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Magnum Force

Magnum Force theatrical poster
Directed by Ted Post
Produced by Robert Daley
Written by Characters:
Harry Julian Fink
Rita M. Fink
Story:
John Milius
Screenplay:
John Milius
Michael Cimino
Starring Clint Eastwood
Hal Holbrook
Mitchell Ryan
David Soul
Felton Perry
Robert Urich
Tim Matheson
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Editing by Ferris Webster
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) Flag of the United States December 25, 1973
Running time 124 min
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Preceded by Dirty Harry
Followed by The Enforcer
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Magnum Force was the first of the sequels to the film Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood as maverick cop 'Dirty' Harry Callahan. The film was released in 1973 and directed by Ted Post, who also directed Clint in TV's Rawhide and the feature film Hang 'Em High. The screenplay was written by John Milius (who provided an uncredited rewrite for the original film) and Michael Cimino. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 392 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (494 × 755 pixel, file size: 60 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. ... Ted Post (31 March 1918-) is an American TV and film director. ... Robert Daley American Novelist Born:1930 Author of 1. ... Harry Julian Fink, television and film writer, wrote for Have Gun — Will Travel and was one of the writers who created Dirty Harry. ... John Milius (born April 11, 1944 in St. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. ... Mitchell Ryan (January 11, 1928-) is an American actor known as Gregs father on Dharma & Greg. ... David Soul (born August 28, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor and British citizen and singer best known for his role as the seat-of-the-pants California police detective Ken Hutch Hutchinson (opposite co-star and long-time friend Paul Michael Glaser) in the cult television program... Felton Perry (born on September 11, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an African-American actor. ... Robert Urich (December 19, 1946 – April 16, 2002) was an Emmy-winning actor, best known for playing private investigators on the television series Spenser: For Hire (1985-1988) and Vega$ (1978-1981). ... Tim Matheson, an American actor, was born Timothy Lewis Matthieson on December 31, 1947, in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. ... Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin (born on June 21, 1932) is an Argentine Jewish pianist and composer, most famous for composing the burning-fuse theme tune from the Mission:Impossible television series. ... Ferris Webster (April 29, 1912–February 4, 1989), an American film editor, was nominated for Academy Awards for his work on The Blackboard Jungle (1955), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and The Great Escape (1963). ... “WB” redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... The Enforcer (1976) is the third film in the Dirty Harry series. ... Dirty Harry is the name of a series of films starring fictional SFPD detective Dirty Harry Callahan, portrayed by Clint Eastwood Eastwoods character also helped popularize (and to a degree, sensationalize) the . ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Harry Callahan, portrayed by Clint Eastwood. ... // Events The Marx Brothers Zeppo Marx divorces his second wife, Barbara Blakely. ... Ted Post (31 March 1918-) is an American TV and film director. ... Rawhide was a television western series about cattle drives that aired on CBS from 1959-1966, which starred Eric Fleming and launched the career of Clint Eastwood, who played Rowdy Yates. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... John Milius (born April 11, 1944 in St. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ...

Contents

Plot

Dirty Harry Callahan is reassigned back to homicide with a new partner to investigate a series of killings by a perpetrator who is on a mission to wipe out all of the mobsters and criminals within the city. Although the initial investigation centers around one of the mobsters trying to rub out the competition, Callahan discovers the real culprits: motorcycle vigilante cops within the San Francisco police department, reminiscent of the Brazilian death squads of the 1950s. Harry tries to dodge being the next target of the vigilantes and works to find evidence to expose the true bad guys and bring them to justice. Dirty Harry Francis Callahan is a fictional San Francisco Police Department inspector in the films Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988). ... For other uses, see Vigilante (disambiguation). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... // A death squad is an armed squad of men that kills civilians. ...


Synopsis

The opening scene shows a known organized-crime kingpin driving away from a court case where he was declared not guilty. Soon after, a motorcycle patrol cop stops the crime boss’s car and begins to write out a ticket for the driver, saying he had crossed the double-line. The cop soon follows up by pulling his service revolver, a .357 magnum, and empties it into the bodies of the passengers, then calmly drives off. Harry and his new partner stop by to check out the crime scene, but Harry is no longer working in homicide due to the events of 12 months earlier. Harry butts heads with his new superior, Lieutenant Briggs, played by Hal Holbrook. Callahan and his new partner, Earlington "Early" Smith (Felton Perry) bide their time until 'Dirty Harry' gets called back on the case. For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... “.357” redirects here. ... Homicide (Latin homicidium, homo human being + caedere to cut, kill) refers to the act of killing another human being. ... Lieutenant Neil Briggs is a fictional San Francisco Police Officer in the film Magnum Force, played by Hal Holbrook. ... Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. ... Felton Perry (born on September 11, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an African-American actor. ...


While Harry is waiting to be put back on homicide detail, he encounters a new group of motorcycle police officers, fresh from the Airborne Army Rangers, Special Forces, and out of the police academy: Philip Sweet (Tim Matheson), John Davis (David Soul), "Red" Astrachan (Kip Niven), and Michael Grimes (Robert Urich). He also runs into an old friend, Charlie McCoy (Mitchell Ryan), a frustrated veteran motorcycle cop who is going through a rough time, having separated from his wife. More killings ensue, including a black pimp (played by Albert Popwell), and a host of underworld folks at a private house party. Harry and his partner are called in, and from the clues he finds, Harry thinks it’s a traffic cop, namely Charlie McCoy. Before he can act on this suspicion, during a stake-out and arrest operation led by Frank DiGiorgio (John Mitchum), Charlie McCoy is coincidentally and secretly killed by Officer Davis in a parking garage. And so Harry begins to look elsewhere. He finds his suspect(s) in the four motorcycle rookies he met earlier. Harry then sends a message to the motorcycle cops during a pistol shooting competition wherein Harry purposely hits a police-man target during the combat competition with Davis. He checks ballistics and confirms that bullets from Davis’ gun match ones found at the crime scene involving the kingpin. The 75th Ranger Regiment —also known as the United States Army Rangers— is a special operations force of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC); with headquarters in Fort Benning, Georgia. ... Tim Matheson, an American actor, was born Timothy Lewis Matthieson on December 31, 1947, in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. ... David Soul (born August 28, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor and British citizen and singer best known for his role as the seat-of-the-pants California police detective Ken Hutch Hutchinson (opposite co-star and long-time friend Paul Michael Glaser) in the cult television program... Robert Urich (December 19, 1946 – April 16, 2002) was an Emmy-winning actor, best known for playing private investigators on the television series Spenser: For Hire (1985-1988) and Vega$ (1978-1981). ... Mitchell Ryan (January 11, 1928-) is an American actor known as Gregs father on Dharma & Greg. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Albert Popwell, (1926 - 1999), was an African-American actor in TV and films from the late 1960s. ... John Mitchum (1919 - 2001),was an American actor in films and later TV from the 1940s. ...


Motorcycle patrolman Sweet is sacrificed in a raid on a mob boss to throw any possible investigators off track. Harry next encounters the 3 remaining renegade cops in the parking garage of his apartment. When they give Harry an offer to join their cause, he sternly responds, “I’m afraid you've misjudged me.” Callahan then avoids having a bomb go off from his mailbox, left by the vigilantes in case he refused their offer. He calls Lt. Briggs to warn his partner, but Early Smith does not get the call from Harry before opening his own mailbox with a bomb that does explode. Briggs arrives and asks Harry to drive while he looks the bomb over more closely. After a short distance, Briggs pulls his service revolver and points it directly at Callahan. “You’re gun’s out of your holster, Lieutenant. First time?” Harry says, in reference to a comment Briggs made to him earlier in the film. Harry is told to turn over his .44 magnum and his speed loaders, which are dumped in the back of the car and out the window. For other uses, see Bomb (disambiguation). ... The . ...

Harry Callahan (right) talking to his partner, Earlington Smith.

Briggs reveals that he was the one who started the vigilante cops' executions of the criminals who dodged trial and explains the cause of the vigilante cops, and that there are plenty more where they (the rookie vigilantes) came from. “You’re a good cop, Harry. But you’d rather stick with the system,” Briggs adds. But Harry’s response is that although he hates the system, he will stick with it until some rules come along that make some sense. Briggs ends the repartee with the statement, “You’re about to become extinct.” Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Harry notices he is being followed by a motorcycle cop, but manages to not only knock out Briggs but also kill Grimes, the cop following him. On the run at the docks, Harry abandons his car as the remaining 2 vigilante cops show up. Harry runs aboard the hulk of an old aircraft carrier docked in a scrapyard and hides out through the ship, with no gun, waiting to find a way to elude his pursuers or neutralize them. Astrachan finds Harry first and tries to shoot him as he runs through the ship. Before Astrachan can reload, Callahan surprises him and beats him to death. He tries to take the officer’s gun and reload but he doesn’t have time before Davis comes along, so Harry takes off. Davis finds Astrachan, and then hears someone trying to start a motorcycle up top on the ship's deck. He races to the top to get on his motorcycle and chase Harry. They both make death-defying jumps across the upper decks of the ship until they run out of deck, after which Davis ends up sending his motorcycle and himself straight into the bay. Davis’ body comes floating up to the surface, dead.


Just as Harry thinks the whole incident is finally over, Briggs appears, bloodied, with a gun from one of the motorcycle cops in his hand, declaring he will prosecute Callahan with his own system, and starts to drive off. A few seconds later, the car is blown up with the letterbox bomb that had been left in the back of the car, which Harry activated just before backing away at gunpoint.


The last shot of the movie is a close-up of Harry's face as he lets out a slight smile and says, "Man's got to know his limitations", a phrase he taunted Briggs with earlier before he walks away from the scene.


Controversy

The film received negative publicity in 1974 when it was discovered that a scene in which Drāno is used to murder a prostitute had allegedly inspired the infamous Hi-Fi Murders, with the two killers believing the method would be as efficient as it was portrayed in the film. However, the killers admitted that they had been looking for a unique murder method when they stumbled upon the film, and that had they not seen the movie, they'd have simply picked a method from another film. The drain cleaner reference was repeated in three other films, Lethal Weapon (1987), Heathers (1989) and Urban Legend (1998). Drāno (also spelled Draino or Drano if the ā (a-macron) character is not available) is a drain cleaner product manufactured by S. C. Johnson & Son. ... The so-called Hi-Fi Murders was an infamous criminal case involving murder, rape and robbery which occurred in the Hi-Fi Shop in Ogden, Utah on April 22, 1974. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heathers is a 1989 black comedy film starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty. ... An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


Trivia

  • The film was somewhat of an answer to critics that said the first Dirty Harry movie glorified violence toward suspected criminals. Harry's refusal to join the vigilante squad was to be proof that he was not above the law; though in the morgue scene he did actually express approval for putting "the courts out of business" and only really turned against them after the killing of his friend Charlie McCoy.
  • Harry mentions to his new partner, Early Smith, that his previous partner was wounded on the job but is now a school teacher, in reference to Chico (Reni Santoni) from the previous film, Dirty Harry.
  • Harry's tagline for this film was "A man's got to know his limitations", or variations on this phrase. This replaced the line from the first film "Do you feel lucky?".
  • The Robyn Hitchcock song "(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs" from Olé! Tarantula was directly inspired by this film.
  • At one point when Harry is in his apartment by himself, he looks at a photo of him and his wife, the only time the audience ever gets to see the late Mrs. Callahan who was mentioned in the previous film.
  • A very young Suzanne Somers plays a girl at a pool-party thrown by one of the underworld crime lords. She shows off a new diamond ring and ends up going topless into the swimming pool before a bomb goes off and everyone at the party is shot.
  • The actress playing Sunny (Adele Yoshioka) had to stand on a box at times when filming scenes with Clint Eastwood due to there being an over 12 inch difference in their respective heights.
  • Harry Callahan is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. This is indicated in the scene where Harry first runs into Charlie McCoy, who says, "We should'a done our 20 in the Marines."
  • Magnum Force is the first Dirty Harry film where Harry loses his .44 Magnum revolver. The gun was surrendered to Briggs,who threw it in the back of the car, where it was presumably destroyed when Briggs' car exploded. The second time he loses it is in Sudden Impact.

For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... Reni Santoni, born April 21, 1939 in New York City, is a film, television and voice actor. ... For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... Robyn Rowan Hitchcock (born March 3, 1953) is a singer-songwriter, psych folk artist, and occasional actor. ... Olé! Tarantula is a 2006 album by Robyn Hitchcock, recorded with Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows and Bill Rieflin of Ministry . ... Suzanne Somers (born October 16, 1946) is an American actress, author, and businesswoman. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... Sudden Impact is a 1983 movie in the Dirty Harry series, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. ...

External links

Dirty Harry
Harry Callahan
The Films
Dirty Harry | Magnum Force | The Enforcer | Sudden Impact | The Dead Pool
Villains
The Scorpio Killer | Lt. Neil Briggs | The People's Revolutionary Strike Force | Mick the Rapist | Harlan Rook
Other
Clint Eastwood | Albert Popwell | Go ahead, make my day. | Jennifer Spencer

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