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Magnum Force (1973)

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San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is on the trail of vigilante Police Officers who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Harry Julian Fink (original material), Rita M. Fink (original material) (as R.M. Fink) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Harry Calahan
Hal Holbrook ... Lt. Briggs
Mitchell Ryan ... McCoy
David Soul ... Davis
Tim Matheson ... Sweet
Kip Niven ... Astrachan
Robert Urich ... Grimes
Felton Perry ... Early Smith
Maurice Argent Maurice Argent ... Nat Weinstein
Margaret Avery ... Prostitute
Richard Devon ... Ricca
Tony Giorgio ... Palancio
Jack Kosslyn ... Walter
Bob March Bob March ... Estabrook
Bob McClurg Bob McClurg ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and his new partner, Earlington "Early" Smith (Felton Perry) have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Neil Briggs (Hal Holbrook). A man has to know his limitations. Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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Inspector Harry Callahan...#1 on the list of the nation's endangered species! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

David Soul's performance as Officer John Davis, one of the vigilante cops, led to his being cast as Detective Ken Hutchinson in the classic cop series Starsky and Hutch (1975). See more »

Goofs

When Davis is assassinating Guzman and his associates, he fires 6 shots during the hit and never reloads. He then shoots McCoy twice in the parking garage. In reality McCoy would have been able to draw his gun and shoot Davis or capture him since Davis' gun would have been empty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry Callahan: [at end of main titles] This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?
[fires at the audience]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are played over a hand (presumably Harry's) holding a 44 Magnum against a red background. As such, this is the only Dirty Harry movie in which the opening credits are not played over San Francisco scenery. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits made to throat punches and shots of the twitching bodies of Ricca and the pimp, and the killing of the prostitute in the taxi was also heavily shortened. The cuts were fully waived in 1986. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Urban Legend (1998) See more »

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A sequel with a new story...
22 July 2005 | by MonteCarloManSee all my reviews

This sequel to the entertaining "Dirty Harry" stands with few peers when it comes to successful follow-ups. Most don't stand on their own feet but Magnum Force does solidly. Changing the plot but not the style is good formula in movies, rather than playing out what was already done in the original, which is why so many sequels fail. "Magnum Force" is my second favorite film by Eastwood after "High Plains Drifter". Harry still likes to do things his way although rather than focusing his energy on the bad guys, he's focused on some crooked cops in his own department! Follows in the original's footsteps with lots of great views of San Francisco (My Birthplace!) I always feel at home when watching this movie. This is another film that is played a lot on TV because its so good on it's own. Felton Perry does a good job as Harry's partner, comparable to Reni Santoni in the original. Didn't like any of the sequels that followed this movie with the exception of Sudden Impact. Magnum Force is a film that rates highly as watchable again & again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vigilance See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$39,768,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,768,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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