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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"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>>
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on June 9 2010 by falcon
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 morePublished on April 8 2004 by MR77100
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 morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
In this interesting Dirty Harry film, Harry and company duel with a weird group of "revolutionaries. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by J. Reynolds
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 morePublished on Jan. 14 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by Jerry Fry
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 morePublished on July 21 2002
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 morePublished on July 7 2002 by Reviewer
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