A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way.Written by
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The only Dirty Harry film where Callahan uses a semi-automatic handgun. The gun is a large caliber semi-automatic pistol AMP (auto magnum pistol).44 AutoMag model 180. It was developed by the Auto Mag Corporation between 1966 and 1971 to translate the power of .44 magnum to a semi-automatic pistol. Cartridges for the .44 Auto Mag were originally formed using surplus .30-06 or .308 Winchester (similar to the 7.62 x 51 NATO) - at the time of the film's release ammunition for the Auto Mag firearms were available from Norma in Sweden (see also Beverly Hills Cop II). See more »
Bradford Dillman, who played Capt. McKay in the previous film _The Enforcer_, seems to be playing the exact same character here, except he's named Capt. Briggs. Even more confusing is that Briggs was the name of _Hal Holbrook_'s ill-fated lieutenant in the second Dirty Harry film _Magnum Force_. See more »
Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan once again angers his superiors with his maverick approach to police work. Refusing to take a vacation he is given a simple case which takes him outside of San Francisco. However, he soon discovers a link between a recent murder in the city and a murder outside of the city, which leads him to the trail of a revenge killer.
As an entry in the Dirty Harry franchise the film starts with some very promising moments, including the legendary "Go ahead, make my day" line that Eastwood delivers wonderfully through clenched teeth before single handedly foiling a robbery. Very badass and it just what fans can expect from him. However, the film soon shifts gears and focuses on the mysterious revenge killer. The problem is that this killer isn't all that mysterious as she is characterized as much as Harry is. This really detracts from the presence of the main character who ruled all of his previous film appearances with, pardon the pun, Magnum Force.
On the bright side this new storyline does draw several parallels to Harry's own unorthodox methods and gives his character dramatic depth that was not there before, but fans that were looking for another badass Harry outing will more than likely be somewhat disappointed. However, a tense climax ends the film on an exciting note so if you don't mind something a little different, it is a good movie for fans. --- 7/10
Rated R for violence and a rape scene
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