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Magnum Force (1973)




Critic Consensus: Magnum Force ups the ante for the Dirty Harry franchise with faster action and thrilling stuntwork.

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In this film, notorious area criminals are being killed by vigilantes. Detective Dirty Harry Callahan discovers that the killings have been committed by a .357 Magnum and suspects that his partner is responsible. But the conspiracy is less transparent than that, as Harry learns almost at the cost of his life.

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Clint Eastwood
as Harry Callahan
Hal Holbrook
as Neil Briggs, Lt. Neil Briggs
Mitchell Ryan
as Charlie McCoy, Officer Charlie McCoy
David Soul
as John Davis, Officer John Davis
Felton Perry
as Early Smith
Tim Matheson
as Phil Sweet, Sweet
Robert Urich
as Mike Grimes, Grimes
Kip Niven
as Astrachan, Alan Astrachan
Christine White
as Carol McCoy
Bob McClurg
as Cab Driver
John Mitchum
as DiGorgio
Margaret Avery
as Call Girl
Maurice Argent
as Nat Weinstein
Richard Devon
as Ricca, Carmine Ricca
Tony Giorgio
as Frank Palancio
Suzanne Somers
as Pool Girl (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Magnum Force

All Critics (27)

"Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot." It's a telling line.

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

Not even Eastwood's presence as the muddy cop, who certainly has his intense moments, prevents this sequel of 'Dirty Harry' from having a light and distinctly conventional result. [Full review in Spanish]

October 9, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

With a villain who remains a mystery for the majority of the picture, victims who deserve to die, and inconsequential supporting roles, there's little suspense or concern.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Magnum misses more often than it hits, due to low calibre material.

December 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Dirty Harry was rotten enough, but at least Don Siegel directed it with style and panache... Ted Post has no such gifts, nor does the screenplay provided by John Milius and Michael Cimino provide any help.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The dialog is as uninspired as the plot but the stunt and chase sequences are up to par for this sort of thing. The action is fast, brutal and bloody.

April 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Magnum Force

A tough, hard-core and explosive action-thriller that gets the job done. It`s sharply written and well-constructed action film that has lots of flavor. Clint Eastwood is in top form as Dirty Harry, showing that truly no cop series can stand next to his classic character or these films.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

This is a solid, action packed and violent (with the series's highest body count at 30) sequel to perennial 70s classic crime caper Dirty Harry. This time out, Harry goes up against a death squad of vigilantes, who, as it turns out, are cops that have a sense of justice more brutal and absolute than Harry's. It's an interesting twist, mostly since the first film often gets labeled as fascist for how it shows Harry as pretty ruthless when it comes to carrying out the law. That even he gets sickened by the tactics of the vigilantes here is wonderfully ironic, and makes for a great set up as far as a plot goes. The film isn't quite as good as the first, but it's still really well done, entertaining, and even a tad thought provoking. The concept could have been handled perhaps a little better and stronger, but at least screenwriters (and future directors) Michael Cimino and John Milius try and put some effort into things. Ted Post is in the director's chair, and he brings a great amount of action with some quieter moments. Lalo Schifrin returns to do the music, and of course, Eastwood shines in one of his signature roles. His supporting cast includes Hal Holbrook, and he does a splendid job of going toe to toe with Clint, and the rest of the cast are okay too. The film does have some plot holes, and kinda really seems like a strung together series of vignettes at times, but even then it's a rousing caper featuring one of the coolest characters ever.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Not even close to the amazing achievement of the first film. While it is pretty cool to watch Dirty Harry fight Hutch, I was really underwhelmed.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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