Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Magnum Force (1973)

Director: Ted Post

Writers: John Milius, Michael Cimino

Composer: Lalo Schifrin

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson, Kip Niven, Robert Urich, Felton Perry, Maurice Argent, Margaret Avery, Richard Devon, John Mitchum, Albert Popwell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A man's got to know his limitations.

Plot: Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Probably what I like most about this second film in the Dirty Harry series is how they take the rogue cop premise further by have a group of them AND Harry isn't involved but he's set on bringing these vigilante cops down.  It's a great follow-up to DIRTY HARRY (1971) and it's a lot of fun.  Then there's the top notch cast with a lot of young faces of actors on the rise all doin' their thing behind a groovy Lalo Schifrin score.  The San Francisco locations are bright and fresh.  I dig it.  The Warner Bros. 4 Film Favorites: Dirty Harry Collection has the first four films.  This one is presented in anamorphic widescreen and the features you get are a commentary track from John Milius (!!!) (looking forward to hearing that one), a featurette called A MORAL RIGHT: THE POLITICS OF DIRTY HARRY (24 minutes, anamorphic widescreen), another one caled THE HERO COP: YESTERDAY AND TODAY (8 minute vintage behind the scenes doc, fullscreen) and trailers for all five DH films.

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