Directed by James Fargo (Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Forced Vengeance (1982)).
Written by Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night (1967), Village of the Damned (1960)), Dean Riesner (Coogan’s Bluff (1968), Dirty Harry (1971)), Gail Morgan Hickman (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), Murphy’s Law (1986)) and S.W.Schurr.
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, John Mitchum, Jocelyn Jones, Nick Pellegrino, Rudy Ramos, and others.
I love how in these movies every time Harry pulls some crazy stunt, the higher-ups are surprised by it and tell him that if he does something like that one more time, he’s suspended. He doesn’t care, because we all know, that, come the next movie, he’s still going to be in the force.
This time around not much has changed, Eastwood still talks through clenched teeth and has even more anger-wrinkles on his forehead, you probably could use his scowl as a cheese-grater. After Harry’s latest incident, he is sent exactly where a guy that basically hates people should be – taking the examinations from new officers.
Now Harry has a new partner, an old fat guy. But he dies from either oldness, fatness or bullet-wound, I can’t recall. So Harry gets another partner right away and guess what? It’s a girl! Yikes, some silly shenanigans are bound to ensue. This time, however, the movie turns into a buddy-cop movie. „He – a maverick cop, with his own vision of justice, she – a fucking woman.”
Yet, for such a ruthless guy, Harry has a very strict moral code and disappointingly you see him getting older and softer. He doesn’t even execute that many thugs, he mostly just shoots them in self-defense. The new partner chick is like every woman, melts in Harry’s hands and Harry warms up to her way too early. Daly is quite good as a strong female supporting character.
There’s a pretty cool foot chase, set to a jazz score. During which, at one point they crash into a porn set, so you get some both gender nudity. And another nice scene is at the end where a shoot-out takes place at Alcatraz.
Overall, well-paced and more or less entertaining, but not substantial enough other than „Hey, look at Harry in this situation!”, so it’s not very interesting, but Eastwood is a reason enough to see. I’d say this is the worst in the Dirty Harry series, but worst in good series is not that bad. I don’t know, recommended if you want to see Eastwood or all Dirty Harry movies, otherwise, you can easily skip this.