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Magnum Force (1973)

Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Callahan
... Lt. Briggs
... McCoy
... Davis
... Sweet
... Astrachan
... Grimes
... Early Smith
Maurice Argent ... Nat Weinstein
... Prostitute
... Ricca
... Palancio
Jack Kosslyn ... Walter
Bob March ... Estabrook
Bob McClurg ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. You Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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Clint Eastwood is back in 'Full Force' as Dirty Harry in "Magnum Force." See more »


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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Vigilance  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,871,011, 30 December 1973

Gross USA:

$44,680,473, 31 December 1974
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1973. See more »

Goofs

The quantity of C-4 shown in the mailbox bomb would have destroyed Callahan's car entirely and probably injured or killed him as close as he was when it exploded. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry Callahan: [at end of main titles] This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?
[fires at the audience]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are played over a hand (presumably Harry's) holding a 44 Magnum against a red background. As such, this is the only Dirty Harry movie in which the opening credits are not played over San Francisco scenery. See more »

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Another Dirty Harry masterpiece
3 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Magnum Force turns up the heat a little more than Dirty Harry. There is a little more gunplay and more of the sizzling 70's soundtrack that helped Dirty Harry be so groovy. Clint returns of course as Dirty Harry Callahan, this time after a small group of rogue cops. All the Dirty Harry movies are great and this is the 2nd best in the series, after Dirty Harry. The streets of San Francisco provides a beautiful backdrop, and Hal Halbrook does a great job of playing the continually annoyed chief. Bottom Line: Magnum Force meets the bar set by Dirty Harry and does a fabulous job of continuing the series.


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