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The Enforcer (1976)

San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), with whom he's not too excited to be working.

Director:

James Fargo

Writers:

Harry Julian Fink (characters), Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Harry Callahan
Tyne Daly ... Kate Moore
Harry Guardino ... Lt. Bressler
Bradford Dillman ... Capt. McKay
John Mitchum ... DiGeorgio
DeVeren Bookwalter ... Bobby Maxwell
John Crawford ... The Mayor
Samantha Doane Samantha Doane ... Wanda
Bob Hoy ... Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)
Jocelyn Jones ... Miki
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... Father John
Nick Pellegrino ... Martin
Albert Popwell ... Mustapha
Rudy Ramos ... Mendez
Bill Ackridge Bill Ackridge ... Andy
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Storyline

Picking up three years after the events in Magnum Force (1973), a threatening terrorist group called "The People's Revolutionary Strike Force" declare war on the city of San Francisco and demand a ransom to be paid, otherwise they plan to blow the city apart. While Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is in limbo following his unorthodox method during a robbery, he's sent to dispatch the terrorist group, by playing their game by being dirtier than ever. But this time, he has a new partner, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), which might prove the task to be somewhat more difficult than ever, unless the two can work together.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

First, there was 1971's "Dirty Harry, then "Magnum Force" in 1973. And now on the Bi-centennial year, Harry Calahan is "THE ENFORCER". See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moving Target See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,236,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,236,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director James Fargo opted to have an ever-so-subtle green tint on Tyne Daly's face during the autopsy scene. See more »

Goofs

The mayor's limo screeches to a halt next to a truck and the baddies blow the truck to bits with their rocket launcher. In both long shots of the truck it is clearly not moving, but in the very brief head-on shot of the truck as the rocket hits its radiator, it is slowly moving forward. See more »

Quotes

Harry Callahan: Is that a confessional over there?
[Harry points to the corner of the church]
Father John: [smugly] You wanna make a confession?
Harry Callahan: You first!
[Harry grabs Father John & shoves him roughly into the confessional]
Harry Callahan: I want Maxwell!
[pulls his gun out]
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Alternate Versions

The Network Television version that aired on ABC had alternate footage filmed for some scenes: -When Harry shoots the criminal in the crotch at the beginning, the TV version switches to an angle shot from the top of the stairs so you don't see the bullet impact -Harry says "personnel? that's for [idiots]!" instead of Assholes -During the board test before officer Moore walks in, there is an alternate shot of Buster Novy to obscure the Cop saying "do something god dammit!" -When Harry grabs the phone out of Bressler's hands, he says "I'm coming down there myself! You better have those files open..." then it cuts to an alternate angle from behind Harry slamming the phone down on the receiver, cutting his "you pencil pushing son of a bitch!" completely -Harry says "Oh no" instead of "oh shit" upon seeing he has to work with officer Moore. -Nudity during the chase when the criminal and harry fall into the bedroom is censored -There is a close up/alternate shot of one of the mayors bodyguards being shot in the head so you don't see the blood when he's shot See more »

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Another Winner for the Series
7 June 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Enforcer (1976)

*** (out of 4)

The third film in the series finds Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) going up against a group of crazed Vietnam vets who take the Mayor hostage and demanding money for him before they not only kill him but blow up the city. With a new partner (Tyne Daly) at his side Harry must try and find out who the group is.

This here is quite as good as the previous film but it's certainly still a winner as everything that makes the series so memorable is on display here and considering it's the third film in the series, it's still rather impressive how fresh the lead character is as well as the story. I think it's fair to say that the story is "B" movie material but it's still very effective and it's certainly good enough to hold your attention from start to finish and of course there are a few twists thrown in as well.

This third film gives Harry a female partner, which allows for various sexist scenes that could only work in a film from this era. The different sex really adds quite a bit to the movie since it does get the laughs that you'd expect in certain scenes but it's also a refreshing take on the genre. By this time the Dirty Harry character was already iconic so the toughness of that character mixed well with the female officer here. It certainly doesn't hurt that Eastwood and Daly have so much chemistry together. The two of them are very effective in their roles with Eastwood clearly at ease playing this tough-as-nails cop who doesn't everything his way. The supporting cast also offers up good performances from Bradford Dillman, John Mitchum, Albert Popwell and Harry Guardino.

THE ENFORCER contains all the elements that made the first two films great entertainment. Of course you get a pretty simple story of good versus evil but what makes it so well here is how it's set up. The opening sequence is downright violent and the cold-blooded nature of this group just makes you hate them to the point where you can't wait to see Harry get revenge. The film also offers up some pretty exciting action sequences including one of the great foot chases ever captured. Add in the top-notch cinematography and the great jazz score and THE ENFORCER is another success.


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