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Dirty Harry, Drama - Police

Dirty Harry 2: Magnum Force (1973)

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Harry Callahan and his partner are nominally on stake-out duty due to the perception by his boss that he is a maverick, but when villains begin to be gunned down he is recalled and given the job of arresting a mobster who might possibly be carrying out the hits. Things do not go according to plan and Harry begins to suspect that there is a vigilante group within the police force carrying out the hits.


There are a number of set pieces in which Harry Callahan prevents robberies and on one case foils an aircraft hijack. Criminals and their associates and hangers-on are terminated by unidentified policemen. There is tension as the hero begins to track down the killers, and as a result his life and that of his partner are at risk. He is hit on by a couple of women, and in one case goes to bed with her. Hence a bit of implied sex, some nudity and quite a lot of violence with all sorts of firearms.

A View This is a pretty straightforward thriller which has been well liked by the general public although I found the indiscriminate killing of the villain’s hangers-on to be a bit disturbing. If you are a Dirty Harry fan you will not be disappointed, but if you come to the franchise anew watch the first film first.
Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) X
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Ted Post
Writers/Script John Milius, Michael Cimino (story John Milius, original material Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink)
Starring Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Davil Soul, Tim Matheson, Robert Urich, John Mitchum,
Additional Info The woman with whom Harry has sex is Japanese, apparently in response to the number of letters Clint Eastwood was receiving from Asian ladies.

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