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The Enforcer is the 1976 third film in the Dirty Harry series. Directed by James Fargo, it stars Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan, Tyne Daly as Inspector Kate Moore and DeVeren Bookwalter as terrorist leader/main antagonist Bobby Maxwell.

Plot

The film opens as two gas company men are lured by a scantily-clad lady to a remote spot and killed by a man, Bobby Maxwell (DeVeren Bookwalter). Maxwell's gang, The People's Revolutionary Strike Force (PRSF), later use the gas men's uniforms and vehicle in a heist.

Meanwhile, Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and his partner, Frank DiGeorgio (John Mitchum), are dispatched to a liquor store where a few men have taken four hostages. The standoff ends when Harry drives his squad car into the store and shoots up the gang. Back at the station, Harry is reprimanded for his 'Excessive use of force', the expenses on injured hostages and damage to the store and to his squad car, by his superior Captain McKay (Bradford Dillman), and is transferred from the Homicide unit to Personnel. Harry is part of judging the interview process for new inspectors the next day. Being told that three of eight new positions are going to be female, including Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), who has worked in Personnel for nine years, with no experience in homicide, having made no arrests nor having ever been in any violent situations. Harry is disapproving of her potential promotion to Inspector.

That night, the PRSF use the stolen gas service van to enter a U.S. Army weapons storage facility to steal weapons in support of their political goals. Meanwhile, DiGeorgio and another police officer find a dead guard at the facility and DiGeorgio looks around the warehouse for any suspicious activity. He eventually finds the terrorists and holds them at gunpoint, but Maxwell stabs him in the back. As he is collapsing, DiGeorgio shoots a female member of the gang. Despite protests of another gang member, Maxwell finishes her off and leaves DiGeorgio for dead.

The next morning at the hospital, with his last breath, DiGeorgio tells Callahan that the men were involved in a case several years before with "cutesy-pie, little boy names." DiGeorgio then dies of his stab wound. Inspector Moore is assigned as Harry's partner. Later in the day, a bomb explodes in the Hall of Justice and Callahan and Moore chase the PRSF bomber through the streets. Callahan obtains the help of Uhuru, the black militant group's leader "Big" Ed Mustapha (Albert Popwell), where the bomber had been a former member. Captain McKay later arrests the militants, as they are accused of the terrorist acts.

Eventually, just as they think the case is over, McKay, Moore and Callahan are about to be commended at the San Francisco City Hallmarker by the Mayor (John Crawford). Callahan then angrily reveals to the Mayor that Mustapha has been helping him in the case in front of many journalists. He is stupidly suspended by McKay and leaves City Hall, furious. Moore follows him. They have a walk through the city, chatting about their personal lives. Thereafter, Harry respects her diligence.

In their final desperate act, the PRSF kidnaps the Mayor of San Francisco while he is returning from a baseball (San Francisco Giants) game and Harry goes undercover to root out Maxwell, tracking the gang to their hideout at Alcatraz Islandmarker. Soon enough, a shootout ensues between the two parties. Moore is briefly distracted when she sees Harry about to get shot by Maxwell and she yells for him to move. This saves Harry's life but, sadly, causes the end of hers when Maxwell shoots her. The mayor is saved when Maxwell is obliterated by Harry with a M72 LAW rocket. All the terrorists are killed, but, once again, Harry loses another partner.

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Box office performance

The film made a total of $46,236,000 in U.S. theaters. Overall this figure made it the most profitable of the Dirty Harry series for seven years until the release of Sudden Impact.

Production notes

  • The working title was Moving Target, while another was Dirty Harry III.
  • In 1980, a writer sued Eastwood for plagiarism, accusing him of taking the title of the film from one of his works. Eastwood maintained that he was inspired by the 1951 Humphrey Bogart film, The Enforcer, which was also distributed by Warner Bros. The case was dismissed.
  • The two militant organizations depicted in the film — the People's Revolutionary Strike Force and Uhuru — were modeled on two real-life militant groups, the Symbionese Liberation Army, which kidnapped Patricia Hearst, and the Black Panther Party.
  • Throughout the film, several characters refer to the LAW rocket. This is the real-world M72 anti-tank weapon. The type depicted in the film is the M72A1, used during the Vietnam War.
  • Harry's new partner, Inspector Kate Moore, mentions Harry's previous partners who have died — Fanducci, who was mentioned in Dirty Harry, and Early Smith in Magnum Force. Another of Harry's partners, Chico Gonzalez, was injured during the events of the first film and left the police force to become a teacher.
  • Recurring characters Lieutenant Bressler (Harry Guardino) and Frank DiGeorgio (John Mitchum) reprise their roles for the last time in a Dirty Harry film. Bressler was Harry's boss in the first film of the series, while DiGeorgio appeared in the previous two. A new character, Captain Jerome McKay (Bradford Dillman), was introduced as Harry's superior officer. Dillman played a similar role, Captain Briggs, in Sudden Impact.
  • The music score for The Enforcer was written by Jerry Fielding, making The Enforcer the only Dirty Harry film without a score by Lalo Schifrin.
  • A brief scene inside San Francisco's City Hall was filmed outside Suite 200, then-Mayor George Moscone's office. The first film was filmed inside Suite 200, when Joseph Alioto was mayor.
  • This was originally intended to be the last "Dirty Harry" film of a trilogy. A poll conducted by Warner Bros in 1983 led to the development of a fourth film, Sudden Impact and the resurrection of the film series.
  • "The Enforcer" and Eastwood's first "Dirty Harry" films were the inspiration for two handgun patents issued to Roger C. Field, and .


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