Magnum Force Movie Review (1973) – An Excellent Sequel?

I’m a massive Clint Eastwood fan and love the Dirty Harry series of films. I’ve already taken a look at the first film so now its time for the second. Have you seen the movie Magnum Force?  How about on Blu-ray? If you are thinking of purchasing it here is my Magnum Force movie review.

This is of course the sequel to hugely successful 1971 film Dirty Harry, this time Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) has to deal with a series of murders of mobsters, pimps & drug lords, which are carried out by motorcycle cops.

The film starts off with Harry having to deal with a plane hijacking, which is highly amusing and I bet you can guess the outcome of the hijackers!!!

As with the first film Dirty Harry there are plenty of great lines especially when Harry is talking to his boss Briggs (Hal Holbrook).

For example whilst Harry & Briggs are talking to a senior officer it goes like this:

Callahan: Am I going to have him leaning over my shoulder (Briggs)

Senior Office: Look you work with Briggs on this Callahan, but if you ever lean out of line I’ll flop you lower than whale shit.

Callahan: Speaking of whale shit what have you turned up Briggs?

I won’t give away the ending for those of you who have never seen it, but let’s just say it’s explosive!

The first film is my favourite but Magnum Force delivers in every aspect as well, it’s another classic in my opinion.  Where the first film was criticised for the violent way Harry Callahan deals with the criminals element, Magnum Force attempts to redress the balance.  Here we have a rogue element within the Police force prepared to cross a line that Harry will not.

The score is great but this will come as no surprise when it just happens to be done by the great Lalo Schifrin.

Conclusion: Magnum Force Movie Review (Blu-ray)

Magnum Force stands the test of time and is still as powerful piece of film-making as it was upon release. The first Dirty Harry film just has the edge over this one but to be honest they are both excellent.  Great news as it has had the Blu-ray treament and looks fantastic so I would recommend you watch it off the Blu-ray if you have the chance.

With all the Dirty Harry films having been out on Blu-ray for a little while you can pick up all five in a box set for around £17 / $40Recommended Films

So what is my movie rating for Magnum Force (1973)?

  • Movie Rating: RECOMMENDED
  • Blu-ray Picture & Sound: EXCELLENT


The movie looks great, credit to Warner Bros who have done a good job. Go ahead and purchase it will make your day.

Magnum Force is available to now on Blu-ray.



Film Trailer

Take a look and listen to the into titles, where you can hear a famous line along with Lalo Schifrin’s great music!

I’ll leave you with the Magnum Force trailer…

I hope you are enjoying our suggested movies series, as there’s lots more to come. So go ahead make my day!

Final Thought

That conlcudes my Magnum Force movie review. Surely you agree it’s a must see film? What did you think of the film or my review?  Are you a fan of Clint Eastwood movies?  Let us know by subscribing and leaving a comment.

If you enjoyed my Magnum Force movie review then take a look at our Dirty Harry review.

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Magnum Force (1973) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): Ted Post

Actor(s): Clint Eastwood

Genre: Action

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Eastwood is on fine form in Magnum Force the sequel to classic Dirty Harry, so another great movie!