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Enforcer, The (1976)

Original Title : The Enforcer
Director : James Fargo
Writer : Harry Julian Fink
Rita M. Fink
Gail Morgan Hickman
S.W. Schurr
Stirling Silliphant
Dean Riesner
Genre : Action
Drama/Crime/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Daley
Music : Jerry Fielding
Photography : Charles W. Short
Distributor : Warner Bros.
IMDB ID : 0074483
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Enforcer, The (1976) - James Fargo
 

Starring

Clint Eastwood Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
Tyne Daly Insp. Kate Moore
Harry Guardino Lt. Al Bressler
Bradford Dillman Capt. McKay
John Mitchum Insp. Frank DiGiorgio
DeVeren Bookwalter Bobby Maxwell
John Crawford The Mayor
Samantha Doane Wanda
Robert F. Hoy Buchinski (as Robert Hoy
Jocelyn Jones Miki
M.G. Kelly Father John
Nick Pellegrino Martin
Albert Popwell 'Big' Ed Mustapha
Rudy Ramos Mendez
Bill Ackridge Andy
Bill Jelliffe Johnny
Joe Bellan Freddie the Fainter
Tim O'Neill Police Sergeant
Jan Stratton Mrs. Grey
Will MacMillan Lt. Dobbs
Jerry Walter Krause
Steve Eoff Bustanoby
Tim Burrus Henry Lee
Michael Cavanaugh Lalo
Dick Durock Karl
Ronald Manning Tex
Adele Proom Irene DiGeorgio
Glenn Leigh Marshall Army Sergeant
Robert Behling Autopsy Surgeon
Terence McGovern Disc Jockey (as Terry McGovern
Stan Richie Bridge Operator
John Roselius Jimmy, the Mayor's Assistant
Brian Fong Scoutmaster
Art Rimdzius Porno Director
Chuck Hicks Huey
Anne Macey Madam (as Ann Macy
Gloria Prince Massage Girl
Kenneth Boyd Abdul
Bernard Glin Koblo
Fritz Manes Detective
Will Hutchins Stakeout cop (uncredited
Joe Spano Mitch, Robber (uncredited
 

Plot

San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan returns in the third of the Dirty Harry movies. Teamed with his new partner, Policewoman Inspector Kate Moore, they hunt for a group of terrorists that are blackmailing the City of San Francisco for two million dollars. Robbers at a liquor store are holding a shopkeeper and three of his patrons hostage. Asked by the robbers for a car with a police radio, Inspector Dirty Harry Callahan volunteers his own car. Dirty Harry drives the car right through the store's plate glass window. Before the robbers know what hit them, Dirty Harry has shot them. $14,379 is how much the San Francisco police department will have to pay to repair the damages caused by Dirty Harry's encounter with the robbers. Rather than getting a medal, which he doesn't want, Harry is relegated to Personnel to help interview patrol officers on the list to make inspector. Dirty Harry is told that of the eight openings, three will be filled by women. A group that calls themselves the People's Revolutionary Strike Force (PRSF), led by Bobby Maxwell, are making plans to go on a rampage throughout San Francisco as some kind of extremist political statement. When Dirty Harry's longtime partner is killed by the PRSF during a major weapons theft, Dirty Harry vows revenge and, surprisingly, is given some support by his superiors. Dirty Harry has bad luck when it comes to partners. Being Dirty Harry's partner is like having your doctor say you only have a few days left to live. Harry gets a new partner named Kate Moore, a woman whose decade long entire police career has been spent in the Human Resources department. With her suit and high heels, Kate has trouble chasing suspects. But she proves to be resilient and resourceful and becomes Harry's friend. The PRSF continues stealing explosive devices and rocket launchers. After they're armed to the teeth, they kidnap the mayor and demand a ransom of two million dollars. The PRSF is prepared to blow up the toilets in the police station itself. Dirty Harry goes undercover, attempting to root out Maxwell and his crew. Kate and Dirty Harry discover that the mayor is being held at Alcatraz Island. This leads Kate and Dirty Harry to a showdown against Maxwell. Following a reprimand from his superiors for his somewhat destructive approach to his work, Harry Callahan finds his new partner to be female. Though none too pleased with this, the job has to come first - in this case the City being held to ransom following an arms robbery, by a gang prepared to blow up the toilets in the police station itself. When SFPD Insp. Harry Callahan ends a liquor store holdup by doing things in his usual hard-boiled manner, his bleeding-heart boss, Capt. Briggs (Bradford Dillman) demotes Harry to the personnel division. But Harry doesn't remain there for long, as a group of terrorists rob an arms warehouse and begin a bloody extortion spree demanding $2 million from the City. Harry is paired with Insp. Kate Moore (Tyne Daly) to shut the terrorists down. Callahan is none too thrilled to be paired with Moore, but she more than proves herself when she and Harry pursue the terrorists to their hideout in the old prison of Alcatraz.
 

Comments

PC and counting, 8 April 2004 Author: dust-7 Somewhat 'Harry' movie, that goes further down the self-parody road, finally explored fully in the weakest Harry film, namely The Dead Pool. This is the second PC installment of the series, and seems more made for tv than feature release. In Magnum Force, Harry is no longer the 'loose cannon' but is made to battle some rogue traffic cops on bikes. He stays 'in the system' (never mind what he did in Dirty Harry). Here, the plot revolves around the admission, even preferential hiring of the unqualified, female cop from 'records' to serve as a detective on the streets. But Harry finally sees it the PC way, and the female detective dutifully and heroically perishes. San Francisco did pride itself on exactly this sort of preferential hiring for many years.That's the plot. The politics of quota hiring. Literally the subplot involves a trendy nod to the 'headlines of the day'. Here you have some thugs teaming up with a 'people's liberation group' or whatever, in order to steal some military ordinance from a civilian warehouse called, Pacific Overseas Shipping. Ultimately, they decide to steal the mayor, as well, and hold him for ransom. They go out to Alcatraz, probably just late of the disastrous Indian squatting and occupation. And Harry tracks them down and kills them, but not before they get the female detective, who shouts a warning to Harry to save his life. She can't get out of the way of the bullet in time.Bookwalter's Maxwell is frightening, in a Fellini film sort of way. He tries to play the military-trained killer with a touch of added sadism. But there's just not that much to say about the film. It departs from the careful cop film of the original, and as the second began to do. Harry's former partner goes after the gang in the warehouse heist, by himself, without waiting for backup. His partner proceeds to stand in front of a moving vehicle as it bears down on him. The Dillman boss is so annoyingly loud, threatening and incompetent - the little dictator of a boss we've all actually seen and loathed in the workplace - that he almost renders his scenes comedic. This Crawford's mayor, unlike Vernon's, is also so foolish, so incompetent, that you honestly wish he were closer to the final Bookwalter blast. You see him climbing down the ladder and say to yourself - this is not good.What made the original film work is not that it was the gunfighter brought successfully to the role of urban policeman. That was certainly part of it. The music was similar to Leone, and that also worked. The music in this film isn't up to that. What really made it work is that is was simply a cop film, about a brave cop, doing often reasonable things in a risky way. But he was still a cop, who only went it alone out of a personal sense of revenge against a particular foe. And when he went that far, he also went farther. That was the complaint that led to him having to pair off against the killer bike cops in the second film. People thought he was setting a bad example. But the first film rang true. And this third film had left it far behind. PC won out. Mere unmotivated action won out. And it hurt the movie.These films don't quite work as they become generic action, and more fantasy than gritty reality. So the only thing that still works, here, is Eastwood, himself. He does carry the film. He has the Eastwood jogging gait, that we've seen ever since, and since his first Dirty Harry. He's deliberate in his aim, as in the Italian westerns. He tries to come up with clever 'James Bond' throw-away lines, without the effect of the first, or fourth, film in the series. There's still some truth to the locations. And the HOJ explosion rings true, and gives some sense of ultimately where the militants (that's what they used to call, terrorists) are going. Al Popwell, in yet another role (hey, wasn't this the guy he shot in the first film, oh - wait - the pimp in the second, buddy in the fourth, well?), is pretty convincing as the softie local black militant leader. In fact, since Popwell was only in the first four, each as literally a different character, you might see that as an indicator of which are closest to Harry films, and which one is completely off base.
 
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