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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…
Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot!
The last time I saw Dirty Harry was about two months ago (in a theater no less!) and ever since I've felt like I wasn't whole. How can one just stop at Dirty Harry? It's unnatural.
See I think Magnum Force is an incredibly underrated sequel. When you hear conversations about the best movie sequels of all time, it's never brought up but it should be. It does what most sequels don't dare to do. Instead of just giving you more of what the original one it flips the script on you and shows you the other side of things.
In Dirty Harry we saw Clint…
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…
"Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot!"
I can see why some would be disappointed in this, a kind-of light-hearted sequel to the harder-edged Dirty Harry.
But I'm not one of those people.
Basically, this is Dirty Harry Gets Wacky, as he disguises himself as a pilot in a terrorist hijacking, karate chops evil motorcycle cops to death and hangs out with his funky, hip Asian girlfriend.
It's definitely not as good as Dirty Harry, but maybe, just maybe, the teensiest bit more entertaining.
Dirty Harry is back... and nicer? He expresses patience and compassion for the coworkers he once did little to hide his hatred for? What?
Not a creative failure but a definite sophomoric stumble, Magnum Force challenged its predecessor's notion that for justice, the ends will justify the means by pitting Callahan against a rogue team of unidentified SFPD cops who have been executing all manner of societal ne'er-do-wells at traffic stops. Does the film argue that Harry is misguided in his intentions, or does it just think he's the only one above due process? The movie doesn't really care to answer these questions, instead riveting us with set pieces that up the previous entry's ante both successfully (the abandoned ship finale) and sloppily (the less said about Dirty Harry driving an airplane, the better). It's looser (the longest of the series, actually) and flabbier, but still a gripping, grim San Francisco cop tale.
Back in the early 1970's the idea of vigilante cops was far-fetched entertainment...
Today, the world has become so unstable, this fantasy yarn could eventually become a front-page headline.
The fact that I had to write that makes the small hairs on my neck stand on end.
Dirty Harry returns in "Magnum Force". The premise of the film is interesting, the acting is great, the action is great, the villains are very good...but why don't I like this movie as much as I should. After the film ended I felt like it had a satisfying conclusion, but something was missing. I still don't know what it was but it irks me. Maybe I'll have to give this film another go in a year or so, maybe I'll be able to figure out what was missing.
Missin the bay.
Another great 70s cop film. A good story with good shoot-outs and a solid cast. Good music with good production and some great lines.
Superb follow-up to DIRTY HARRY is, in addition to being a wildly entertaining cop flick, extremely funny in that it finds a group of antagonists whose vigilante tactics are too much for even Harry Callahan. Not to mention the barrage of women who casually want to fuck him. The villains don't really matter in this one (nor any of the other sequels, for that matter), and some of the stereotypes are horribly dated (that goddamn pimp car), but this is a just a great 70s cop flick: super violent, politically incorrect, and highly entertaining.
While certainly not the best of the sequels to 1971's 'Dirty Harry', 'Magnum Force' is still a superior and thoroughly entertaining '70s cop film.
Key to the success of Ted Post's efforts is the strong core questions it poses: where is the line drawn between justice and retribution? And, where does Harry Callahan really stand? The film doesn't always follow through on these questions, but does use them as a framework for both entertaining action and character development.
The template from the original film remains fairly intact: Harry muscles his way to the centre of an over-arching investigation, while dealing with incidental violent crimes on the side. Whereas 'Dirty Harry' saw our supercop foil a bank robbery and avert a…
Tepid sequel to Dirty Harry is a great vehicle for Clint Eastwood, and has an interesting enough hook and thematic underpinning. But with the exception of some flashy, gimmicky camera work in a few spots, this feels like a TV movie with more violence and nudity. It isn't bad, and is entertaining enough to watch, but it's nowhere near as good as the first film.
While not as brilliant as Dirty Harry, this sequel does do some things better than it's predecessor. The story is a bit disjointed and tangental though. I'm not sure if tangental is a word, but I've typed it now so fuck it. Clint is still the man.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…