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Enforcer, The: Deluxe Edition (DVD)
Released in 1976, The Enforcer marks the third installment in the Dirty Harry franchise. The film’s plot has Inspector Callahan (Eastwood) paired with a new partner, policewoman, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), as they hunt for a group of terrorists that are blackmailing the city of San Francisco for two million dollars. Callahan, none-too- pleased by being teamed up with a woman, must put his job first and the two attempt to shut down the terrorists. Moore, however, proves herself after she and Callahan pursue the terrorists to their hideout in the prison of Alcatraz. Special Features • New Commentary by director James Fargo Director Fargo takes an entertaining look at the film that launched his career as a director, including the day Clint Eastwood nonchalantly let him know he had the job. • New Featurette The Business End: Violence in Cinema An unflinching look at the ongoing debate on violence in cinema. • Featurette Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special in Films • Trailer Gallery]]>
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The picture was directed by James Fargo,who had been an Assistant Director on Clint Eastwood's previous film "The Outlaw Josey Wales" that was released just six months earlier.He also had been Assistant Director on some other Eastwood films and two of then unknown Steven Spielbergs' earliest films,"The Sugarland Express" and "Duel".And, he was Production Manager on "Jaws"."The Enforcer" was James Fargo's first film as Director.The picture has fine cinematography and makes good use of the San Francisco locations. I missed composer Lalo Schifrin's jazz-rock fusion music.He was unavailable at the time.The late Jerry Fielding's jazz score is good though.Mr.Fielding had been nominated for an "Oscar" for Best Original Score for "The Outlaw Josey Wales".Even though there were seven villians this time,led by a psychopathic Vietnam vet named Bobby Maxwell,an underground terrorist group who called themselves "The People's Revolutionary Strike Force",(probably inspired by The Symbianese Liberation Army),I didn't build up nearly as much disgust for them as I did for that creep "Scorpio" in "Dirty Harry". The famous film critic,Gene Siskel called "Scorpio", "one of the most contemptable louses in movie history".I couldn't agree more.That was Andy Robinson who played "Scorpio" in his very impressive movie debut.
Some more trivia for you,James Fargo went on to direct "Every Which Way But Loose" two years later in 1978,which was Clint Eastwood's biggest box-office hit,adjusted for inflation.Not adjusted,it's "Gran Torino".The late actor John Mitchum who played Detective Frank "Fatso" DiGeorgio,Harry's occasional partner in all three pictures,is the brother of the late Robert Mitchum.He was a year younger.
The late Albert Popwell,who played the bank robber in the famous scene in "Dirty Harry" when Harry asks him if he feels lucky and he 's replies "'I gots to know" and a pimp who drives a pink Cadillac in "Magnum Force" plays the head of a black militant group,( probably modeled after The Black Panthers), in this one."The Enforcer" was meant to be the final film of a trilogy.Like "The Man With No Name" trilogy"."A Fistful of Dollars","For A Few Dollars More" and "The Good,The Bad and The Ugly" back in the mid '60's,which made Clint Eastwood a movie star.There have been many movie trilogies since.The "Star Wars" trilogy,the "Batman" trilogy,the "Back to the Future" trilogy to name a few.
"The Enforcer" was the biggest money maker at the box-office of all the Dirty Harry flicks.The film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel who belonged to The American Film Institute and had a movie review program for over 20 years,first on PBS,then for The Walt Disney Company once did a special about the Dirty Harry movies.They both were Eastwood fans and Ebert said "That cop movies were a dime a dozen and cop T.V. shows were a dime for six dozen and the Dirty Harry movies were the most successful cop movies ever made.""And Clint Eastwood was one of the most popular movie stars in the world."(John Wayne,Paul Newman,Robert Redford,Steve McQueen and Burt Reynolds were also on that list.)That was back when N.A.T.O.,(The National Association of Theater Owners),kept track of the top box office attractions.Those days have long been over,there seems to be no more big box-office stars any more.That special was more than 30 years ago and "Beverly Hills Cop" with Eddie Murphy,"Lethal Weapon","Die Hard" and "Robocop" have since come along and made more money,However, none of them were any better and "Dirty Harry" was the first and the inspiration for all of those movies.I've had the Dirty Harry flicks in my collection since the '80's,first on Beta,then VHS and now on DVD and they look and sound better than ever.