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Sudden Death (1985)

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A New York City career woman becomes a vigilante after being raped by two car thieves.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Coward ...
Valarie Wells
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Detective Marty Lowery
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Willie
Robert Trumbull ...
Herbert
Rebecca Hollen ...
Peggy
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Kosakowski
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Raphael
Arnie Mazer ...
Sailor
Gary Majchrazak ...
Reggie
Tony Jaffe ...
Van Driver
Doug McCoy ...
Cooch Elliot
Steve Wise ...
Bruce Ryan
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Detective Carter
Mischa Bogin ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Tim Roselle ...
Gun Salesman
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Valarie is a happy, successful career woman, engaged to a charming and handsome man. She drives a great car and lives in a beautiful apartment. Then one night she hails the wrong taxi. She is brutally raped by the two car thieves who were taking a joyride. They leave her on the sidewalk to die after they're done with her. When she recovers, her fiancée abandons her, and with the police unable to help much in tracking down her attackers, Valarie buys a gun and takes to the gritty streets after dark, luring and killing street thugs who accosted her while searching for the two thugs to get her revenge. She becomes known in the press as the 'Dum-Dum Killer' because of the hollow-point bullets she pattens out and uses. At the same time, she begins dating a sympathetic police detective, named Marty, who takes an interest in her rape case, while tracking down the 'Dum-Dum Killer', and when he begins to suspect her, he is torn between upholding the law and protecting his newest love interest. Written by Anonymous

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13 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harriet  »

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Valarie Wells: Any children?
Detective Marty Lowery: No, you?
Valarie Wells: I had one.
Detective Marty Lowery: You *had* one?
Valarie Wells: She was a hit and run victim, she was only 4 years old.
Detective Marty Lowery: They never got the driver?
Valarie Wells: No.
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Sudden Death
Performed by Bloodlines
Courtesy of Streetwise Records
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Female "Death Wish"
31 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film under the title "Dirty Harriet", which of course is completely wrong: the heroine is not a cop, but a vigilante (a more appropriate title would have been "Pauline Kersey"!). Anyway, "Sudden Death" is also pretty accurate, as that's exactly what most people who make the mistake of attacking her get in the second half of the film. The script is poor in several ways (the heroine becomes a cold-blooded killer too easily, even her first killing doesn't seem to shake her at all; her targets are also spotted too easily, it's like there is a sex maniac around every NYC street corner; the investigation of a male detective that she befriends feels a lot like padding), and the direction is strictly-by-the-numbers. Former Miss Australia Denise Coward (what an unfortunate name!) is not bad in the lead, but the film is nothing special. *1/2 out of 4.


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