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The Enforcer (1976)

Clint Eastwood , Tyne Daly , James Fargo  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, John Mitchum
  • Directors: James Fargo
  • Writers: Dean Riesner, Gail Morgan Hickman, Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, S.W. Schurr
  • 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: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Enforcer" on IMDb

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Harry Callahan grudgingly teams with a female cop during his pursuit of a band of terrorists.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome, Tonto March 31, 2004
Format:DVD
This is the third of five "Dirty Harry" films in which Eastwood stars as a San Francisco police detective. By the time the last appeared (The Dead Pool, in 1988), Eastwood had aged and times had changed but Callahan's non-negotiaable values and unorthodox methods had remained essentially the same. What I find especially interesting in this film is the relationship which develops between Callahan and his partner Kate Moore, skillfully portrayed by Tyne Daly. Until now, Callahan has indeed been a "lone ranger," alienated (by choice or circumstance) from his superiors and fellow officers as well as from the criminals whom he pursues with deadly efficiency. Over time, Moore eventually earns Callahan's respect and trust (albeit grudgingly) as they attempt to rescue San Francisco's kidnapped mayor (John Crawford) amidst all manner of mayhem unrelated to that assignment. Credit James Fargo with keeping the narrative flowing smoothly. The supporting cast is solid, notably Bradford Dillman (Captain McKay) and Harry Guardino (Lieutenant Bressler). There is plenty of action, of course, skillfully presented. Despite its lack of much subtlety or nuance, I recommend it to those with a taste for this sort of urban adventure film. Those who enjoy it should also check out Coogan's Bluff and Bullitt (both 1968) as well as The Gauntlet (1977).
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Weakest Harry of Them All January 16, 2008
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Fans of Clint Eastwood's original "Dirty Harry" will find little to cheer about in this uninspired sequel. Despite good performances by Eastwood and co-star Tyne Daly, "The Enforcer" (1976) suffers from a poorly developed script and James Fargo's lackluster direction. The action highlights are rather sparse, with surprisingly few Clint one-liners to enliven the proceedings. Jerry Fielding's jazz-oriented score is a weak substitute for the pulsating rhythms of composer Lalo Schifrin. A definite low point in the Inspector Callahan series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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In the original "Dirty Harry," Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) went after a serial killer and in the "Magnum Force" sequel he went after vigilante cops. To balance the latter, with its liberal nightmare, the third film in the series, "The Enforcer," offers up a conservative counterpart by having the villains be long-haired hippie freaks in something called the Ecumenical Liberation Army (i.e., think about Tanya, a.k.a. Patty Hearst, and the SLA). The obvious point is that when it comes to be judge, jury, and executioner, Dirty Harry does not make distinctions, ideological or otherwise.

On the one hand the villains in "The Enforcer" are the weakest of any of the films in the series, but then the ELA is only Dirty Harry's target and not his opponent. That would be Kate Moore (Tyne Daly). The film begins with another example of how Dirty Harry has this bad habit of going after criminals on the streets of San Francisco in his own special way (hey, criminals ask for a car, Harry gives them a car), which always gets him punished by being transferred from Homicide to something less fun like the Personnel department, which is where he ends up this time, working on the promotion board.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cleaner Still July 5, 2008
Format:DVD
Third Dirty Harry picture feels more dated than the previous two with its portrait of crazed radicals as the bad guys none of whom register as believable or menacing villains. The picture feels more like a violent TV episode from the era. Like in Magnum Force, Harry is made into more of a conventional cop hero than the extreme personality from the first (and far and away best) film. The whole show here is his relationship with Tyne Daly as his partner. These scenes are the best in the movie and both actors deliver.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The dirtiest Harry of them all" June 17, 2000
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"The Enforcer" from 1976(the bicentennial year),the second sequel to "Dirty Harry",(considered by many to be one of the all time classic detective films,Richard Schickel of TIME magazine,the late great Gene Siskel,and The American Film Institute included),may be a better companion piece to the original than the second sequel, "Magnum Force",(that's open to debate.) It came out at Christmas like the others and was just as big a hit at the box office. The screenplay by the late Dean Riesner who co-wrote the original "Dirty Harry" and the late Stirling Silliphant(Academy Award winner in 1967 for the crime drama "In The Heat Of The Night" and he co-wrote the disaster flicks "The Poseidon Adventure" from 1972 and "The Towering Inferno" from 1974),has a plot similar to the original.Except this time instead of one murdering,kidnapping extortionist,Harry Callahan has to deal with seven of them. I first saw "The Enforcer" in the theatre when it was first released(in the same place I saw both "Dirty Harry" and "Magnum Force",my hometown of Arlington,Virginia),and the movie still holds up after more than 20 years.It became one of the most popular of the series.It was on both the ABC & NBC television networks and was broadcast more than a half a dozen times,a sign of a ratings winner.In fact "The Enforcer" was the inspiration for the 1980's NBC series "Hunter". Tyne Daly gives a good performance in the role of Harry's rookie partner.Back then in the mid '70's she was one of the first women detectives.This was several years before she became known as Detective Lacy in CBS's "Cagney & Lacy" back in the '80's for which she was an Emmy Award winner.In an article in TV Guide in August 2000,Ms.Daly revealed that she turned the part of "Inspector Kate Moore" down a few times. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enforcer was as good as the first two - great entertainment action...
The first three "Dirty Harry" movies ("Dirty Harry", "Magnum Force", & "The Enforcer") were the best - the rest of them I could do without. Read more
Published 23 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama
The Enforcer was released in 1976, and I saw it in the theatre. A tough cop taking on a bunch of terrorists with a female partner. Clint Eastwood fans will like it the most.
Published 3 months ago by K. Nolting
3.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
It's funny when you see some of these. The racism is so blatant and out there. It was part of the shtick at that time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clint
The Enforcer is a bit dated (i.e. is a lady cop acceptable?), but it is classic Clint. The movie also offers ample vistas of San Francisco and the Bay area. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Baron Vann
3.0 out of 5 stars For a "Dirty Harry" movie, this movie falls below expectations
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Published 4 months ago by Stephen Pletko
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I don't think any new cop movie comes close to the Harry Callahan series. Amazing.
I wouldn't carry a 357 magnum myself but the movie has great scenarios that always intrigue... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vaibhav Kodikal
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's Films are Classics
Although Eastwood, much later in his career did grow out of his two-dimensional acting style, very clipped speech couple with a locked facial expression of perpetual annoyance, his... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jtrolla
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for the extras
Many Clint Eastwood films don't have extras. I wasn't disappointed and also bought a DVD of 'Dirty Harry' with extras too
Published 5 months ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with Harry
Harry Callahan is back on the job in this third episode of the Dirty Harry movies. Tyne Daly of Cagney and Lacey does a good job as Harry's first female partner. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Kincheloe
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid Amazon "Instant Video"
I couldn't even PURCHASE the movie because the stupid 1-click-purchase feature doesn't work. Amazon needs to get there act together, now. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne Riley
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