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The Enforcer

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dirty Harry sequel addresses sexism; lots of violence.

Movie R 1976 96 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+


Great movie amazing actor clint Eastwood this is one of his best I love this movie there is violence swearing and sexual references and female nudity but is great 13+ can watch

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The cop who hates criminals and his bosses almost equally is a meme that is coming into its own by this third installment in the Dirty Harry series. Eastwood brings both humor and social criticism to his trigger-happy, super-competent cop. He shows prejudices -- in this instance, a fear that inexperienced women cops will jeopardize their own safety and the safety of other cops just so the department can claim it's unbiased. Law-and-order conservative that he seems to be, Harry makes a point of treating all bad guys the same and believing in the equality of the races at a time when many cops weren't quite so enlightened. Perhaps the most interesting moment in the movie comes when an African-American leader tells Harry that he is putting "his ass on the line for a bunch of dudes" -- that is, powerful white men -- who don't like Harry any better than they like black militants. Harry replies that he's not doing it for them. So who does he risk his life for everyday? His reply is tantalizing: "You wouldn't believe me if I told you." And nothing more is said about that through the rest of the movie. C'mon, Harry. Who do you do it for?

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