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Buddy Van Horn
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
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[Horace King Fires two shotgun blasts a the target]
Not bad, my ass! You've got to strain the remains for the fingerprints.
Well, this is the .44 Magnum Auto-Mag and it hold a 300-grain cartridge. And, if properly used, it can remove the fingerprints.
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Possibly the weakest of the Dirty Harry quintuplets, directed by Eastwood and co-starring Mrs Eastwood (at the time), the talented but under-utilised Sondra Locke who plays a sort of female Charles Bronson a la "Death Wish". If you look beyond the Dirty Harry brand, this violent revenge flick is really not unlike many others of its ilk that were briefly in vogue in the early eighties ("I Spit on Your Grave", "Ms. 45" et al). If you're familiar with those pictures, then you'll know what to expect from "Sudden Impact".
Eastwood is essentially a bystander, although he does have the pre-title sequence to dispatch a few nincompoops and to remind us that Harry Callahan has lost none of his zest for life in the intervening seven year itch since "The Enforcer".
Interesting cast appear mostly in cameos, aside from corrupt cop Pat Hingle, veterans Mara Corday, Bradford Dillman, Michael V.Gazzo, Nick Dmitri and Carmen Argenziano beef up the talent, while Albert Popwell makes it four different characters in each of the Dirty Harry films to this point. Unremarkable picture, very much a vestige of the early 80's fusion of police action and urban thriller.
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