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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Callahan
... Jennifer Spencer
... Chief Jannings
... Captain Briggs
Paul Drake ... Mick
... Ray Parkins (as Audrie J. Neenan)
Jack Thibeau ... Kruger
Michael Currie ... Lt. Donnelly
... Horace King
Mark Keyloun ... Officer Bennett
... Hawkins
... Leah
... Mrs. Kruger
Joe Bellan ... Burly Detective
... Tyrone
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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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Dirty Harry is at it again. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Impacto fulminante  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,688,561, 11 December 1983

Gross USA:

$67,642,693
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The three leads Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke and Pat Hingle also worked together in the earlier Eastwood action movie The Gauntlet (1977). Both were directed by Clint Eastwood. See more »

Goofs

When Harry is target shooting outdoors, the target in the long shots is in shadow under trees, but upon close-ups it is clearly in full sunlight. See more »

Quotes

Harry Callahan: [Turning around, pointing his gun at Horace's nose] Good morning, Horace.
Horace King: Sweet Sister Sadie, where the hell did you get that?
Harry Callahan: I've had it a while. I just thought I'd get used to it.
Horace King: I heard about the car. Fabulous, coming after you in tanks.
Harry Callahan: Yeah, ther're making those these days. For sheiks and business executives, hoods. Impregnable to about anything but artillery.
Horace King: Well, you got that covered.
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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 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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