Magnum Force (1973)




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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.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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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
Robert Urich
as Grimes
Kip Niven
as Astrachan
Christine White
as Carol McCoy
Jack Kosslyn
as Walter
Bob McClurg
as Cab Driver
Margaret Avery
as Call Girl
John Mitchum
as DiGorgio
Suzanne Somers
as Pool Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Argent
as Nat Weinstein
Tony Giorgio
as Frank Palancio
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All Critics (21)

'70s cop sequel has lots of violence, sex, profanity.

Full Review… | August 30, 2016
Common Sense Media

But who polices the police?

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

An enthralling thriller which resounds like the boom of the Magnum force

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Dirty Harry feels like a lucky punk once again.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Engrossing follow-up to Dirty Harry

December 4, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

one of the best in the Dirty Harry series. a tough drama with Eastwood at top form.

August 20, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Magnum Force

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
Al S

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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 Weber
Chris Weber

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Not even close to the amazing achievement of the first film. While it is pretty cool to watch Dirty Harry fight Hutch, I was really underwhelmed.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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