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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a mans got to know his limitations
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...
Published on 22 Jun. 2008 by Mr. Russell C. Witheyman

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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 from a stakeout squad back to the Homicide division, and sets about tracking down those responsible...
Obviously conceived as a purely commercial proposition, designed to...
Published on 30 Dec. 2008 by Matthew Mercy


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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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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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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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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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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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Matthew Mercy (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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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 from a stakeout squad back to the Homicide division, and sets about tracking down those responsible...
Obviously conceived as a purely commercial proposition, designed to capitalise on the box-office success of the original Dirty Harry (1971), the first sequel to Don Siegel's seminal crime flick, 1973's Magnum Force, 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 an action 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 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 movie; 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry Emerges Again!, 7 Aug. 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Magnum Force [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Clint Eastwood takes on the role of Harry Callahan again effortlessly and slips you straight back into the violent, grim world of crime and corruption on the streets of San Francisco. Not hitting the simplicity and cat-and-mouse formula that made the original so popular with it's rousing score and iconic script, 'Magnum Force' still delivers all you'd expect from an Eastwood film. He evokes that dry professionalism as Callahan, and shows that he's not simply a cop who talks tough and shoots the bad guys, he's far more than that with humane emotions and comes across less of a "loose canon" this time, and appears to be easing into the role even more and enjoying it.

It's a great story, with the lines between good and bad blurred, and the identity of the death squad a mystery until the third chapter which keeps you guessing at which way it will go. There are brutal moments that solidify the realistic and shocking plot for audiences, with nothing glamorised for Hollywood. The shoot-outs are well staged, the action is hard-hitting and all brought to life by very dark and moody cinematography.

Lalo Schifrin provides a soulful 70s soundtrack that makes 'Magnum Force' feel right at home in the early 1970s where it is set. It's not a game changer, but it's solid entertainment that is just as powerful as the Magnum Colt used so heavily throughout this crime story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars still dirty, 3 Mar. 2012
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eastwood puts in another good performance as harry this time he goes after a group of rogue cops who decide to deal out their own justice.this is not even close to the first film and is my least favourite even though there are some good actors in it.its still entertaining but not even close to the class of the original.
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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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robert stirling (tarn,s.w.france) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Equal Sequel, 30 May 2010
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George Henderson "GMH" (SLIGO ROI) - See all my reviews
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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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