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Magnum Force (Widescreen)

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005NTNN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,144 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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
Format: DVD
One thing you can immediately tell about Dirty Harry Callahan is that he isn't afraid to ignore the rules if lives are on the line -- but he's no dirty cop.

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.
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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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At times a director notes he doesnt have a good script...and leans on action and there's plenty of it here. What do we make of it...the best crime dramas and some ideas went through my head as i saw this...i recall those great crime writers of the past in film martin rackin and dashell hammett...rackin worked for many years in the 50's with alan ladd...a colossal mistake at WB..and a loss of esteem at the studio he was not the right actor for their stuff..and the great writer hammett noted he wasnt tough without a gun...which is where menace and intimidation actually are and the gun is actually a prop...much of Rackin's good scripts never were realized at Jaguar due to bad casting and warners during the 50's entered a fallow period in crime dramas...i recall the film bladerunner with harrison ford and the police in that novel has affinity with this film...whatever you think of such views?I say all this since clint often has no gun but he snarls and is tough and intimidating...where the other actors show their guns...he's a throwback to the old warner actors who could also dominate scenes in this way. However the writing lets him down...the idea is not bad...we have a begginning with organized crime...and some police who try to tak the law into their own hands...and become judges on wheels...and crooked cops and clint manages to due away with the corruption in the city...once on his way to city hall...the first dirty harry had much less action but was a more riveting film and suspenseful...there's not much's more an interesting film in showing a future
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..
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