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The Enforcer (1976)




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Movie Info

Number Three in the Dirty Harry series, this film equips macho cop Harry Callahan with a female assistant, Kate Moore. Their quarry is a terrorist organization which has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco. Eventually, Harry and Kate discover that the mayor is being held at Alcatraz Island.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Stirling Silliphant, Dean Riesner, S.W. Schurr
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
Warner Bros. Pictures


Clint Eastwood
as Harry Callahan
Tyne Daly
as Kate Moore
Harry Guardino
as Lt. Bressler
Bradford Dillman
as Capt. McKay
DeVeren Bookwalter
as Bobby Maxwell
John Mitchum
as DiGeorgia
John Crawford
as The Mayor
Robert Hoy
as Buchinski
M.G. Kelly
as Father John
Rudy Ramos
as Mendez
Joe Bellan
as Freddie the Fainter
Jan Stratton
as Mrs. Grey
Will MacMillian
as Lt. Dobbs
Robert Behling
as Autopsy Surgeon
Terry McGovern
as Disc Jockey
John Roselius
as Mayor's Driver
Brian Fong
as Scoutmaster
Fritz Manes
as Detective #1
Terry McGovern
as Disc Jockey
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Critic Reviews for The Enforcer

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2012
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

June 12, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Enforcer


Dirty Harry is back. All in all, the movie held my interest even though you know how a Dirty Harry movie will end.

Red Lats

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.

Al S

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The Enforcer Quotes

Harry Callahan: Captain if your gonna jerk all these people off don't do it with me.
Capt. McKay: That's it Callahan you just got yourself a 60 day suspension.
Harry Callahan: Make it 90.
Capt. McKay: 180, give me your star.
Harry Callahan: There's a seven point depository captain.
Capt. McKay: What did you say?
Harry Callahan: I said stick it in your ass.
– Submitted by Wesley W (2 years ago)

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