San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), with whom he's not too excited to be working.
When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and his new partner, Earlington "Early" Smith (Felton Perry) have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Neil Briggs (Hal Holbrook). A man has to know his limitations.Written by
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Legendary stuntman, Dar Robinson, did several of the motorcycle stunts, as well as the stunt when "Davis" rides the motorcycle off of the aircraft carrier and into the bay at the end of the showdown between him and Callahan. See more »
When motorcycle stops behind pimp's car, he and his motorcycle are partially in shadow, yet moments later the cop and his motorcycle are in complete sunshine. Bridge shadow is also inconsistent in earlier and subsequent shots. See more »
[at end of main titles]
This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?
[fires at the audience]
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The credits are played over a hand (presumably Harry's) holding a 44 Magnum against a red background. As such, this is the only Dirty Harry movie in which the opening credits are not played over San Francisco scenery. See more »
Harry Callahan's character name becomes Harry ''Callaghan'' in the Italian version and titles because the local distributor thought it sounded better. See more »
I saw "Magnum Force" on television decades ago. Imagine my surprise when I watched it again tonight and there were a bunch of stuff that was NOT in the version I saw! Mostly, the gratuitous nudity was cut out of the movie. Now I am not one of these folks who is always against nudity in films...sometimes it has a place. But in this film, it all seems very gratuitous...and one of the MANY folks slaughtered in the pool scene (the topless lady) was a young Suzanne Somers before she became famous.
In this story, someone, or some GROUP of folks, is taking out bad folks all around the San Francisco area. Some of the murdered scum- bags are folks that avoided prosecution, some are just dirt-bags who 'need' killing. Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is the guy determined to solve this case...and his boss, the Lieutenant (Hal Holbrook) seems to want to coddle criminals and stand in Callahan's way. Who the killer(s) are...well, that you'll have to see when you see the film.
This movie is pretty much what you expect from a Dirty Harry film...lots of shooting*, mayhem, action and sex. The film certainly earns its R rating and is exciting. I still think the original film is much better but it's a worthy follow-up.
*The IMDb trivia says "This is the only film in the "Dirty Harry" series in which Harry doesn't kill any of the villains by shooting them, except the grocery store holdup men.". This is NOT the case, as Harry also shoots a guy in the skyjacking sequence...and he appears quite dead!
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