The Enforcer (1976)
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ABOUT THE MOVIE
The third installment of five in the “Dirty Harry” franchise starring Clint Eastwood.
This time around, Tyne Daly joins the force as Inspector Kate Moore, and DeVeren Bookwalter as terrorist leader Bobby Maxwell along with Harry Guardino. This was also the last in the series where John Mitchum was featured as Inspector Frank DiGiorgio.
The first script was written in 1974 by two young San Francisco-area film students, Gail Morgan Hickman and S.W. Schurr, with the title Moving Target.
After seeing Dirty Harry and Magnum Force, the two fledgling writers decided to pen a screenplay of their own featuring the character of Inspector Harry Callahan.
Inspired by the Patty Hearst kidnapping in 1974, the storyline had Inspector Harry Callahan going up against a violent militant group reminiscent of the Symbionese Liberation Army. In the script, the militants kidnap and ransom the mayor of San Francisco.
The movie was budgeted at 9 million dollars and brought in over 46 million dollars at the box office.