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The Enforcer

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Number three in the Dirty Harry series, The Enforcer equips macho cop Harry Callahan Clint Eastwood with a female assistant, Kate Moore Tyne Daly. Their quarry is a terrorist organization which has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco John Crawford. Harry goes undercover, attempting to root out the terrorists by beating up anybody who looks at him cross-eyed. When Harry and Kate discover that the mayor is being held at Alcatraz Island, it is only a matter of time before the climactic bloodbath. The Enforcer ...
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Overview

Number three in the Dirty Harry series, The Enforcer equips macho cop Harry Callahan Clint Eastwood with a female assistant, Kate Moore Tyne Daly. Their quarry is a terrorist organization which has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco John Crawford. Harry goes undercover, attempting to root out the terrorists by beating up anybody who looks at him cross-eyed. When Harry and Kate discover that the mayor is being held at Alcatraz Island, it is only a matter of time before the climactic bloodbath. The Enforcer cleared enough at the box office to warrant yet another Dirty Harry opus, Sudden Impact.
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Special Features

Commentary by James Fargo - The Director entertainingly recalls the film that launched his directorial career, including the day Clint Eastwood nonchalantly let him know he got the job.; ; The business end: Violence in Cinema - An unflinching look at the ongoing debate on levels of movie violence; ; Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special in Films - Celebratory original featurette about the merger of charismatic leading man and character; ; Dirty Harry Movies Trailer Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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The third entry in the Dirty Harry action film series is one of the most underrated. The script by Stirling Silliphant and Dean Riesner leans a bit too heavily on verbal humor at times, but delivers its surprisingly complex scenario in an easily followed style punctuated by plenty of action. Director James Fargo gives the film a steady pace that allows the dramatic moments room to breathe, but keeps the story moving forward an energetic pace. He also shows considerable kinetic flair in the action scenes; highlights include Callahan busting up a hostage situation with his police car and an exciting rooftop chase that climaxes with a hair-raising plunge through a skylight. The Enforcer is also notable for humanizing Harry Callahan through his dealings with his female partner, Kate Moore. His transition from grudging respect to true acceptance of his partner adds an unexpected element of touching emotion to the proceedings. Eastwood handles this transition in a skillful low-key fashion that makes the softening of his gruff character believable, and Tyne Daly handles her role as Moore with a deft combination of wit and nervous charm. Other memorable performances include Bradford Dillman as Harry's perpetually enraged superior officer and Albert Popwell's moody turn as radical leader and unexpected Callahan ally Big Ed Mustapha. The one real problem with The Enforcer is that it lacks a singular villain worthy of its formidable hero. The film's hippie villains, inspired by the Symbionese Liberation Army, lack the strength or depth to pose a memorable threat to the hero. Despite this problem, The Enforcer remains a brisk action programmer that is worth the time for Clint Eastwood fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • UPC: 012569818385
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,237

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Harry Callahan
Harry Guardino Lt. Bressler
Bradford Dillman Capt. McKay
John Mitchum DiGeorgio
DeVeren Bookwalter Bobby Maxwell
Tyne Daly Kate Moore
John Crawford Mayor
Albert Popwell Mustapha
Samantha Doane Wanda
Robert Hoy Buchinski
Jocelyn Jones Miki
M.G. Kelly Father John
Rudy Ramos Mendez
Bill Ackridge Andy
Joe Bellan Freddie the Fainter
Jan Stratton Mrs. Grey
Will MacMillian Lt. Dobbs
Jerry Walter Krause
Michael Cavanaugh Lalo
Dick Durock Karl
Robert Behling Autopsy Surgeon
Terry McGovern Disc Jockey
John Roselius Mayor's Driver
Brian Fong Scoutmaster
Chuck Hicks Huey
Fritz Manes Detective #1
Nick Pellegrino Martin
Bill Jelliffe Johnny
Technical Credits
James Fargo Director
Ira Bates Set Decoration/Design
Joe Cavalier Asst. Director
Joel Cox Editor
Robert Daley Producer
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Richard C. Glouner Cinematographer
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Gail Morgan Hickman Original Story
Fritz Manes Producer
Joe McKinney Makeup
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
S.W. Schurr Original Story
Charles W. Short Cinematographer
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Allen E. Smith Art Director
Ferris Webster Editor
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Enforcer
1. Good Samaritans, Bad End [4:06]
2. Cityscape Credits [1:43]
3. Free Meal, No Ride [1:55]
4. Special Delivery [4:41]
5. Transferred [2:19]
6. Oral Examination Board [1:54]
7. Off. Kate Moore. [3:23]
8. Munitions Warehouse Job [7:55]
9. War Casualty [3:27]
10. Terrorist Threat [:58]
11. New Partner [1:54]
12. Firing Range [1:38]
13. Her First Autopsy [3:17]
14. Chasing a Bomber [7:51]
15. Her End of the Log [1:05]
16. Big Ed Mustafa [1:28]
17. Under Arrest [4:32]
18. Seven-Point Suppository [1:46]
19. Cold, Bold Callahan [4:59]
20. The Mayor Kidnapped [4:23]
21. Power to the People [5:38]
22. A Lead on Wanda [2:24]
23. Love Tussle at Tiffany's [1:48]
24. Back-Room Negotiations [2:58]
25. Secrets in Lunch [2:11]
26. Assault on Alcatraz [3:41]
27. In the Line of Fire [4:27]
28. On Target [2:57]
29. Life for a Life [1:33]
30. End Credits [1:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Enforcer
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by James Fargo
      The Business End: Violence In Cinema
      Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special in Films
      Dirty Harry Trailer Gallery
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         Dirty Harry (1971)
         Magnum Force (1973)
         The Enforcer (1976)
         Sudden Impact (1983)
         The Dead Pool (1988)
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      Subtitles
         English (for the Hearing Impaired)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Second Best Dirty Harry Film

    After the odd debacle of Magnum Force, The Enforcer places Harry Callahan back on firmer ground. This time out he's hunting a group of thieves who masquerade as revolutionaries, which is a scenario ready-made for Dirty Harry. As for the technical details, the transfer is awesomely clear, even on old 1/1.33 television sets. Of special interest is the featurette discussing the evolution of violence in cinema. While the first Dirty Harry film pushed the bounds of violence on the screen, by this time far more violent films were being produced by Hollywood, so holding Dirty Harry up as a poster child for cinematic violence is a bit misguided. I would recommend The Enforcer to anyone interested in Dirty Harry, Eastwood or mid-'70s cinema.

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