Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…
A man's got to know his limitations.
"Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop them.
It looks as though Harry Callahan is doomed never to be able to finish his junk food.
In Dirty Harry, he only gets one bite of his hot dog before it all goes off at a bank nearby. Aww shit. In Magnum Force he gets a few more bites down of a pretty nice looking burger before he involves himself in trying to prevent the hijacking of a plane, but he still doesn't manage the whole thing. At least these events cut some calories out of his diet.
Magnum Force is a hard film to approach in some ways and I think perhaps even more than Dirty Harry it needs to be rewatched. You can very easily come into Magnum…
Clint Eastwood's second outing as Detective Harry Callahan, for me at least, is better than his debut. Ted Post took over directing duties from Don Siegel, but his film had much of the same tone as the 1971 original. The plot is a simple one however, someone is executing major mobsters and criminals in the city leading to conspiracy theories and fears of a mob war. Eastwood's Harry is still the maverick with his superiors but has a hunch as to the perpetrators of the killings. Hal Holbrook has a pivotal role in proceedings as Harry's Lieutenant with an agenda, and the likes of David Soul, Tim Matheson, and Robert Urich all get the chance to shine behind those mirrored…
A hand holding a gun.
A huge gun.
Against a red backdrop.
The theme music by Lalo Schifrin pounds out of the speakers, building to a crescendo.
Slowly, the hand pulls back and cocks the gun.
The huge gun.
It points toward the screen and a gravelly voice tells you simply what you're looking at and what you can expect from it.
Then it fires.......
Eastwood follows one of the greatest cop movies with another of the greatest cop movies about cops.
And the only thing that can stop them is a cop who is badder than any other.
Do you feel lucky?
I think, considering that Dirty Harry is one of my favourite films of all time, that I should probably take some kind of offence to Magnum Force. It's not even because it's not nearly as good, but more to do with the fact that it takes the character of Harry Callahan to places that I did not want to see him go to in this film's predecessor.
Dirty Harry got Callahan perfect - it's one of the reasons the film is so good. All we see is Callahan the cop. We don't see his home life, we don't know anything about him outside of his profession, and we don't want to know anything about them. So they had a major…
"A man's got to know his limitations."- Harry Callahan
The sequel to Don Siegel's 1971 classic Dirty Harry is really good as far as sequels go. It doesn't simply try to rehash the original, it actually has ideas of its own. The villians in this one were pretty cool as they are basically more extreme versions of Harry himself. The music is great, the action is terrific, and I really enjoyed the story. Clint Eastwood is once again an absolute badass as Dirty Harry. My main complaint with this one is that is runs a bit long. It's more than 20 minutes longer than the original and it really doesn't need to be. The finale is awesome though and overall Magnum Force is a damn good sequel. 7.5/10
An interesting Dirty Harry film.
Good follow up to the first film. The tone is very similar-score is still great.
The plane sequence is cool.
Eastwood is great again in his role.
Holbrook is a great addition. I like the chemistry between him and Eastwood.
The plot is what makes this film so interesting. Vigilante cops are killing known criminals that have slipped through the justice system for a variety of reasons. Eastwood is brought in to investigate when it's not known whose behind the killings-he pieces things together and when confronted by the killers he says a line that made me rethink what I thought about the character of Dirty Harry in the first film. 'I think you've misjudged…
I had a dream about this film which I had never seen. A kaleidoscope of big cars, San Fran scenery, loud gunshots and thick red stage blood on polyester suits. My dreams came true. Though it never really finds a way to bring Harry into the case in a wholly satisfactory way until way too late. There a two completely unrelated vignettes with Harry being a hero out of nowhere to pad out the first hour (great mini movies in themselves!).
The great simple opening titles to a pulsating new theme from Lalo Schfrin was my ultimately always going to be my favourite bit. Too bad the theme didnt feature again to my recollection. Nihilistic nonsense from future academy award winner Michael Cimino and John Milius. This is waaaay more Milius.
Easily the worst of the series and probably the only one I will now never rewatch.
Sequel to Dirty Harry. Doesn't quite capture the essence.
But Clint is still a "force" to be reckoned with on screen.
Durdy Harry is back, this time with a bigger magnum!! After rewatching Dirty Harry and loving it even more, I decided to see how good the rest of the series really was. Surprisingly, this turned out to be probably my least favorite of the bunch. While it's a little more refined and may have a bit more of a message (especially compared to The Dead Pool), I found it to be too self-serious, too grim, and too long. That's not to say it was bad, but it certainly wasn't the rip-roaring suspenseful good time the first one was.
Our plot here revolves around a bunch of rookie motorcycle cops who are out to take the law into their own hands,…
"People are guilty until proven... I mean... God damn it, you know what I mean!"
When a mobster gets away with his crimes on a technicality, he and his cronies are killed shortly afterwards by a traffic cop. Soon, a whole slew of criminals are being executed. But is it really a cop carrying out this vigilante justice or someone impersonating one? 'Dirty' Harry Callahan is soon assigned to the case and starts 'investigating' in his own unique way.
This sequel to the huge success that was Dirty Harry is another tremendous slice of Seventies police thriller. Granted, it doesn't have the sheer wow factor of the original but Clint Eastwood is once again in sizzling form, gritting his teeth…
Very disappointed with this. I like this genre but this was really mundane, and more like an episode of Columbo than a stylish drama like Serpico.
When i watched all the Eastwoodmovies i thought he was a injustice collector; i liked the movies, i liked the guns he had and he was an example for me!
The plots were simple: all the injustice was made ok by Clint!
This movie's plot is basically about showing where Harry stands when it comes to busting bad guys. He certainly has no problem shooting them. Does Harry think it's okay to murder criminals? Or does he think the system works?
"Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot."
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
I thought it would be useful to pool the Letterboxd community's extensive film knowledge to create a series of lists…
Now I know this might seem like a shameless way to get other people to find loads of 1970s crime…