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Sudden Impact -- Clint Eastwood breaks all his prior records as he reprises his classic role as "Dirty Harry" Callahan. This time, Harry tracks down a revenge-obsessed murderess while local mobsters.
Sudden Impact -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
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Release Date:
9 December 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Two killers are at large. One of them is Dirty Harry. [Video] See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Poor - I blame her See more (130 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Harry Callahan

Sondra Locke ... Jennifer Spencer

Pat Hingle ... Chief Jannings

Bradford Dillman ... Captain Briggs
Paul Drake ... Mick
Audrie Neenan ... Ray Parkins (as Audrie J. Neenan)
Jack Thibeau ... Kruger
Michael Currie ... Lt. Donnelly
Albert Popwell ... Horace King
Mark Keyloun ... Officer Bennett

Kevyn Major Howard ... Hawkins

Bette Ford ... Leah
Nancy Parsons ... Mrs. Kruger
Joe Bellan ... Burly Detective

Wendell Wellman ... Tyrone
Mara Corday ... Loretta - Coffee Shop Waitress

Russ McCubbin ... Eddie
Robert Sutton ... Carl

Nancy Fish ... Historical Society Woman

Carmen Argenziano ... D'Ambrosia
Lisa Britt ... Elizabeth
Bill Reddick ... Police Commissioner
Lois De Banzie ... Judge (as Lois de Banzie)
Matthew Child ... Alby

Mike Johnson ... Assassin (as Michael Johnson)

Nick Dimitri ... Assassin
Michael Maurer ... George Wilburn
Pat DuVal ... Bailiff
Christian Phillips ... Hawkin's Crony
Steven Kravitz ... Hawkin's Crony
Dennis Royston ... Young Guy
Melvin Thompson ... Young Guy

Jophery C. Brown ... Young Guy (as Jophery Brown)
William Upton ... Young Guy (as Bill Upton)
Lloyd Nelson ... Desk Sergeant
Christopher Pray ... Detective Jacobs

James McEachin ... Detective Barnes
Maria Lynch ... Hostess
Ken Lee ... Loomis
Morgan Upton ... Bartender
John X. Heart ... Uniform Policeman
David Gonzales ... Gang Member
Albert Martinez ... Gang Member
David Rivers ... Gang Member
Robert Rivers ... Gang Member
Harry Demopoulos ... Dr. Barton (as Harry Demopoulos M.D.)

Lisa London ... Young Hooker
Tom Spratley ... Senior Man
Eileen Wiggins ... Hysterical Female Customer
John Nowak ... Bank Robber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bleifer ... Old Man on Tour Bus (uncredited)
Christine Card ... Dancer at Wedding (uncredited)

Michael V. Gazzo ... Threlkis (uncredited)

Conrad Hurtt ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Camryn Manheim ... Girl in Elevator (uncredited)

Dihlon McManne ... Cop (uncredited)
Meathead ... Bull Dog (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink)

Joseph Stinson (screenplay) (as Joseph C. Stinson)

Earl E. Smith (story) &
Charles B. Pierce (story)

Dean Riesner  uncredited

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Fritz Manes .... executive producer
Steve Perry .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist (as Barbara Guedell)
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
 
Production Management
Steve Perry .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Moen .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom man
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
 
Stunts
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Jadie David .... stunts (as Jade David)
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Kristy Horak .... stunts
Jack Lilley .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts
Fritz Manes .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts (as Paula Moody)
George Orrison .... stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts
Al Silvani .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne VanHorn)
Chuck Waters .... stunts
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... bestboy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Jeff Miller .... camera assistant
Marsha Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Johnny Walker .... camera assistant (as John Walker)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting executive
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Sue Moore .... wardrobe: women
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain
Cliff Hill .... transportation coordinator
H. William Miller .... transportation captain (as Bill Miller)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producers
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary (as Linda Sony)
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Jim Porter .... first aid
Rik Converse .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dirty Harry 4" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
117 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2010) | Chile:18 | Colombia:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1993) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1984) | France:12 | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (Blu-ray rating) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1988) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1984-2003) (cinema release) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (heavily cut) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27193) | West Germany:18 (BPjM restricted)

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Trivia:
The screenplay was originally written for a non-Dirty Harry film with Sondra Locke. However, this script, by Earl E. Smith and Charles B. Pierce, was later re-written by Joseph Stinson into this 'Dirty Harry' movie.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Harry arrives at the fairground to confront the villains at the movie's climax. But he wouldn't have known where they were going to be.See more »
Quotes:
Mick:[while beating up Callahan with his men] Hot shot cop! Your ass is *mine*!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Growing Pains: Pilot (#1.1)" (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
THIS SIDE OF FOREVERSee more »

FAQ

How many Dirty Harry movies are there?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Poor - I blame her, 25 October 2007
Author: Neil Welch from United Kingdom

As a Dirty Harry fan since the first one hit the cinemas in 1971, I somehow managed to miss this one until it was on TV last night. I thought the first one was great, the second was an interesting reversal of viewpoint, and the 3rd and 5th were adequate action thrillers.

So what of the 4th? I never shared Eastwood's fascination with Sondra Locke, and that's probably the reason why I never caught this movie until last night. So what did I find?

I found a rape/revenge movie which, when all was said and done, didn't need Harry Callahan in it at all.

I found Harry's activities pretty nearly exclusively limited to a) the usual falling out with authority (mostly plot-relevant) and b) the usual quasi-vigilante schtick - normally limited to a single encounter early on (viz, the diner in this movie) to establish character, but here repeated seemingly without end and with hardly any plot relevance.

I found a film full of unsympathetic characters.

I found an irritating unconvincing cackling psycho and an irritating unconvincing foul-mouthed dyke.

I found an irrelevant farting dog.

I found the usual atmospheric San Franciso locations replaced with a new but decidedly unatmospheric location, presumably 10 minutes down the road from Carmel so that Eastwood could nip home for lunch and Council meetings.

I found a great deal of unpleasantly misogynistic violence. And

I found Sondra Locke, who I didn't like any more in this film than I did in Josey Wales, Any Which Way 1 and 2, The Gauntlet, zzzzz.....

I'm glad Harry came back once more after this. The Dead Pool wasn't a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it was noticeably better than this mess.

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