The Enforcer

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"The dirtiest Harry of them all."
  • R
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.7  (48,882)
  • 58

The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film directed by James Fargo and starring Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, and Harry Guardino. It is the third installment in the Dirty Harry film series. The film was released in the United States on December 22, 1976. The plot of the movie revolves around Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (played by Clint Eastwood), who is tasked with solving a series of brutal terrorist attacks in San Francisco. The terrorists, a militant group called the People's Revolutionary Strike Force (PRSF), have already killed several people and are threatening to launch more attacks unless their demands are met.

To help him on the case, Harry is paired with Kate Moore (played by Tyne Daly), the first female Inspector in the San Francisco Police Department. Together, they must follow the PRSF's trail to prevent further destruction and loss of life. They progress in a way that shows that they make a great team and handle a very complex investigation with ease.

Throughout the movie, Harry and Kate face many obstacles, such as uncooperative witnesses, political red tape, and internal departmental conflicts. Despite these obstacles, they remain focused on the task at hand and eventually discover the PRSF's hideout. There, they engage in a violent shootout with the terrorists, which leads to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.

The Enforcer is known for its intense action sequences and gritty portrayal of violence. The film also explores themes of feminism and gender equality, as Kate's character challenges traditional gender roles in law enforcement. The film's portrayal of terrorism and the use of violent tactics by law enforcement to combat it, while controversial at the time of release, still resonates with modern viewers.

The performances of the actors in The Enforcer are noteworthy. Clint Eastwood, although playing a character type he's done many times in the past, once again displays the tough, cool demeanor he’s known for. Tyne Daly delivers a standout performance as Kate Moore, showcasing both toughness and vulnerability in equal measure. Harry Guardino plays the hard-nosed captain who butts heads with Callahan and Moore throughout the movie.

The film's direction by James Fargo is also impressive. He portrays the action scenes with a sense of urgency and tension, making the audience feel as though they are in the moment with the characters. The chase scenes through San Francisco are particularly noteworthy, as they highlight the city's iconic landmarks and add to the movie's sense of atmosphere.

Additionally, the film's score, composed by Jerry Fielding, adds to the film's gritty, hard-edged tone. The use of a haunting melody in the opening theme creates a sense of foreboding and sets the tone for the rest of the movie.

Overall, The Enforcer is a gripping, fast-paced action movie that doesn't disappoint. The combination of Clint Eastwood's iconic portrayal of Dirty Harry, Tyne Daly's excellent supporting performance, and James Fargo's direction work together to create an exciting and thrilling experience that's still worthwhile today.

The Enforcer is a 1976 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 58.

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    6.7  (48,882)
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