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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Dirty Harry Hit 'Magnum Force,' Starring Clint Eastwood

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 7, 2013 at 11:16AM

Go Ahead, Make My Day! week continues at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Magnum Force," the second of the Dirty Harry movies, starring Clint Eastwood.
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Clint Eastwood in "Magnum Force"
Clint Eastwood in "Magnum Force"

Go Ahead, Make My Day! week continues at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Magnum Force," the second of the Dirty Harry movies, starring Clint Eastwood.

The title "Magnum Force" reflects the contributions of screenwriter and firearms fan John Milius, who was rewritten by a pre-Deer Hunter Michael Cimino. Director Ted Post, who had worked with Eastwood on Hang 'em High and tv's Rawhide, found the star more contentious at this stage of his career and claimed their disputes during production harmed the film. But boxoffice results topped the original.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.