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The Enforcer (1976)

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San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore, with whom he's not too excited to be working.

Director:

James Fargo

Writers:

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

A threatening terrorist group called "The People's Revolutionary Strike Force" demand a ransom to be paid, otherwise they plan to blow the city apart. While Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is in limbo following his unorthodox method during a robbery, he's sent to dispatch the terrorist group, by playing their game. This time, he has a new partner, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), which might prove the task to be somewhat more difficult than ever, unless the two can work together.

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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 »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Captain McKay was played by Bradford Dillman. He played Captain Briggs in the next "Dirty Harry" movie Sudden Impact (1983). These are the only two Dirty Harry movies he's in, but Lieutenant Briggs was played by Hal Holbrook in Magnum Force (1973). No word if the two Briggses are related, or if it's just a similarity in names. See more »

Goofs

As the Police vehicles arrive at the Mustapha bust, the third squad car to arrive, number 167 blocks the intersection and its sole occupant gets out however moments later car 167 is seen again at the front of shot pulling up outside Mustapha's premises with a number of armed SWAT officers in it. See more »

Quotes

Kate Moore: [arriving at Mustapha's barber shop headquarters] OK, I give up... what's this?
Harry Callahan: This is the Fillmore chapter of the VFW... Very Few Whites.
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Alternate Versions

Norwegian cinema version was cut to get an 16 rating, later video and DVD versions are uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Pawn Stars: Like a Rock (2012) See more »

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What can Dirty Harry not take on?
5 September 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

For me the sequels to "Dirty Harry" never came close topping the original, but I thoroughly enjoyed and think highly of them anyway... well maybe with the exception of "The Dead Pool". Each one seemed to add its own distinguishable touch to the typical formula. The third film (and probably the cheapest, as it looks like it) of the series 'The Enforcer' seemed to have that swinging and carefree vibe of the times, with the biting reality and stark realisations (heavily implemented in the first two) taking a backseat for forceful (if crass) humour. However the violence is still gritty, mean, explosive and openly displayed. Director James Fargo ('Forced Vengeance', 'Every Which Way But Loose', 'Caravans' and 'A Game for Vultures') has appeared in some of Eastwood's early films as assistant director, and here he paces it well-enough and let's the foundation play out more like an expansive low-key action fling filled with the constant buddy routines (as Harry is paired up with a young green-horn female detective fidgety played by Tyne Daly. Who does bring an authentic and potent side to her role) that are credibly developed, long-winded build-ups finishing off with brute force and the quick-witted response. Harry also has got a catch-phrase… just 'marvellous'.

Eastwood laconically pulls it off with dominant ease and certain authority of truly delving into this character (as now there's more to that monomaniacal search for one's own justice), as his hands out punishment (against a bunch of terrorists who call themselves 'The People's Revolutionary') and has time to let fly what he really thinks. Copping the cynical barbs are amusing support performances by Harry Guardino, John Crawford and Bradford Dillman. The bad guys here aren't overly memorable, but the DeVeren Bookwalter bestows a steely glance and has a quietly dangerous psychotic air to him. Showing up again, but in another different character is the wonderful Albert Popwell.

I never tire of the San Francisco locations (where most of the films are shot), and the camera superbly details the on-screen action and striking background features. What I like about the ending of these earlier 'Dirty Harry' films, was how they weren't afraid to end on such an powerful note involving something represented visually to express the mindset, as the camera slowly zooms out and the harrowing score cues in. On the point about the music. I would say I was a little put off by the racy and bouncy jazz score arrangement of composer Jerry Fielding (who by-the-way has done some magnificent scores for films of Sam Peckinpah, Michael Winner and Clint Eastwood) just didn't have the stinging, sombre and self-reflecting quality of Lalo Schifrin's efforts. That's not to say it was bad or felt out of place, because it didn't with the feel that this one opted for. But a darker or more subtle take could've done it wonders since Fielding has chalked up some jarringly bold pieces in other films.

The script has some political context (home-grown terrorism, political correctness and equal-gender opportunity), but always stays true to the story than trying to undermine or overdo it. While it should be predictable, it does keep one step ahead and offers a surprise or two.

An up-to-par sequel.


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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:

$46,236,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,236,000
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Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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