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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Callahan
... Kate Moore
... Lt. Bressler
... Capt. McKay
... DiGeorgio
... Bobby Maxwell
... The Mayor
Samantha Doane ... Wanda
... Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)
... Miki
M.G. Kelly ... Father John
... Martin
... Mustapha
... 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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The "dirtiest" Harry of them all! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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22 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Dirty Harry III  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,200,000
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Trivia

The only Dirty Harry movie where his partner is a woman. See more »

Goofs

At the autopsy of the elderly security guard, the medical examiner says that the killer put his hand over the guard's mouth before stabbing him in the back, but as shown in the earlier scene the killer clearly didn't do this. See more »

Quotes

'Big Ed' Mustapha: [studying a list of suspects] Bobby Maxwell. He's the main man.
Harry Callahan: You know him?
'Big Ed' Mustapha: Stone waste of white.
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Average sequel, that still lacks the original magic
7 March 2002 | by See 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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