Magnum Force (1973)

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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

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23 July 2002 | Bogey Man
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| First sequel to the classic
Ted Post directed and John Milius and Michael Cimino wrote this first sequel to Don Siegel's classic gritty police drama, Dirty Harry (1971). Magnum Force (1973) is not as near as effective or powerful as the first and original film, but this sequel is watchable and has its merits, too. Harry is now investigating strange killings of criminals, pimps, dirty politicians and others, so the killer is killing "bad guys" this time. Harry starts to investigate the cases, and he has his doubts about all this. Then the truth is revealed and also, unfortunately, spoilt in most of the reviews and comments I've read.

Harry has again his usual opponents, mostly his colleagues and superiors who don't accept his tough style. Harry wants to do justice, but by using his own ways and moral. If talking doesn't help, then the magnum .44 will. I don't think this or the first film are fascist, but realistic and honest, and extremely bleak depictions of world and society which is more or less collapsing because of its inhabitants. This film manages still to tell something about that, but the next sequel, The Enforcer, is pretty lame in comparison.

Magnum Force has pretty fat plot and many different characters and sub plots, without being too confusing. Towards the end, the film becomes perhaps too predictable and unbelievable, and I think the ending should have needed little tightening. Now it is little unnecessary shoot outs and nothing else. The film runs two hours, which is the longest running time in the "series", but still this manages to interest and even surprise, but if they had finished the film some 20 minutest earlier, this would be even more noteworthy film. Now it has nothing too important to offer during its finale, and so the finale becomes little unnecessary, in my opinion.

As an action film, this is pretty exciting and shot with talent. The action scenes are often fast and full of gunpowder and fire, so director Post can surely direct with skill. The film is pretty brutal and violent at times, and this again shows the fact that films this gritty and violent are not made in Hollywood nowadays, at least not too often. Magnum Force is much more easier and "positive" film than its predecessor, and that's why it hasn't got so many things to offer and give. This is pure action film where the first film was also many other things, too, like social commentary and talking about things many would not want to talk about. Magnum Force gets 7/10, but fortunately still has its positive things and even little bit of the power that made Dirty Harry so immortal.

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Trivia

The only Dirty Harry movie where Albert Popwell and Clint Eastwood do not share scenes (except The Dead Pool, where Popwell does not appear at all)


Quotes

Harry Callahan: This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?


Goofs

In the pool scene, the bullet wound of the girl shot in the center of the chest disappears when she is floating in the pool.


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

A Network Television cut that aired in the 80s and 90s made the following cuts: -The gunshot to the camera at the end of the opening titles is cut off -Many of the gunshots to victims such as Ricca, the Pimp, people in the swimming pool etc are cut down significantly, removing several gunshot. Lingering shots on their dead bodies are also removed. -Much of the language including ass, god damn, bastard, shit, fuck, and racial slurs are all removed entirely. -The scene of the pimp killing the prostitute is shortened for language and sexual content. Some TV edits just cut it entirely and go straight to the pimp's traffic stop. -Love scenes with Sunny and Harry are also shortened. -The Guzman scene is severely cut down. All shots inside his room with the naked man and woman doing drugs are cut. The cop shoots the guard outside his room, the stakeout squad jump into action, then the movie immediately cuts to the Charlie McCoy scene in the basement. -McCoy's shot to the head is cut -Some deaths in the Pilancio shoot out are censored and a lot of impact shots of bullets are cut. -Many cuts are made to the movie to fit it into a 2 hr time slot with commercials as well

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Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller

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