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The Enforcer

4.0 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

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

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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:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2004
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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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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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This is a real routine entry in the franchise. Clint seems to be sleepwalking his way through this one. Probably exhausted himself after starring and directing "The Outlaw Josey Wales" the same year. The flick lacks the urgency of the original "Dirty Harry" or the sylishness of "Magnum Force". This is not to say it's a bad flick. It's an average one that reasonably holds your attention. It just feels rushed and almost a cynical attempt to cash in on the success of the previous entries in the series. A disappointment when you consider the calibre of Eastwood's previous and subsequent work behind and in front of the camera.
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I like THE ENFORCER as a follow-up to the original DIRTY HARRY. Harry is not after a single suspect, but now a terrorist group in San Francisco demanding a ransom. Looking back at MAGNUM FORCE there is an attempt to justify the true nature and motivations of Harry Callahan. THE ENFORCER's straight forward approach in many scenes, primarily those scenes dealing with the terrorist group, is more satisfying and more believable in that respect, but not as entertaining. THE ENFORCER does not beat around the bush and there is a true sense of realism throughout the scenes dealing with the terrorists. However, THE ENFORCER is the first Dirty Harry film that shows signs of self parody. THE ENFORCER is several years beyond the effect of the 60s and cynicism seems to have taken hold and returned to all aspects of society. Now Harry is taking on the Women's liberation movement and in these scenes you do not get a sense of real conviction on Harry's part. Harry is no longer taking on the system in the larger scheme of things and the script now seems to have him nitpicking almost strictly for chuckles. He tries to tear apart detective candidate Tyne Daly and she eventually ends up being his partner. The film tries to balance 2 storylines in a way. We now have terrorists and Harry's having to break in a female partner and he is at odds with the higher ups on both fronts. Jerry Fielding's score seems to handle this pretty well. Eastwood's Harry seems a bit older, a bit wiser here and perhaps showing signs that you just can't beat the system. At the time of its release the Women's liberation movement was starting to shows signs of coming to some fruition, but one gets the feeling that the film itself was not convinced. In the end, Harry just gets the job done without all the bureaucratic nonsense.
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- DiGiorgio to Callahan as Dirty Harry is about to walk into a hostage situation: "What about me? I'm your partner."
- Callahan: "I may have to move fast, and I don't need too much linguini to hold me back."
- DiGiorgio: "You got a lot of class, Harry."

1976's The Enforcer is, chronologically, the third of five in the Dirty Harry series, and maybe it's my favorite of the bunch. It's as violent as its predecessors, and Eastwood is as laconic and as insubordinate and engages in several cool action sequences. The decider for me was the inclusion of Tyne Daly whose character ends up the perfect foil to our iconoclastic SFPD Homicide Inspector. The Enforcer was intended to be the capper to what was originally supposed to be a trilogy, except these movies kept on making money and Dirty Harry kept on being just too damn popular .

Callahan's at it again, as the movie opens. He and his partner, Frank DiGiorgio (John Mitchum), spend the morning first responding to a restaurant emergency - in which Harry cures a heart attack victim in his own inimitable way - and then to an all units call to a liquor store hold-up. Harry's excessive methods resolve the incident but result in injured hostages and $14,379 in property damage, rendering his superiors incredibly pissed. So, for saving the day, Harry's taken off Homicide (again!) and transferred to Personnel. (Harry's rebuttal: "Personnel? That's for a--holes!")

We find out that Callahan isn't a fan of affirmative action, not when it imperils badges on the streets. As part of the interview board to promote candidates to Inspector, he rips into a nervous Kate Moore (Daly) who's been on the force for nine years, yeah, but in the Personnel & Records Dept.
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