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Sudden Impact (1983)

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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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Audrie Neenan ...
Ray Parkins (as Audrie J. Neenan)
Jack Thibeau ...
Kruger
Michael Currie ...
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Officer Bennett
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Leah
Nancy Parsons ...
Joe Bellan ...
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Tyrone
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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 <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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Action | Thriller

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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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 »

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When Jennifer visits her exhibition and approaches the woman in the purple dress, reflections of two male crew members can be seen in the acrylic glass on the right, one of which quickly kneels to hide from the shot. See more »

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Burly Detective: What do ya think, a gang hit, screwed-up drug score, unlucky John, or an unhappy love affair? Huh? Don't tell me this shit's gettin' to ya. Not Harry Callahan. Say it ain't so.
Harry Callahan: No, this stuff isn't gettin' to me. The knifings, the beatings, old ladies being bashed in the head for their Social Security checks, teachers being thrown out of a fourth-floor window because they don't give As, that doesn't bother me a bit.
Burly Detective: Come on, Harry. Take it easy.
Harry Callahan: Or this job, either. Having to wade through the ...
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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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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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