Magnum Force


Magnum Force

Critics Consensus

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



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In this film, notorious area criminals are being killed by vigilantes. Detective Dirty Harry Callahan discovers that the killings have been committed by a .357 Magnum and suspects that his partner is responsible. But the conspiracy is less transparent than that, as Harry learns almost at the cost of his life.


Clint Eastwood
as Harry Callahan
Hal Holbrook
as Lt. Neil Briggs
Mitchell Ryan
as Officer Charlie McCoy
David Soul
as Officer John Davis
Felton Perry
as Early Smith
Kip Niven
as Astrachan
Christine White
as Carol McCoy
Bob McClurg
as Cab Driver
John Mitchum
as DiGorgio
Margaret Avery
as Call Girl
Suzanne Somers
as Pool Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Argent
as Nat Weinstein
Tony Giorgio
as Frank Palancio
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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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