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The Enforcer (1976)


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Number three in the Dirty Harry series, The Enforcer equips macho cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) with a female assistant, Kate Moore (Tyne Daly). Their quarry is a terrorist organization which has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco (John Crawford). Harry goes undercover, attempting to root out the terrorists by beating up anybody who looks at him cross-eyed. When Harry and Kate discover that the mayor is being held at Alcatraz Island, it is only a matter of time before the climactic

Nov 20, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Daly as character Kate is very empathetic and riveting to watch...

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...lacks a strong, clearly defined villainous presence. Still, Eastwood's flinty-eyed stare and snarling lip are more than enough.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Finally, we know Lacey's secret past...she was killed in the line of duty

October 28, 2005
Film Threat

A series that has become too familiar using the same old formula.

September 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dirty Harry has a female partner...briefly. Blasting action.

June 12, 2005

Dirty Harry keeps knocking 'em down in entertaining fashion.

April 2, 2005

Dirty Harry confronts women's lib ... and Eastwood demonstrates his feminist affinities once again.

January 21, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A grim, gutsy, perversely satisfying shot of machismo from an era when action heroes were action heroes -- not a little boy's idea of an action hero.

November 8, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

A solid third installment in the DIRTY HARRY series. Tyne Daly excellent as the flustered but competent female partner. Great final showdown with terrorists on Alcatraz.

March 22, 2003

For Eastwood fans only, third of five in the Dirty Harry series, but hardening of the arteries began to set in with one.

November 28, 2002
Houston Community Newspapers

The best part of the Dirty Harry movies is Harry's signature sarcasm.

December 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Dirty Harry is back. All in all, the movie held my interest even though you know how a Dirty Harry movie will end.
November 7, 2013

Super Reviewer

An explosive, smart, funny and furiously entertaining action-packed thrill-ride that is just too much fun to handle. A great action flick that has lots to offer and is great to watch again. It`s not as dark as the other films and know how to enjoy itself.
December 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

Clint Eastwood returns as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan in the third of five films concerning the exploits of this supremely macho cop.

This time around Harry is partnered up (much to his chagrin) with a determined, yet inexperienced female partner named Officer Kate Moore, played by Tyne Daly. Their mission: to stop a radical left wing terrorist organization bent on raising Hell throughout San Francisco, The group is primarily modeled after the Symbionese Liberation Army, with perhaps a dash of the Black Panthers thrown in for good measure.

This isn't a bad film, as it has some good lines and humor, some decent action, and a little bit of effort to continue the series's trend of making a police drama with socio-cultural/political subtexts. This time around however, the subtext is pretty lacking, and I blame the script, which comes off as not really uninspired, but mainly just lazy. Also, it doesn't help that the idea of having Harry team up with a woman comes off as more novel, and isn't taken as seriously as it should. This results in some lighthearted moments, which aren't bad on a basic level, but end up coming off as a bit silly.

So yeah, the film has some problems, but it's still really enjoyable, fairly rousing, and decent enough. The players do their best with the material they're given, and I've got to give Daly some credit for doing her best to hold her own against such an icon playing an equally iconic character.

The series has definitely settled into a nice comfortable groove by this point, but even if it is losing a bit of steam, there's still some decent camera work, a fairly fine musical score, and some good action scenes to keep things moving along nicely.
September 2, 2012
Chris Weber

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    1. Harry Callahan: Captain if your gonna jerk all these people off don't do it with me.
    2. Capt. McKay: That's it Callahan you just got yourself a 60 day suspension.
    3. Harry Callahan: Make it 90.
    4. Capt. McKay: 180, give me your star.
    5. Harry Callahan: There's a seven point depository captain.
    6. Capt. McKay: What did you say?
    7. Harry Callahan: I said stick it in your ass.
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