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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.
It seemed the producer and writer had in mind to answer the critics who called Harry Callahan a fascist and a vigilante.Clint Eastwood said in an interview in 1997 that the claim that Harry was a fascist was "just nonsense"."Harry was just very concerned about the rights of the victim.What's the matter with that?" The late Gene Siskel also disagreed with those critics. He said,"If Harry were to encounter Hitler or Mussolini,he would have popped them to". The critic Roger Ebert called Harry,"extremely fair,he'll shoot anybody". "Magnum Force" is well paced and it does get intense.It has some good action sequences and a good chase scene.But,like I mentioned before the plot is a bit hokey and it's a little too violent at times.This is not a movie for the kiddies. The cinematography isn't nearly as good as in the original.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This time around Callahan fears his traffic cop friend, dstraught over an unhappy private life, is the vigilante killer. He's reluctant to tell anyone of his suspicion, but after Harry's pal is murdered by one of the rookies, any reticence to stop whoever's killing bad guys vanishes.
Harry's boss (Hal Holbrook) actually considered asking him to join his little death squad but that ended once our hero begins hunting the traffic cops he rightly concludes are the vigilantes.
Holbrook makes a fine villian in this thriller that gave us yet another classic Eastwood-ism,
"A man's GOT to know his limitations."
The terrific supporting cast includes David Soul, Tim Matheson, Robert Urich and John Mitchum (Bob's younger brother). Among the uncrediteds are Carl Weathers (aka ROCKY's Apollo Creed), lost in a crowd of demonstrators, and Suzanne Somers, whose topless bikini cameo is labeled "Pool Girl" at IMDb. (She dies, BTW.)
NOTE: Albert Popwell, the wounded bank robber who in DIRTY HARRY says to Callahan,
"I gots to know" is also in MAGNUM FORCE the pimp that forces DRANO down his girl's throat.
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best documentaryever brief concisefactual congrats Clint nowasted timePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
In 1973, MAGNUM FORCE sequeled up DIRTY HARRY, made a franchise out of it, brought back San Francisco's pistol-packing panacea to urban decay. Read morePublished 28 days ago by H. Bala
It's Dirty Harry... He's surly and shoots stuff, what's not to like?Published 1 month ago by BigWid
Clint Eastwood is excellent. The plot keeps you interested. If you like Dirty Harry, you'll love Magnum Force.Published 1 month ago by Janet