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Magnum Force (Widescreen)
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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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And "Magnum Force" plants everybody's anti-hero cop squarely between two forces -- the broken system, and a secret cabal of dirty cops taking justice into their own hands. This movie is much more "Hollywoodish" than the first one, but it also tackles some difficult ethical issues along the way. And as usual, Clint Eastwood is friggin' awesome.
As the movie opens, a mobster is acquitted on a technicality, even though everyone knows he's guilty. On his way home, an SFPD traffic officer stops him -- and then kills everyone in his car. Callahan (Eastwood) can't really do anything about this, because he's been loaned out to stakeouts because he's just so darn reckless. But more and more criminals keep turning up dead, so they put "Dirty" Harry back on homicide.
Unfortunately, Harry has deduced that a cop is responsible for the killings, and that someone is taking the law into their own hands -- which is a problem area, since he himself hates "the system" and its flaws. But the truth is much worse: a secret vigilante squad has formed within the SFPD, and if you're not with them, you're against them. Callahan is their next target.
One of the most likable qualities about Dirty Harry is that he's a maverick who values justice above the strict letter of law. So it's intriguing to see him go up against extremists who are taking the law into their own hands -- he's dancing between "the system" that he hates, and the self-determined "justice" that he also hates. No easy answers.Read more ›
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>>
as nightmare scenario...much like today...and clint seems bemused by it all...and much in warner's tradition on his own to tame the city...many people see the western hero transformed in the city...alone and in solitude..Read more ›
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this second film in the Dirty Harry series of films is,in my mind,better than the first one.the story is better.it's a bit more complex. Read morePublished on June 9 2010 by falcon
Okay... before I begin, I must tell you I am a bit prejudice. I actually saw a scene from this movie being filmed. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by classicmoviefan
Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" (1971) was a tough act to follow, yet "Magnum Force" (1973) holds up quite well. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by Scott T. Rivers
Yeah, baby, yeah! Clint is the man, and my man was at his best as Dirty Harry Callahan, the San Fran dick (slang for "detective") blasting the bad guys into oblivion! Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by William Fevers III
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by MR77100
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003 by Daniel J. Hamlow
Somewhat dated, MAGNUM FORCE is mostly a curiosity of sorts because you have future tv/movie stars (the late)Robert Urich (VEGAS,S.W.A. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003
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