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The Enforcer (1976)

Preceded by: Magnum Force (1973)
Succeeded by: Sudden Impact (1983)

Director:
James Fargo
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dirty Harry tar hevn
RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Producer:
Robert Daley
Screenwriter (based on characters by Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink):
Stirling Silliphant
Dean Riesner


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Harry Callahan Clint Eastwood
Kate Moore Tyne Daly
Capt. McKay Bradford Dillman
Lt. Bressler Harry Guardino
Bobby Maxwell DeVeren Bookwalter
The Mayor John Crawford
Big Ed Albert Popwell

 

Review

Poor Harry Callahan. No matter how many bad guys he takes down or how many softy mouths he stops, he just doesn't get any happier. On the contrary, rather. Well, maybe he has had some time to think about his right-wing violent nature, albeit without being able to stop himself. What is unfortunate, however, is that the plot and people surrounding him seem to require being made increasingly stereotypical and foolish in order for Harry to come off as the clever one, let alone the good guy. In The Enforcer, he'll hopefully meet his match in the average viewer. The structure and premise of this third entry is a carbon copy of the previous two films, and in the hands of semi-talented craftsmen, the ambiguity and nuances that made the original vibrant and timely are gone. Where number one had attitude, number three is just whiny. And Clint finally seems to believe the lines he's delivering, unfortunately. What is left here is an oversimplified anti-leftist, anti-intellectual premonition to the largely unimpressive 80s action formula.

Copyright 16.9.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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