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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.

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

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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