Review: ‘The Enforcer’

The bad guys in this third installment from Dirty Harry's life include not only the archly defined criminals (here, DeVeren Bookwalter and a group of post-Vietnam gun crazies), but also his police and political superiors - like Bradford Dillman, captain of detectives, and John Crawford, whose characterization of the mayor is one of the few highlights. Harry Guardino has the role of a weak-kneed detective.

The bad guys in this third installment from Dirty Harry’s life include not only the archly defined criminals (here, DeVeren Bookwalter and a group of post-Vietnam gun crazies), but also his police and political superiors – like Bradford Dillman, captain of detectives, and John Crawford, whose characterization of the mayor is one of the few highlights. Harry Guardino has the role of a weak-kneed detective.

Tyne Daly’s casting as a femme cop injects some predictable, but enjoyable, male chauvinism sparks in dialog between her and Clint Eastwood.

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.

The Enforcer

Production

Warner. Director James Fargo; Producer Robert Daley; Screenplay Stirling Silliphant, Dean Reisner; Camera Charles W. Short; Editor Ferris Webster, Joel Cox; Music Jerry Fielding; Art Director Allen E. Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Clint Eastwood Harry Guardino Bradford Dillman John Mitchum DeVeren Bookwalter Tyne Daly
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