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The Enforcer (Deluxe Edition) [Import]

Clint Eastwood , Tyne Daly , James Fargo    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Trapped by his image in 1976, Clint Eastwood resurrected his Dirty Harry character for a third go-round (out of a total of five) in The Enforcer, a potboiler of a story in which the San Francisco detective takes on a group of revolutionary kids. Tyne Daly costars as a female cop who partners with the reluctant Harry Callahan, and she does very well by a role created merely to underscore and articulate the hero's various virtues. It's a dull package all around, but inside the wrapping are good performances by the two leads. --Tom Keogh

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By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER

"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>>

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2.0 out of 5 stars Generic Harry Feb. 23 2014
"Dirty Harry" was a gritty, brilliant suspense movie. "Magnum Force" was more of a Hollywood product, but still a solid timeless thriller.

Sadly "The Enforcer" is the first misstep in the classic Dirty Harry series, skewing the series in all the wrong directions -- we've got dated villains, a weird soundtrack, and an oddly defanged Harry dealing with TV-drama woes (oh no, he's got a WOMAN partner! And she's BY THE BOOK!). Clint Eastwood is as cool as ever, but he seems to be sleepwalking through large portions of the story.

After getting in trouble (again) for using excessive force, Harry (Eastwood) ends up exiled to the personnel department, where he's forced to deal with inexperienced cops being made inspectors. But when his newest partner, Frank DiGiorgio (John Mitchum), is fatally injured by an extremist group called the People's Revolutionary Strike (what?), Harry is launched back into the fray.

To his dismay, his new partner is Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), who has never made an arrest or worked a real case. But because she's a woman, the publicity-hungry mayor wants her on the case. And when a bomb is set off in the Hall of Justice, the uneasy partners are forced to go after the people responsible -- with shocking and tragic results.

"The Enforcer" doesn't really feel much like the previous two Dirty Harry movies. In fact, it sometimes feels more like an overlong episode of a '70s cop TV show -- just look at the whole subplot about Harry getting an "odd couple" partner who, of course, complements him well. And let's face it, the whole revolutionary bomber thing has not aged well, nor are any of villains very memorable.

And James Fargo doesn't really inject much life into the lackluster story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good view of modern cities Aug. 17 2012
When you look back at these old society-city type films,many of them are dated,and are not of much interest. Eastwood put these films first in his collection,in a 35 volume pack,since he finds them the most important and ones he would like to be remembered for,with much good bonus material to back up the movies...I find this package extraordinary and although he's disparaged by empty words such as 'fascist' by pauline kael,which he mentions as idiotic as the word 'communist' as being anachronism and bureaucratic jingoism,and he say she is a 'film critic' but she doesnt get the film...he's actually fighting fascism. Anyways the film is choppy and moves from different plot lines in sudden jerks,and isn't smooth,but that's a faulty screenplay,and it begins one way and ends in a differnt tone. We begin with the city of San Francisco, city,and we really live in cities,and the film is about how the police relates to the city...and in this sense hardly dates at all. Perhaps that's why the script moves jerkily along at times. At first we have a detective,female detective who joins him,and he doubts she can deal with the savagery..violence on the streets. There is much disparagement at bureaucrats,and upper police,and the scenarist points a double edged sword,as the lead officer is a jerk...,and some anal comment,and this is in the days of bath house raids and magazines being taken off shelves,as the police keep the cities clean and abusers off the street. This is San Francisco and a reference to gays...and at the time the city had this kind of nonsense to deal with...as most cities did then,,,and was based on bias rather than science... Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry 3
number three in the series is pretty slow going,in my opinion,and i didn't think the story was of much interest.the action is pretty limited. Read more
Published on June 9 2010 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars "Power to the People"
THE ENFORCER is the third entry to the Dirty Harry series. While a good perforance by Eastwood overall, the movie does not quite match up to the Don Siegel-directed original or... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by MR77100
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine example of why they call him 'Dirty' Harry.
A group of thugs passing themselves off as The People's Revolutionary Army (or something like that) grab a stockpile of weapons and ammunition, killing Harry Callahan's friend and... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film, But Questionable Message
In this interesting Dirty Harry film, Harry and company duel with a weird group of "revolutionaries. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by J. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars It has a certain sense of style.
While not as entertaining as the original Dirty Harry, (what could be?) The Enforcer for me was the reason you went to see Rated R Movies in the first place, violence, dirty... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Winnowing out the "Neanderthals"
It's a good thing San Francisco has a cop like Harry Callahan. No punk is safe with Harry around and if they happen to get killed before he can arrest them, read them their rights... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2002 by Jerry Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Want Me To Do, Yell Trick Or Treat At Them?
This one and Sudden Impact has the best Dirty Harry one-liners in them. Dirty Harry takes the law in his own hands, doesn't care what anyone in his department thinks. Read more
Published on July 21 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Chapter in the Book of Dirty Harry
In this third chapter from the Book of Dirty Harry Callahan, there's plenty of action as Harry breaks in a new partner and goes after a ruthless bunch, some self-proclaimed... Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-PC Harry
Personally I think that this is an excellent movie but not for the reasons that you might think.
This is not the best action Dirty Harry movie, nor is it the best for reasons... Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Junglies
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry enforces the law HIS way.
It should come as no surprise that, after dealing with right wing vigilantes in Magnum Force, SFPD Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan went up again militant left radicals in The... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
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