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The Enforcer (1976)




Critic Consensus: Though the slightest hints of series fatigue begin to emerge, The Enforcer delivers riveting action and better humor than its predecessors.

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Number Three in the Dirty Harry series, this film equips macho cop Harry Callahan with a female assistant, Kate Moore. Their quarry is a terrorist organization which has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco. Eventually, Harry and Kate discover that the mayor is being held at Alcatraz Island.

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Clint Eastwood
as Harry Callahan
Tyne Daly
as Kate Moore
Harry Guardino
as Lt. Bressler
Bradford Dillman
as Capt. McKay
DeVeren Bookwalter
as Bobby Maxwell
John Mitchum
as DiGeorgia
John Crawford
as The Mayor
Robert Hoy
as Buchinski
M.G. Kelly
as Father John
Rudy Ramos
as Mendez
Joe Bellan
as Freddie the Fainter
Jan Stratton
as Mrs. Grey
Will MacMillian
as Lt. Dobbs
Robert Behling
as Autopsy Surgeon
Terry McGovern
as Disc Jockey
John Roselius
as Mayor's Driver
Brian Fong
as Scoutmaster
Fritz Manes
as Detective #1
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Critic Reviews for The Enforcer

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (4)

The spitball script [from a story by Gail Morgan Hickman and S.W. Schurr] lurches along, stopping periodically for the blood-lettings and assorted running and jumping and chasing stuff.

June 26, 2008 | Full Review…

Despite inferior contributions from most departments, Eastwood carries the picture, and Tyne Daly does well as the female cop against very stacked odds.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Money, the big name of Clint Eastwood, a lot of gore and howling sirens and the urge to rail at various liberal notions are not enough to make even a passable movie out of "The Enforcer."

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The Enforcer is the best of the Dirty Harry movies at striking a balance between the action and the humor.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tyne Daly's fine performance as a committed policewoman served as a warm-up for her star-making role on TV's Cagney and Lacey.

December 15, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

By the time the film gets around to tracking and nailing the terrorist group at the heart of the plot, it almost feels like another movie altogether.

August 29, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Enforcer


Dirty Harry is back. All in all, the movie held my interest even though you know how a Dirty Harry movie will end.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

An explosive, smart, funny and furiously entertaining action-packed thrill-ride that is just too much fun to handle. A great action flick that has lots to offer and is great to watch again. It`s not as dark as the other films and know how to enjoy itself.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


Clint Eastwood returns as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan in the third of five films concerning the exploits of this supremely macho cop. This time around Harry is partnered up (much to his chagrin) with a determined, yet inexperienced female partner named Officer Kate Moore, played by Tyne Daly. Their mission: to stop a radical left wing terrorist organization bent on raising Hell throughout San Francisco, The group is primarily modeled after the Symbionese Liberation Army, with perhaps a dash of the Black Panthers thrown in for good measure. This isn't a bad film, as it has some good lines and humor, some decent action, and a little bit of effort to continue the series's trend of making a police drama with socio-cultural/political subtexts. This time around however, the subtext is pretty lacking, and I blame the script, which comes off as not really uninspired, but mainly just lazy. Also, it doesn't help that the idea of having Harry team up with a woman comes off as more novel, and isn't taken as seriously as it should. This results in some lighthearted moments, which aren't bad on a basic level, but end up coming off as a bit silly. So yeah, the film has some problems, but it's still really enjoyable, fairly rousing, and decent enough. The players do their best with the material they're given, and I've got to give Daly some credit for doing her best to hold her own against such an icon playing an equally iconic character. The series has definitely settled into a nice comfortable groove by this point, but even if it is losing a bit of steam, there's still some decent camera work, a fairly fine musical score, and some good action scenes to keep things moving along nicely.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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