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Magnum Force ups the ante for the Dirty Harry franchise with faster action and thrilling stuntwork. Read critic reviews

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Rogue San Francisco cop "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Clint Eastwood) doesn't believe in blind obedience to the rules, but when a vigilante group starts executing criminals who have escaped punishment on technicalities, that's going too far. Against the orders of his commanding officer, Lt. Briggs (Hal Holbrook), Callahan begins investigating his hunch that another policeman is behind the killings -- with his primary suspect being his tightly wound ex-partner, Charlie McCoy (Mitchell Ryan).

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Clint Eastwood
Insp. "Dirty" Harry Callahan
Hal Holbrook
Lt. Neil Briggs
David Soul
Officer John Davis
Mitch Ryan
Officer Charlie McCoy
Felton Perry
Insp. Early Smith
Robert Urich
Officer Mike Grimes
Kip Niven
Officer Red Astrachan
Tim Matheson
Officer Phil Sweet
Ted Post
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John Milius
Screenwriter
Michael Cimino
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  • Dec 02, 2012
    A tough, hard-core and explosive action-thriller that gets the job done. It`s sharply written and well-constructed action film that has lots of flavor. Clint Eastwood is in top form as Dirty Harry, showing that truly no cop series can stand next to his classic character or these films.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2012
    Eastwood's second outing as Dirty Harry is a worthy sequel to the original. Harry is now inspecting criminal murders said to be commited by policemen on bikes, but are they really policemen? and whats the plot with the court, and release of a drug lord? Everything that made the first one great is put to a good different use here. Scripted by future filmakers John Milius and Michael Cimino, theres plenty of great action and chases. Although throgh many of Harry's method's to get the job right he always puts others at risk, meaning he can only rely on himself, repeat throughout the entire series. If the first film was a wow factor than this will fill your hunger for more, "A Man's Gotta Gnow His Limitations".
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2011
    This is a solid, action packed and violent (with the series's highest body count at 30) sequel to perennial 70s classic crime caper Dirty Harry. This time out, Harry goes up against a death squad of vigilantes, who, as it turns out, are cops that have a sense of justice more brutal and absolute than Harry's. It's an interesting twist, mostly since the first film often gets labeled as fascist for how it shows Harry as pretty ruthless when it comes to carrying out the law. That even he gets sickened by the tactics of the vigilantes here is wonderfully ironic, and makes for a great set up as far as a plot goes. The film isn't quite as good as the first, but it's still really well done, entertaining, and even a tad thought provoking. The concept could have been handled perhaps a little better and stronger, but at least screenwriters (and future directors) Michael Cimino and John Milius try and put some effort into things. Ted Post is in the director's chair, and he brings a great amount of action with some quieter moments. Lalo Schifrin returns to do the music, and of course, Eastwood shines in one of his signature roles. His supporting cast includes Hal Holbrook, and he does a splendid job of going toe to toe with Clint, and the rest of the cast are okay too. The film does have some plot holes, and kinda really seems like a strung together series of vignettes at times, but even then it's a rousing caper featuring one of the coolest characters ever.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2011
    Harry Callahan, who's already pissed off at " the system" now has to deal with a band of vigilante cops who are even more pissed off at the same system. In this movie Harry is crossing lines with someone of his own kind, and we come to understand that he's much more than a gun toting maniac and knows where to draw his boundaries. In his own words, "A man's got to know his limitations"..
    Sajin P Super Reviewer

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