Film Review – MAGNUM FORCE (1973)

Magnum Force (1973; USA; Technicolor; 124m) ∗∗∗  d. Ted Post; w. John Milius, Michael Cimino; ph. Frank Stanley; m. Lalo Schifrin.  Cast: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, David Soul, Robert Urich, Mitch Ryan, Felton Perry, Tim Matheson, Margaret Avery, Kip Niven, Christine White, Maurice Argent, Richard Devon, Tony Giorgio, Jack Kosslyn, Bob McClurg. Eastwood’s Inspector Harry Callahan is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city’s undesirables. Sequel to DIRTY HARRY lacks the punch of the original and suffers from a sluggish pace at times. However, the set pieces are well-handled by experienced director Post and Eastwood commands the screen in his signature role. Soul makes an impression in an early career appearance. Film debut of Urich. Followed by THE ENFORCER (1976). [18]