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Sudden Impact (1983)

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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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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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Two killers are at large. One of them is Dirty Harry. [Video] See more »

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Impacto fulminante  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$67,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Of the five 'Dirty Harry' movies, it was this film that used the catchphrase "Go ahead, make my day" whereupon it became synonymous with the Harry Calahan character and became popularized into the vernacular of popular culture. Although Clint Eastwood made the phrase "Go ahead, make my day" famous, it was originally used a year earlier by actor Gary Swanson in the movie Vice Squad (1982). Swanson, who played a Hollywood vice cop, said the line, "Go ahead, scumbag, make my day," to actor Wings Hauser, who played a pimp, during a bust. The quote is often erroneously attributed by most people to be from the first movie of this series, Dirty Harry (1971). The phrase was also voted in a 2005 poll by the American Film Institute as the No. #6 most memorable line in cinema history. The phrase was so well publicized and became so popular that many members of the public knew about it by the time the movie opened. See more »

Goofs

The bulldog changes sex; when urinating in Harry's room it is a male, yet when it warns Harry about the hitman behind the door it is a female. See more »

Quotes

Mick: [holding Jennifer's handgun] Oh, is this what you had in mind for me?
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THIS SIDE OF FOREVER
Performed by Roberta Flack
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by DeWayne Blackwell (as Dewayne Blackwell)
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A strange and surreal look at Dirty Harry
29 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

With Harry Callahan getting up in years, the inevitable `old man with a chip on his shoulder' story had to come into play eventually. Callahan, looking fragile sometimes and out of place, his demeanor still was unwavering. Thankfully, this film took some time off to develop a different type of story, one that might reinvent the Dirty Harry and the whole genre. While the film fell short in doing so, it was still an excellent addition to the series, even if it was getting a little out of place during a time of silly fashion trends and New Wave music.


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