Reviews of Dirty Harry (1971) and related work

Dirty Harry (1971Moving picture, 102 minutes)

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Magnum Force (1973Moving picture, 124 minutes)

Probably the franchise’s best underlying concept, but the ideological conflict is a wasted opportunity to craft a more interesting philosophy for Harry. Without such underpinnings, the whole thing is doomed to stay at the level of (enjoyable) unfocused gun-nut badassery, unwilling even to go the distance into Hard-Boiled (1992) territory.

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The Enforcer (1976Moving picture, 96 minutes)

Some great facial expressions on Harry. Alas, the showdown is moronically explosive. There’s a surprisingly good bummer ending after that; society folds easily and the good die young. Classic conservative fears.

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Sudden Impact (1983Moving picture, 117 minutes)

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The Dead Pool (1988Moving picture, 91 minutes)

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