Magnum Force

Magnum Force (1973)

4 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: The bomb planted in Harry's mailbox is set to explode when the mailbox is opened. So why does it need a timer attached to it?


Correction: As a backup detonator.


Corrected entry: During the final scenes of the film, Clint Eastwood in his Ford is being tailed by a policeman on a motorcycle. The policeman pulls out his gun and fires a few shots with his right hand. The motorcycle's throttle is on the right hand side of the handlebars, but still this bloke somehow maintains speed.

Correction: Some law enforcement agencies in the US used motorbikes with a left handed throttle for such use. There are also throttle locks.

Corrected entry: During Davis' combat pistol round, we see him shoot a standup target from the target's perspective. He fires twice, but we see a second bullet hole pop out before the second shot is fired for a total of three holes from only two bullets.

Correction: The target was shot at once prior to the camera cutting to the target's perspective, so in total it was hit 3 times with 3 bullets, thus the 3 holes.


Corrected entry: During the final car chase, there are multiple sets of skid marks on the winding road from previous takes.

Correction: This type of "mistake" has been posted and corrected for numerous different movies. This is San Francisco, where tire tracks on the street are not entirely unusual. It isn't all that unusual to see tire tracks on the switchback part of Vermont Street, on which part of the car chase happens.


Visible crew/equipment: After the pimp is stopped by the policeman on the motorcycle and shot, the camera pulls back showing the pimp's arm lolling through the car window and the reflection of the camera crew moving about on the back, driver's side wing.

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Sunny: What does a girl have to do to go to bed with you?
Harry Callahan: Try knocking on the door.

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Trivia: Clint Eastwood was initially asked to direct, but declined. Ted Post, who had previously directed Eastwood in Hang 'Em High, stepped into the director's seat. However, interviews with Eastwood have indicated that he and second unit director Buddy Van Horn actually directed more of this movie than Post did, due to a number of creative differences. Eastwood and Van Horn would go on to direct the final two entries in the Dirty Harry series, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool, respectively.

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Question: I understand the concept of spelling mistakes and an editor accidentally missing them, especially for an unknown actor's name. But how did "Callahan" end up getting misspelled when it was spelled correctly in the first film? Has any reason been given? Or if there someone with general knowledge of how end credits are produced, is there no editor?


Chosen answer: The error didn't necessarily start with the makers of the credits. It could have crept into the process at any point. Whoever typed up the names to give them to the technicians who made the credits could have misspelled the name.

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