San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore, with whom he's not too excited to be working.

Director:

James Fargo

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Harry Julian Fink (characters), Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Harry Callahan
Tyne Daly ... Kate Moore
Harry Guardino ... Lt. Bressler
Bradford Dillman ... Capt. McKay
John Mitchum ... DiGeorgio
DeVeren Bookwalter ... Bobby Maxwell
John Crawford ... The Mayor
Samantha Doane Samantha Doane ... Wanda
Bob Hoy ... Buchinski (as Robert Hoy)
Jocelyn Jones ... Miki
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... Father John
Nick Pellegrino ... Martin
Albert Popwell ... Mustapha
Rudy Ramos ... Mendez
Bill Ackridge Bill Ackridge ... Andy
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Storyline

A threatening terrorist group called "The People's Revolutionary Strike Force" demand a ransom to be paid, otherwise they plan to blow the city apart. While Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is in limbo following his unorthodox method during a robbery, he's sent to dispatch the terrorist group, by playing their game. This time, he has a new partner, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), which might prove the task to be somewhat more difficult than ever, unless the two can work together.

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The "dirtiest" Harry of them all! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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The third of five movies starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. See more »

Goofs

When Harry is bracing Father John in the confessional booth, a nun approaches carrying a shotgun. Inspector Moore shoots the nun without any warning, no Freeze or Hands Up, she just kills her. See more »

Quotes

Harry Callahan: [speaking to the mayor & Capt. McKay] If you're talking about the Mustapha bust, nobody smashed anything. In fact, I made a deal with Mustapha - he was gonna help me find out who the people were!
The Mayor: [stunned] What's he talking about?
Harry Callahan: Doesn't it bother anyone that no weapons were found?
Capt McKay: We'll find them!
Harry Callahan: [to McKay] Meanwhile, the people are still out there and they're going to blow the HELL out of half this city. And meanwhile, you're telling everybody how great we are!
Capt McKay: All right, Callahan, button your lip,...
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Alternate Versions

The Network Television version that aired on ABC had alternate footage filmed for some scenes: -When Harry shoots the criminal in the crotch at the beginning, the TV version switches to an angle shot from the top of the stairs so you don't see the bullet impact -Harry says "personnel? that's for [idiots]!" instead of Assholes -During the board test before officer Moore walks in, there is an alternate shot of Buster Novy to obscure the Cop saying "do something god dammit!" -When Harry grabs the phone out of Bressler's hands, he says "I'm coming down there myself! You better have those files open..." then it cuts to an alternate angle from behind Harry slamming the phone down on the receiver, cutting his "you pencil pushing son of a bitch!" completely -Harry says "Oh no" instead of "oh shit" upon seeing he has to work with officer Moore. -Nudity during the chase when the criminal and harry fall into the bedroom is censored -There is a close up/alternate shot of one of the mayors bodyguards being shot in the head so you don't see the blood when he's shot See more »

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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »

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Tough cop Harry Callahan is called on once again and he goes after nasty terrorists
15 June 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is the third entry in Harry Callahan's popular series , the first is the classic ¨Dirty Harry ¨(1971) by Don Siegel , the second is ¨Magnum Force¨ by Ted Post . This time has a female partner ( Tyne Daly ) who is assigned when his ordinary pal ( John Mitchum ) is wounded . And they try to track down some dangerous terrorists ( Michael Cavanagh , Veren , among others ). Then the terrorists hijack the Mayor ( John Crawford ) of City San Francisco . As always , two-fisted Callahan , the tall and taciturn inspector utilizing his Magnum 44 pistol kills the baddies. Rock-hard cop Harry abuses the murderer's civil rights , however facing his superiors , a captain(Bradford Dillman) and a Lieutenant ( Harry Guardino ) . Rule-breaking Callahan strides grimly throughout San Francisco in pursuit the murderous , including an exciting final on Island-prison of Alcatraz.

Formula thriller plenty of action , crisply edition , tension, suspenseful and lots of violence . Appropriate and atmospheric musical score by Jerry Fielding . Less effective than ¨Dirty Harry¨ but still gripping and stirring . Colorful and adequate cinematography , reflecting splendidly the streets of San Francisco , habitual scenario of the series . The motion picture is professionally directed by James Fargo who also made other vehicles for Eastwod ( Every which way but loose ) and for Chuck Norris ( Forced vengeance ) . Followed by ¨Sudden impact¨ with Sandra Locke and ¨Dead pool¨ with Liam Neeson . Rating : Good, 6,5 . Well worth seeing for Clint Eastwood fans and Harry Callahan's followers . It's a cool companion to Dirty Harry classic, an amusing film with several scenes that'll have you on the edge of your seat.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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Moving Target See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,236,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,236,000
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2.39 : 1
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