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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson
  • Directors: Ted Post
  • Writers: Harry Julian Fink, John Milius, Michael Cimino, Rita M. Fink
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 20 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTNN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,223 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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When a mysterious wave of killings sweeps the Mafia underworld, it's Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan who answers with Magnum Force. Despite a demotion by Lt. Neil Briggs for his questionable methods, Harry will stop at nothing to find the killers.


This first sequel to Dirty Harry was written by a couple of strong voices, writer-directors Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) and John Milius (Farewell to the King). But that doesn't mean the film is particularly good. After Don Siegel's ferociously dark style in the first movie, Ted Post's blocky, television-ish direction in Magnum Force is a huge letdown. The story doesn't win any prizes, either. Eastwood's San Francisco detective Harry Callahan (apparently having retrieved his badge after throwing it away at the end of Dirty Harry) takes on a vigilante squad within the city's police force. David Soul is pretty convincing as the major spokesman for these right-wing avengers. Eastwood, on the other hand, had already turned Callahan from fascinating outsider in Siegel's film to purveyor of tough-guy shtick in this one. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is the second movie in the "Dirty Harry" series and it does not disappoint.

This time major thugs are being killed and it seems like "somebody is trying to put the courts out of business." It's up to Harry to solve the mystery of who is responsible.

I found that this movie was more action-orientated and did not have the emotional impact of the first movie ("Dirty Harry," 1971).

The acting is terrific. Clint Eastwood gives his usual excellent performance as Harry Callahan (even though Harry is not as gritty as he was in the first movie). However, Hal Holbrook gives an equally good performance as his boss, Lieutenant Briggs.

This movie also features early appearances by David Soul ("Starsky and Hutch") Robert Urich ("S.W.A.T.," "Vegas," "Spencer for Hire") and Tim Matheson ("Animal House"). Also, look for Suzanne Sommers ("Three's Company") in a bit part.

There is also social commentary blended into the action of this movie.

The background music is good but not as good as in the first film.

This is also the longest movie in the series.

Finally, the DVD (part of the Clint Eastwood Collection, released in 2001) has six extras.

In conclusion, this is a decent sequel in the "Dirty Harry" series! And don't forget: "A man's got to know his limitations."

(1973; 2 hr; wide screen; 36 scenes; rated 'R')

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Okay... before I begin, I must tell you I am a bit prejudice. I actually saw a scene from this movie being filmed. I lived in San Francisco and in 1973 was walking up the hill to Lafayette Park as they shot some scenes in a high rise apartment building.
I was fascinated as they shot the scene over and over to get the "tension" just right.
Now it is on DVD 30 years later. It has never looked better. Color corrected true wide screen picture, and a soundtrack that is crystal clear.
2 of the vigilante officers are played to perfection by "pre-Starsky" David Soul and, in his first role, the late Robert Urich. The scene in the darkened garage is still powerful in it's quiet threatening tone. It is SO CLEAR the cops enjoy wearing their elegant uniforms and tall boots, leather creaking and chrome gleaming in the dark... an awesome and memorable moment when those who are sent to protect and defend, go over the edge so confidently, quietly and in their minds, logically. It is still very frightening.
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By MR77100 on Jan. 12 2004
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I rarely give 5 stars, but this is one movie that deserves it! MAGNUM FORCE is my favorite Dirty Harry movie, and my favorite Eastwood film overall. After the smashing success of the classic Siegel film in 1971, Eastwood continued with this sequal in 1973, and it does not disappoint. Ted Post, who directed the TV series RAWHIDE where Eastwood started his acting career, takes the director's chair here. While most sequals usually are not as good, I consider MAGNUM FORCE to be the most interesting of the entire Dirty Harry series, and for good reason.
The plot is well-developed with a series of odd murders taking place over San Francisco. The top criminals of the city are the victims, but who are the killers? As Eastwood eventually finds out, the killers are closer to him than he thinks; they carry a badge just like him! Rookie motorcycle cops are relentlessly killing any criminal that escapes the courts. This Evil For Evil tactic is one that Harry would surely side with. Unfortunately he has sworn to protect the system he works for, no matter what. In the first movie, Harry is against the system, and was portrayed as a fascist by the critics. Ted Post did a good job of reversing this with MAGNUM FORCE. Here, Harry is protecting the system from the vigilantes that represent him from the first movie. The result is a startling puzzle that Harry puts together through instinct, determination, and patience.
In true Dirty Harry tradition, he busts a gang of crooks in the beginning, a group of plane hijackers by posing as the pilot.
Hal Holbrook plays Lt. Briggs, the greying boss of Harry who puts him in stakeout to keep him out of trouble. But Harry works his way back over to homicide and is soon on thr trail of the murders.
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Are we defined by what we watch or review? Given my politics, putting out my two cents on Magnum Force is like Walter Mondale going to a Republican Party Convention. However, let me state quite clearly that I'm putting this movie in the context of the times it represented, i.e. the perceived sense of the justice system's failure in the 1970's.
Following his acquittal of murdering a labour reformer and his family on a legal technicality, i.e. lack of admissible evidence, labor leader Carmine Ricca and three of his associates are gunned down by a police officer. As the outcome of his trial led to wild mobs downtown, his death leads one man to say, "maybe there's hope for the world yet." Other criminals become victims, including one in a very violent swimming pool massacre. Did anyone notice Suzanne Somers in that scene? Maybe I'll look more carefully next time. Note: Ricca and the murder of the labour reformer has overtones of Tony Boyle and Jock Yablonski, who with his wife and daughter were murdered in 1970 under Boyle's orders.
The frustration police officers felt in the 1970's is felt here. Charlie McCoy, one of Harry's friends, angrily says, "A hood can kill a cop, but a cop kill a hood?" Charlie's gone a bit mental, to the point that he and his wife are separated.
Harry locks horns with the obnoxious and waspish Lieutenant Briggs (Hal Holbrook), a desk jockey-type whose jealousy extends to taking Harry off homicide and putting him on stakeout. Not so much with the captain, who realizes that "someone's trying to put the courts out of business" and puts Harry back on homicide. The crimes have a distinct pattern, no witnesses despite the fact there was an officer right on top of the crime scene.
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