RE: RARA-AVIS: Callahan.

Date: 25 Nov 2000

Yes, Eastwood's Callahan picked up the Spillane tradition of violence, with some differences. The enemy behind the criminals had changed somewhat, from the mob or commies or corrupt business to media-conscious politicians and officers, bolstered by new Miranda-style laws, unscrupulous lawyers, and courts that would release murderers on a technicality. Circumstances seemed to call for extra- legal measures, vigilante action. Callahan throws his badge away after dispatching Scorpio (a gesture repeating the end of High Noon). The next film, as I remember (title escapes me--Magnum Force?), tried to balance the account by pitting Harry against vigilante cops who were inspired by the actions of one Dirty Harry. That one's very good too.

The Death Wish series (Charles Bronson) also hung on the vigilante theme, but with less misgiving. How to reclaim your neighborhood through massive fire power.

Bill Hagen

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