Fong ... Scoutmaster
Art Rimdzius ... Porno Director

Chuck Hicks ... Huey
Anne Macey ... Madam (as Ann Macy)
Gloria Prince ... Massage Girl
Kenneth Boyd ... Abdul
Bernard Glin ... Koblo
Fritz Manes ... Detective #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Beebe ... Porno Actress (uncredited)

George Cheung ... Mendez Henchman (uncredited)
Michael L. Davis ... Police Sergeant at Bombing (uncredited)

Roger Ferreira ... Extra (uncredited)

Jean Glaudé ... Militant (uncredited)

Arthur Malet ... Innocent Bystander in Opening Action Sequence (uncredited)

Joe Spano ... Mitch, Robber (uncredited)

Directed by
James Fargo 
 
Writing credits
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink)

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
Dean Riesner (screenplay)

Gail Morgan Hickman (story) &
S.W. Schurr (story)

Produced by
Robert Daley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Charles W. Short (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Ferris Webster 
 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg 
 
Art Direction by
Allen E. Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Ira Bates 
 
Costume Design by
Glenn Wright (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Joe McKinney .... makeup supervisor
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John G. Wilson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Cavalier .... assistant director (as Joe Cavalier)
Joe Florence .... second assistant director
Billy Ray Smith .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Gerald MacDonald .... construction coordinator (as Jerry MacDonald)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Bert Hallberg .... sound
Keith Stafford .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects (as Joe Unsinn)
 
Stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne Van Horn)
Fred Brookfield .... stunts (uncredited)
Anthony Cecere .... stunts (uncredited)
George Cheung .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Jelliffe .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Adams .... key grip (as Ken Adams)
Richard Barth .... camera assistant (as Dick Barth)
Doug Cook .... second grip (as Douglas Cook)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
John McPherson .... gaffer
Frank Redmond .... camera assistant
Ellsworth Reed .... best boy
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Timothy E. Wade .... camera assistant (as Tim Wade)
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Jack du Long .... music arranger (uncredited)
Jack du Long .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Daniel Franklin .... music arranger (uncredited)
Daniel Franklin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joel Franklin .... music arranger (uncredited)
Joel Franklin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... music arranger (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Niehaus .... music arranger (uncredited)
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Art Pepper .... musician: alto saxophone solo (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tim Hill .... transportation captain
Art Rimdzius .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Diana Brent .... secretary to producer (as Dianna Brent)
Judie Garrison .... secretary to producer
Catalina Lawrence .... script supervisor
Fritz Manes .... assistant to producer
Don Mink .... auditor
Elly Mitchell .... production secretary
James Moffett .... first aid
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Dirty Harry 3" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (self applied) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1987) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1977) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1977) (cut) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #24716) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
This was not the only Clint Eastwood movie to shoot at Alcatraz Prison, as the location would be used later for Escape from Alcatraz (1979).See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Early in the film the girl lures the two gas company workers to her home, where the bad guy kills the two men and keeps their truck for use in their heist. Later on, when investigating the heist, the cops finally figure out that the ruse must have been via a gas company truck and uniforms. There is no mention of why the gas company had not reported the disappearance of their two men nor their truck, even though the men's bodies were discovered "last week".See more »
Quotes:
Lalo:[crying after Miki is accidentally shot; due to Maxwell stabbing DiGiorgio] Miki. Miki! Oh, baby, it's all right, I'll get you out. I'll get you home. Bobby, hey, Bobby, help me. Help me get her up.
Bobby Maxwell:[trying to pull him away] Come on, man, you're just going to screw around and get us caught!
Lalo:No, she's all right, we're gonna make it!
Bobby Maxwell:Forget it, she's dead.
Lalo:She's not dead!
Bobby Maxwell:The hell she isn't!
[pumps three more bullets into her with DiGiorgio's gun]
Bobby Maxwell:Come on, it's over.
Lalo:[shocked] Bobby!
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable on its own. Not quite a Harry movie, but a Clint movie, 6 November 2001
Author: bamptonj from Melbourne

I think many fans have mixed feelings about THE ENFORCER. It represents both a departure from and an adherence to the familiar Harry tradition. However, despite its many shortcomings, it excludes a great 70s feel.

Fans of the first two installments will still delight in Harry's struggles with bureaucracy in the department, and to this end Bradford Dillman is a valuable addition to the series as the new Chief. Once again, Clint has some killer dialogue but while for the most part he is as stern as in his previous performances, some of his lines are offered just a little too sparingly and nonchalantly.

The villains – this time a group of mere misfits who kidnap the Mayor of San Francisco for a ransom of five million dollars – just aren't as menacing as the crooks in DIRTY HARRY and MAGNUM FORCE. There's no mystique surrounding their identity and their performances are particularly flat and nondescript (even to the point where their plot points may wash over you and you momentarily lose your place.)

The script begins very promisingly with Harry being assigned a female partner. The relationship that develops between the two - as Harry is forced to deal with his subconscious sexist prejudice – leads to some surprising comical moments, and this addition to the dynamic of the usual animosity between Harry and his partners comes across very well.

The soundtrack is overwhelmingly orchestral giving THE ENFORCER a Hollywood music make-over instead of the usual gritty and upbeat Lalo Schrifin score which was used to full effect earlier. The chase scene in which Harry ends up in the Church builds up some tension and only serves thereby to remind the viewer of a hitherto absence of the moody jazz that was so prevalent in the original.

The original Dirty Harry's success was not due to any specific formula but rather was the result of a film full of subtleties. These subtleties included a perfect music score, a balanced tension between Harry and his partners, Harry's contempt for the red tape of police bureaucracy, and the sinister nature of the villain(s). Together, these dynamics made the original two movies stronger than the sum of their parts: THE ENFORCER is simply not as magical. This is a great pity. For the next Harry outing would see an older, greyer, and wrinklier Clint - and the series could only ever descend into some sort of parody.

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