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Magnum Force (1973)

Clint Eastwood , Hal Holbrook , Ted Post  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitch Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson
  • Directors: Ted Post
  • Writers: Harry Julian Fink, John Milius, Michael Cimino, Rita M. Fink
  • Producers: Robert Daley
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTNN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magnum Force" on IMDb

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When a mysterious wave of killings sweeps the Mafia underworld, it's Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan who answers with Magnum Force. Despite a demotion by Lt. Neil Briggs for his questionable methods, Harry will stop at nothing to find the killers.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Dirty Harry Sequel May 24, 2004
Okay... before I begin, I must tell you I am a bit prejudice. I actually saw a scene from this movie being filmed. I lived in San Francisco and in 1973 was walking up the hill to Lafayette Park as they shot some scenes in a high rise apartment building.
I was fascinated as they shot the scene over and over to get the "tension" just right.
Now it is on DVD 30 years later. It has never looked better. Color corrected true wide screen picture, and a soundtrack that is crystal clear.
2 of the vigilante officers are played to perfection by "pre-Starsky" David Soul and, in his first role, the late Robert Urich. The scene in the darkened garage is still powerful in it's quiet threatening tone. It is SO CLEAR the cops enjoy wearing their elegant uniforms and tall boots, leather creaking and chrome gleaming in the dark... an awesome and memorable moment when those who are sent to protect and defend, go over the edge so confidently, quietly and in their minds, logically. It is still very frightening.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but it won't quite blow your head clean off. December 5, 2001
Magnum Force (1973) the first of four Dirty Harry sequels is a film, action movie/ Eastwood junkies will appreciate a great deal. It softens Dirty Harry's character however and actually makes more political type statements regarding how criminals often have more rights in the legal system than crime victims do --than the original Dirty Harry ever did. It makes sure the audience understands that Dirty Harry Callahan is a rogue lone wolf cop who breaks rules but he is not a vigilante who takes the law completely into his own hands. He's a hero and his flaws say the movie are completely acceptable.
In Magnum Force, Harry is back on the force and fighting with a new superior who he makes very nervous. Harry discovers that a team of police officers have turned into a small hit squad and they are knocking off pimps, drug dealers and assorted criminals whenever possible. They figure Harry would approve of what they are doing and even join them. When Harry has a problem with what they are doing... they have a problem with Harry. Get the picture?
There's a lot more dialogue concerning weapons and the former most powerful handgun in the world the 44 magnum. The script is partially written by John Millius and Michael Cimino and you can tell. Ted Post directed and he doesn't bring the style or skill that Siegel brought to the first one, but he keeps things moving at a brisk efficient pace. Hal Holbrook was excited to be part of the film because he knew lots of people would go see it. David Soul and Robert Uhrick also make early career appearances here. It's not a great genre film but it mostly holds up pretty well and is entertaining. Look fast for Suzanne Somers during the pool party scene.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate 70's Cop Movie! August 24, 1999
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Face it, the original "Dirty Harry" was a better film, but this movie moves like no other! It has a gunfire and bodycount ratio that almost makes it an honorary Hong Kong Action Flick. Black-jacketed, renegade Motorcops are blowing away gangsters, while Harry Callahan is stuck on stake-out duty popping would be robbers with his mighty .44. Finally they meet in a clash to the death.Great action and direction, and a long list of stars to be (the Motorcops from Hell include David Soul, Robert Urich and Tim Matheson).And remember, "A good man has got to know his limitations."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well not really. As a matter of fact, Dirty Harry doesn't even use his magnum to dispense the rogue cops. Davis (David Soul) is drown-fu'd, Grimes (Robert Urich) is car-fu'd, Astrachan (Kip Niven) is chop-fu'd and Lt. Briggs (Hal Holbrook) is bomb-fu'd by Harry. Sweet (Tim Matheson) is shotgun-fu'd in an ambush by the bad guys while serving a "Warrant"

The really good parts were the shooting range introductions of Dirty Harry to all the rogue cops (minus Rogue Boss - Briggs). Where Harry tells the traffic cops he uses "light specials" - meaning .44 Special ammunition; which I don't believe, due to the recoil of the gun. He's using full-power magnums, alright. Officer Sweet (Tim Matheson) gets to shoot Harry's big gun. "It was just a little heavy, I missed one" says Sweet.

Also, the combat pistol-shooting championships pit the Colt blue steel 4-inch .357 magnum 125gr JHP's and HKS speedloaders of David Soul vs. The Smith and Wesson blue steel 6-inch Model 29 .44 magnum using 180gr or 210gr jhp's and Safariland speedloaders of Clint Eastwood. Yarrrrrs, mateys! Those were the days when "real men" fired full-power magnum loads, not your pip-sqeak 9mm's in later movies.

Robert Urich in his pre - "S.W.A.T.", "VEGAS" and "Spenser For Hire" days. Tim Matheson in his pre - "Animal House" days. David Soul in his pre - "Starsky and Hutch" days (although he did end up using a Colt Python 6-inch .357 magnum on that show). Kip Niven in his pre - Jacklyn Smith days. And Hal Holbrook in his pre - Dixie Carter "Southern Comfort" days.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HARRY MEETS HUTCH May 29, 2005
The se ond entry in the Dirty Harry series finds Clint Eastwood up against a vigilante force of cops out to rid the world of nasty criminals who have escaped the justice system. What is unique about this particular entry is the casting of several up and coming actors who would go on to their own starring roles in years to come: David Soul, Robert Urich and Tim Matheson for starters. They are some of the rookie motorcycle cops involved in the force. Hal Holbrook is an appropriately smarmy boss for Harry and Harry staple Albert Popwell is back as a particularly nasty pimp with a penchant for Drano. Even with all its implausibilities, MAGNUM FORCE is a worthy entry in the Harry series and should please fans of vigilante justice as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vigilante traffic cops who use Magnums to kill

This is the second movie in the "Dirty Harry" series and it does not disappoint.

This time major thugs are being killed and it seems like "somebody is... Read more
Published 25 minutes ago by Stephen Pletko
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the better Dirty Harry Films
I bought this because it had extras and many Clint Eastwood movies don't have them. I wasn't disappointed! A must have
Published 28 days ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Callahan: "Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right...
In MAGNUM FORCE (1973) Clint Eastwood's Inspector Harry Callahan of the SFPD ironically finds himself in opposition to four rogue motorcycle cops. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Van Auken
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love Dirty Harry?
What is not to love about these movies? Clint Eastwood, big guns, bad guys, and catch phrases. Classic 70's cop movie. Awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie and came in perfect condition. It even came with the outer covering with the big bullet hole in it.
Published 1 month ago by Carson Savage
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Does it Again!
Inspector Harry Callahan is back to brandish his version of justice in Magnum Force. In a change of venue from the streets of San Francisco trouble finds Harry when he follows a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather Molloy
4.0 out of 5 stars Clint (Inspector Callahan) Does it Again! (and again and again)
'Magnum Force,' as you would expect, features Inspector Callahan's repeated daring deeds, while repelling most advances from admiring females and dealing with an obnoxious SFPD... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
4.0 out of 5 stars verg good movie, god quality, bad case
This is one of my favorite Eastwood vehicles. Disc is good quality, but the case had some small debts and holes on it. Minor quibble, but I'm usually picky about DVDs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Atiq Rahman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Clint Eastwood movie added to our collection!
We are a big Clint Eastwood fan! Lots of action, some humor, but not recommended for the younger viewer, in my opinion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Evelyn Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Clint
Epic Clint Eastwood. The best Dirty Harry movie in the series in my opinion. Don't think about it buy it.
Published 5 months ago by JayM
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