Sudden Impact (1983)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  9 December 1983 (USA)
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A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake ...
Audrie Neenan ...
Ray Parkins (as Audrie J. Neenan)
Jack Thibeau ...
Michael Currie ...
Albert Popwell ...
Mark Keyloun ...
Officer Bennett
Nancy Parsons ...
Joe Bellan ...
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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 <>

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Dirty Harry is at it again. See more »


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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Impacto fulminante  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$67,600,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The only Dirty Harry film where Callahan doesn't have a partner. See more »


Camera crew visible in reflection on car when Harry's partner sneaks up on him during target practise. See more »


Police Commissioner: I think it would be wise if the Inspector took some time off.
Harry Callahan: Are you suspending me, sir?
Police Commissioner: No, I'm saying you take a vacation until this cools off.
Harry Callahan: But I'm not up for a vacation!
Police Commissioner: Callahan, I'm not going to fence with you. Take a few days off.
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Performed by Roberta Flack
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by DeWayne Blackwell (as Dewayne Blackwell)
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Harry is at it again
4 September 2003 | by (Northridge, California) – See all my reviews

Sudden Impact is the 4th of the Dirty Harry films and one of the best traits of these films is that they don't really degrade in quality from one film to the next. Thus, Sudden Impact provides another thrill ride through the life of Dirty Harry Callahan. This time Harry attempts to solve a series of murders while on vacation. Harry's always on the job it seems. Clint Eastwood plays Harry as he plays all his men of action, slow, deliberate, and without fear. As the first of the Dirty Harry films to be made in the 80's, Sudden Impact lacks a bit of the 70's feel that characterizes the first three films. This doesn't mean that it's quality is any less. Bottom Line: Brimming with intensity and action, Sudden Impact is another worthy addition to the Dirty Harry series.

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