Magnum Force

  • 18
  • Ted Post (1973)
  • US
  • 117 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan's shoot-first-ask-questions-later modus operandi comes back to haunt him in this watchable first sequel to the seminal 1971 thriller. As usual, Clint Eastwood's San Francisco cop is meting out justice in his own inimitable fashion - trusty .44 Magnum in hand - and railing at his milksop superiors, until the execution of assorted bad guys puts Harry's no-nonsense methods, and indeed Harry himself, in the spotlight. Eastwood oozes laconic cool and confirms his superstar status, even if the storyline here is more brutally violent and fails to explore the moral complexity of the original - Ted Post is no Don Siegel when it comes to direction. Nevertheless, the climactic chase and showdown on board a deserted aircraft carrier is gripping, and it's intriguing to see future TV stars like David Soul (Starsky and Hutch) and Robert Urich (Spenser for Hire) cut their teeth playing rookie motorcycle cops.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood as San Francisco cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan. Prominent local criminals are being targeted in a series of killings where the weapon is always the same: a .357 Magnum. As the investigation gets under way, Callahan and his boss have conflicting ideas about who is responsible.

Cast and crew

Cast

Harry Callahan
Clint Eastwood
Lieutenant Briggs
Hal Holbrook
Early Smith
Felton Perry
Charlie McCoy
Mitchell Ryan
Davis
David Soul
Sweet
Tim Matheson
Grimes
Robert Urich
Astrachan
Kip Niven
Carol McCoy
Christine White
Sunny
Adele Yoshioka
Sidney
Albert Popwell
Palancio
Tony Giorgio
Ricca
Richard Devon
Call girl
Margaret Avery (2)
Walter
Jack Kosslyn
Guzman
Clifford A Pellow
DiGiorgio
John Mitchum

Crew

Director
Ted Post

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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