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A rape victim is exacting revenge on her agressors in a small town outside San Francisco. Dirty Harry, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

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Ray Parkins (as Audrie J. Neenan)
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Storyline

A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Dirty Harry is at it again. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Impacto fulminante  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$67,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The region in the chase sequence where Dirty Harry Calahan runs down a bank robber in a downtown business district was later destroyed by the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 17th October 1989. See more »

Goofs

When Harry "rips" a page from the teletype machine, it's clear that the page had already been separated. See more »

Quotes

Harry Callahan: [enters his darkened hotel room]
Harry's dog (Meat Head): [growls]
Harry Callahan: [flicks on the light to see a white English bulldog with a small card attached to him saying - A GIFT FOR YOU]
Harry Callahan: [looks at card]
[ENJOY - FROM HORACE]
Harry Callahan: Damn you, Horace!
Harry's dog (Meat Head): [starts spraying on the rug]
Harry Callahan: Swell.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

THIS SIDE OF FOREVER
Performed by Roberta Flack
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by DeWayne Blackwell (as Dewayne Blackwell)
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Harry's back from the brink
18 June 2001 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

The initial prospect of seeing 'Dirty Harry' part four was not an appetising one following the lacklustre 'The Enforcer'. I was plesently surprised that the film improved significantly on its predecessor, whilst adding something new to the franchise.

Firstly Harry spends the majority of the film in some quiet coastal town investigating a series of revenge murders. I was also surprised when Clint's famous 'make me day' line cropped up in this film, I was sure it was from something more famous.

Sudden Impact to me is certainly the third best Dirty Harry flick. The plot is an interesting twist for Harry to negotiate, and the 'real' bad guys are seen as three dimentional characters. The film does contain the staple set pieces seen in all the Dirty Harry films, and they don't disappoint. The scene with the mafia boss is Harry at his best/ worse depending on your politics. Harry still clashes with his superiors who refer to him as a 'dinosaur' but in this one Harry is more like a private detective and the cops don't show up at the last minute as per usual.

'Sudden Impact' is a worthy addition to the Dirty Harry cannon, and Roger Moore era Bond gags aside (The comedy dog, particularly), this film spiced up Harry when I questioned the future of the franchise at the end of part three. This is not to say that they should have gone on to part five- they shouldn't have. Ideally this would have been released in the seventies, with say Cybil Shepherd or Ellyn Burnstein in the main female role, as for me Sondra Lock doesn't quite cut it. It's nice to see Albert Popwell again too, see it, just don't go any further than this 1983 Harry adventure.

6/10 3/5


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