"We want one million dollars or we start blowing things up. The People's Revolutionary Strike Force. Remember Fessenheim."
The above is the motivation for this third installment in the "Dirty Harry" movie series.
This movie tries to follow the same formula as the first movie ("Dirty Harry," 1971) but this time instead of pursuing a single thug, "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is going after a group of thugs.
The first movie also presents Dirty Harry to the world and does a memorable job in doing this. This movie can't do this so, to make it more interesting, Harry is teamed up with a newly-minted female inspector (Tyne Daly).
Unfortunately, this does make for a very interesting film. Clint Eastwood seems to walk through his performance and does not seem to deliver the same energy or intensity as he did in the first two installments of the series. (The second installment was "Magnum Force," 1973.)
The only bright spot is Tyne Daly. She gives an admirable performance.
This movie has a high level of violence but even with this, this film seems "routine."
As well, the background music was lack-lustre.
I was surprised when I read that this movie was a major commercial success. (Its budget was nine million dollars and its box office draw was about forty-six million.) I think this was due to Clint Eastwood's star power which was firmly established by then.
Finally, the DVD itself (released in 2001, part of "The Clint Eastwood Collection") has six extras.
In conclusion, after two excellent installments in the "Dirty Harry" movie series, this movie falls below expectations.
(1976; 1 hr, 35 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 30 scenes; rated `R')
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>