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The Enforcer (1976)

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.

Director:

James Fargo

Writers:

Harry Julian Fink (characters), Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Samantha Doane ... Wanda
Bob Hoy ... Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)
Jocelyn Jones ... Miki
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... Father John
Nick Pellegrino ... Martin
Albert Popwell ... Mustapha
Rudy Ramos ... Mendez
Bill Ackridge Bill Ackridge ... Andy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moving Target See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,200,000
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Mono | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, before Harry goes into the restaurant, he drives by a lone red car parked at the corner. In the next shot, there is a white car, behind the red car, that wasn't in the first shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank DiGiorgio: [DiGiorgio is dying] Harry, listen, the punk who cut me. I've seen him before.
Harry Callahan: Where?
Frank DiGiorgio: ...I just can't make the name.
Lt. Al Bressler: Well, where do you know him from, Frank?
Frank DiGiorgio: That homicide, remember, Harry? The old hooker, Filmore district. The summer of '71?
Harry Callahan: Yeah, well, what about it?
Frank DiGiorgio: He was one of the pimps we questioned. We liked him for it, Harry, we liked him real good.
Harry Callahan: As I recall, we liked everybody north of Market Street on that one.
Frank DiGiorgio: He had one of those cutesy-pie, little boy names: Charlie, or something...
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Alternate Versions

Cut in Sweden when it ran theatrically in 1977:
  • The killing of the gas men; no blood seen coming from the knife wound of the first unlucky one nor blood seen from the second gas man being killed with a shotgun.
  • The execution of Miki Waleska in the fire arms warehouse was completly cut.
  • No second image of the dead bridge keeper.
  • Harry beating the guard at Tiffany's was trimmed down. Using some really bad editing, it cuts from where Harry kicks the guard in the groin to him "questioning" Buchinski in the Ladies room.
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Average sequel, that still lacks the original magic
7 March 2002 | by Aidan McGuinnessSee all my reviews

"The Enforcer" is the third in the line of Dirty Harry movies. It's suffering from sequelitis - it's just not the original movie.

This time around Harry's up against a rather dull group of civilian terrorists. The enemies are weaker than in "Magnum Force" where they weren't nearly up to the psychotic Scorpio of the original. He's assisted by a female partner this time around, which provides for some amusing non-PC moments as Harry makes disparaging sexist remarks.

The problem is it's all getting a bit formulaic. The formula does work fairly well, but I'd like to see some more creativity employed. Harry does something wild to get his guy. Harry gets into trouble. Harry is called back because only he can save the day. Harry saves day but with a cost. The villains don't help by being unmemorable clichés, espousing the usual diatribe about being for the people. Harry is again ably played by Eastwood (the glove fits here) but .. there's nothing amazing about any of the other roles. All slip away from memory.

"The Enforcer" isn't a bad movie. It's just... an alright movie. It's worth catching if yer a fan of the series, but it's all a bit forgettable. 5.7/10


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