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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Cop Film
I have to admit this film is no where near as good as Dirty Harry, but it still has the elements of comedy, action and good v evil that the first film has. Clint puts in a fine performance as the gritty cop, however I feel they should have highlighted his change of heart to retrieve his badge and become a cop again.
Published on 5 Feb 2002

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That's three salty-lookin' dudes...
With a posse of maverick traffic cops dishing out vigilante justice on the streets of San Francisco, Inspector Harry Callahan, previously not adverse to the `direct' approach, is transferred back from a stakeout squad to the Homicide division, and sets about tracking down those responsible...
Magnum Force, the first sequel to Don Siegel's seminal Dirty Harry, is one...
Published on 30 Dec 2008 by Matthew Mercy


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Cop Film, 5 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Magnum Force [DVD] (DVD)
I have to admit this film is no where near as good as Dirty Harry, but it still has the elements of comedy, action and good v evil that the first film has. Clint puts in a fine performance as the gritty cop, however I feel they should have highlighted his change of heart to retrieve his badge and become a cop again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a mans got to know his limitations, 22 Jun 2008
This review is from: Magnum Force [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Magnum force is the 2nd Dirty harry movie and widely regarded as the best sequel. This is true for the most part and had the film been cut by about 20 mins this would have been much better. As it is this is the longest DH film and is padded out a bit. The first half is a bit slow but the last hour really kicks into gear. Watch out for a young David soul in the role of a vigilante cop. An interesting story given harrys maverick ways and the story overall is quite strong if not a little too long as i just said.

This comes to blu-ray in a brand new remastered print and it looks good if not amazing. I have seen most of the DH films on blu ray and they get better as they go along. This isnt as sharp as "The Enforcer" but looks better than "Dirty Harry" still this is the best the film has looked or ever likely to look given it's age.

Well worth your time and investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb second installment of Dirty Harry, 9 Feb 2008
This review is from: Magnum Force [DVD] (DVD)
This movie was a blisteringly good follow up to the original Harry Callaghan offering, slightly derrogated at the time for having a far fetched story line, but really, it doesn't look that far fetched to me now: There's been plenty of true stories in the press of in house police management of cases that virtually amount to illegal vigilantism by uniformed police officers in both the the USA and the UK in the thirty five years since this movie was made, and it's absolutely the norm in many countries still, so really this was a fantastic fictionalised warning of the dangers of police power corrupting their own law enforcing officers. It finishes as well as it starts off, and has some superb cat and mouse scenes, with fearless cop 'Dirty Harry' pursuing these rotten apples with as much purpose as he does all the other scumbag criminals in the city who put people's lives in danger. And his realisation that this canker goes far deeper than he imagined, and his subsequent determination to get the big maggot in the middle is pure Dirty Harry, and makes the movie even more enjoyable. Terrific movie entertainment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That's three salty-lookin' dudes..., 30 Dec 2008
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With a posse of maverick traffic cops dishing out vigilante justice on the streets of San Francisco, Inspector Harry Callahan, previously not adverse to the `direct' approach, is transferred back from a stakeout squad to the Homicide division, and sets about tracking down those responsible...
Magnum Force, the first sequel to Don Siegel's seminal Dirty Harry, is one of the most thematically interesting American films of the 1970s. Obviously conceived as a purely commercial proposition, designed to cash-in on the box-office success of the first film, the sequel is less a plain follow-up, and more of a deconstruction and comment on both the character of .44 Magnum-packing super-cop Harry Callahan, and the perceived `fascist' attitude of the original movie. However, this doesn't alter the unfortunate fact that as a crime thriller, the film is a curiously muddled and flabby affair.
With the original movie accused of `fascism' by many critics, Eastwood and his collaborators (most notably screenwriters John Milius and Michael Cimino) here set out to show the naysayers exactly what true vigilante justice is all about, and how the character of Harry Callahan could not be tarred with the same brush as the killers. Unfortunately, to do this, the filmmakers have had to `soften' the character of Callahan to such an extent that he is clearly not the same granite-faced, borderline psychopath of the first film. Working far more easily with his new black partner than he managed with the Mexican one the first time around, sufficiently recovered from the death of his wife to engage in casual sex with a female neighbour (an Asian one, at that), and enjoying a cosy dinner with the family of a co-worker, Callahan is a much less anti-social being, and a more recognisably `normal' cop. The various action scenes, too, show a much less ambivalent attitude towards Callahan's crime-fighting methods; whereas in the first film, his disturbingly sadistic `I know what you're thinking...' speech had more liberal viewers squirming in their seats, here he takes no such perverse pleasure in punishing wrong-doers. Of course, it doesn't help that the opening plane hi-jack sequence is a pale shadow of the bank robbery scene that kicked off the first film; it's a hopelessly contrived, semi-comic vignette that makes Callahan out to be a reckless cowboy who unhesitatingly opens fire on a villain in a plane packed with innocent civilians, and it's also unnecessary padding in a film that runs a swollen 124 minutes.
However, despite the somewhat mediocre direction by Ted Post (no Don Siegel, that's for sure) and unfocused editing (a full hour has passed before Harry even starts investigating the murders), the film is still the best of the Dirty Harry sequels by a considerable distance. Many writers have asked exactly why Callahan is back on the job after chucking his badge away at the end of the first movie, as we are given no clue; but does it matter? Nobody ever asks why Popeye Doyle is still after Charnier in French Connection II, despite the caption at the end of the first film telling us he was `transferred out of narcotics and reassigned'.
True, the plot doesn't always make a great deal of sense (if the Albert Popwell character is `just a pimp' as the Chief of Detectives says, then why did the vigilantes even bother wiping him out? Everyone else they execute are big-league organised crime figures), but it's a decent 1970s cop thriller; with a more focused director than Post, it could have equalled the original. And is that an unbilled James Woods as the getaway driver in the convenience store hold-up scene?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry, he is still the law., 17 Jan 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Magnum Force [DVD] (DVD)
Magnum Force is directed by Ted Post and collectively written by Harry and Rita Fink, John Milius and Michael Cimino. It stars Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Felton Perry, Tim Matheson and Robert Urich. Music is by Lalo Schifrin and cinematography by Frank Stanley.

The second Dirty Harry movie finds Inspector Callahan on the trail of a vigilante group who are offing Frisco's villains.

Following in the wake of Dirty Harry was never going to be easy, Don Siegel's film was very much a trail blazer of sorts, giving the movie lovers of the world a different cop than that which was accustomed. So what to do with Magnum Force then, the inevitable sequel given Dirty Harry's popularity? The makers come up with a great idea, have Harry confront a group of vigilantes who believe in his own kill crime ethics, only they take it to the extreme.

So begins a trail of blood for Harry to follow which leads him right where we the viewers pretty much knew he was going to end up. Post is no Siegel, and although the action and all round testosterone feel that so marked out the Dirty Harry films is exciting and evident respectively, there's periods where the film meanders. The instances that serve to add more complexity to Harry's make-up is welcome, but aside from a jumping bean turn from Holbrook, the director can't get much out of the rest of the cast, as shame since there's a lot of up and coming talent and stalwarts in the mix.

Still, even with its evident problems it's a lively and entertaining sequel, one that doesn't shy away from pushing some buttons and baiting of critics who had disdain for the first film. The ending is a disappointment, though, but the journey is ultimately meaty and macho. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big suits,cars and guns., 27 July 2013
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A great follow up to Dirty Harry - Special Edition [DVD].
Cleverly the plot of this stylish detective thriller is about a group of maverick cops dispensing capital punishment to serious criminals who have escaped the courts; a perfect organisation for Harry Callahan to join or even head?
No! He realises the short-comings of the group (perhaps even of himself?) and stands alone against them.
Thats the idea of the film and it is simply executed by director Ted Post.Great chase scenes,well handled gunfights and very good early roles for David Soul and Robert Urich to launch their tv careers. Clint Eastwood is magnificent in the title role as usual and will continue the successful series for several years.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equal Sequel, 30 May 2010
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This review is from: Magnum Force [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
It's nice to see a sequel that matches it's predecessor.Harrys back made a little mellower than before probably a studio attempt to quell the accusations unjustly levelled at the first movie.Here someone is removing criminals the courts can't
You think this would please Harry but now he sees it as vigilantism rather than justice.This is a great movie more now with the new hd print good clarity good sound and some decent extras including an excellent commentary by John Milius make this disc a must have
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry faces his creation..., 3 Jun 2008
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J. H. Bateman "jembateman" (Lancaster, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Magnum Force [DVD] (DVD)
With 'Dirty Harry', filmgoers applauded Harry for bumping off known villains 'without playing by the rules', as they say. This has become a central idea behind many cop films since, with right-wing populists supporting this stance.
'Magnum Force' turns the concept around. Known villains who escape the law are again being murdered, but Harry's not involved and is mystified and disturbed by what's going on. Eastwood rivettingly conveys Harry's realisation that he's unwittingly inspired a team of motorbike traffic cops to go round committing the murders. And the moral ambiguity goes, to coin a phrase, all the way up to the top.
I don't think it's clear whether Harry objects to the murders (morally the same as what he was doing in the previous film) or the question of whether the killers risk killing the innocent alongside the guilty. Either way, the action and reflection combine to set a very effective pace in a gem of '70s paranoia.
Oh, and the motorbike chase aboard an aircraft carrier's quite fun as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid action movie, 7 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Magnum Force [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I have just watched this movie. I loved the story and the action was brilliant. Well written and well directed. The action scenes were brilliant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When The Police Need To Police Themselves, 10 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Magnum Force [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Clint Eastwood is back once again, as "Dirty" Harry Callaghan, an uncompromising cop with a Magnum .45. This is considered the best sequel of the series, as Harry has to battle a new force of crime, an underground vigilante group of cops, doing the dirty jobs the courts don't want to do, and ultimately executing them. Everyone from pimps, pushers, murders and robbers are under the bright light of the vigilante cops - and even though Harry doesn't like the system, he doesn't like this either.

This is a very good reprint of Magnum Force, the dark scenes in the ship are much clearer, and actually give you new scope to the film, also I've noticed a lot more background details, something that can't be bad. The audio is amazing too, master HD digital, 5.1, sounds really good on a 5.1 system, as well as the 2.1 system I have. The crisp clear sound, and the AVC video averaging at around 30mbit/sec are just sublime and make Harry look better than he did in the cinemas. You also get language tracks in French, Spanish and Italian, plus the inclusion of director commentary - which is all very good.

Extras come in the form of a 30 minute look at politics in Dirty Harry, which includes all the stars from the films, including Hal Holbrook, also known as Briggs, and Scorpio (Andrew Robinson) - so it's a pretty good round up of the series. You also get the original 1973 feature about Magnum Force, which lasts around 8 minutes. For those who love trailers there's all 5 here too.

This is a good blu-ray in my opinion, but I've been expecting a good re-encode of Dirty Harry, and have to say I'm smitten with all 5 blu ray discs, and recommend them to Dirty Harry fans, as they really show why Dirty Harry was a great series of films - entertaining and have a serious point at the same time. In my opinion this is better than the DVD - but that's mainly because of the quality of the whole experience on blu-ray disk.

Get this if you love Dirty Harry films.
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