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Magnum Force

(1973)

PLOT | AUDIO | TRIVIA | CAST | CREDITS | PURCHASE


Plot
Eastwood plays cop Harry Callahan, who is baffled by a series of killings of prominent Bay Area criminals. He notes that all of the deaths were caused by the same weapon, a .357 Magnum. This is the gun that's widely used by members of the S.F.P.D. and the implication is that a cop is doing the killings. Eastwood wants to personally investigate the deaths, but his boss, Holbrook, calls him off the case. At a training center, there's a shooting match, and Eastwood allows a young rookie cop, Soul, to win. He'd seen Soul and three others, Urich, Niven, and Matheson, practicing at the range in an earlier scene and he has become suspicious of them. Later, Holbrook asks Eastwood to take a ride with him and, once underway, Holbrook pulls a gun on Eastwood, telling him that he is also part of the effort to keep the city clean. Eastwood slams on the brakes, and Holbrook's head is smashed on the dashboard. He pushes the boss out of the car, and discovers that he's been trailed by the rookie cops.

Audio
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Listen as Clint Eastwood speaks candidly about his thoughts on this film including some of his views on Dirty Harry.


Trivia
  • David Soul went on to star in the TV series Starsky and Hutch.
  • Look out for Dirty Harry regular Albert Popwell as the pimp with the outrageous car.
  • As Harry and Briggs drive off, watch closely and you'll see Briggs put his glasses on. Then, in the very next shot, he puts them on again.
  • The film features early performances by David Soul, Tim Matheson, and Robert Urich as the rookie cops.
  • During the pool party scene, watch for Suzanne Sommers as the pool girl who gets a ring.
  • The film was attacked for softening the character of Harry Callahan by the same critics who had complained at the violence and lack of morality in the first film.

Cast
Harry Callahan
Lieutenant Briggs
Charlie McCoy
Davis
Sweet
Astrachan
Grimes
Early Smith
Nat Weinstein
Prostitute
Ricca
Palancio
Walter
Estabrook
Cab Driver
DiGorgio
Ricca's Driver
Guzman
Pimp
Carol McCoy
Sunny
Pool Girl
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Clint Eastwood
Hal Holbrook
Mitchell Ryan
David Soul
Tim Matheson
Kip Niven
Robert Urich
Felton Perry
Maurice Argent
Margaret Avery
Richard Devon
Tony Giorgio
Jack Kosslyn
Bob March
Bob McClurg
John Mitchum
Russ Moro
Clifford A. Pellow
Albert Popwell
Christine White
Adele Yoshioka
Suzanne Somers

Credits
Producer
Director
Screenplay
 
Director of Photography
Editor
Music
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Robert Daley
Ted Post
John Milius
Michael Cimino
Frank Stanley
Ferris Webster
Lalo Schifrin


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