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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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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
... 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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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 film's famous "Go ahead, make my day" line went on to be immortalized by the American Presidency when then U.S. President Ronald Reagan used it in a key address when he said, "I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers. Go ahead--make my day." This was on March 13, 1985, in a speech threatening to veto legislation raising taxes at the American Business Conference. See more »

Goofs

Bradford Dillman, who played Capt. McKay in the previous film _The Enforcer_, seems to be playing the exact same character here, except he's named Capt. Briggs. Even more confusing is that Briggs was the name of _Hal Holbrook_'s ill-fated lieutenant in the second Dirty Harry film _Magnum Force_. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Spencer: So what now?
Harry Callahan: Now, I guess I'll have to...
Jennifer Spencer: [cutting him off] read me my rights? And where was all this concern for my rights when I was being beaten and mauled? And where were my sister's rights when she was being *brutalized*? There is a thing called justice Callahan, and is it justice that they should all just walk away?
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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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Between this and The Dead Pool for worst Dirty Harry movie
12 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's between this and The Dead Pool for worst Dirty Harry movie.

The fourth Dirty Harry movie (of five, ultimately). A woman (played by Sondra Locke) is killing off, one by one, the men who raped her and her sister several years previously. Harry Calahan (played by Clint Eastwood, of course) is on the case, but due to his law enforcement methods, there are a few criminals after him. Eventually he is sent to a small seaside town to track down some leads on the murders...

This movie really doesn't add anything to the Dirty Harry story (except that he exchanges his 44 Magnum revolver for a 44 Magnum pistol...). It feels clichéd, forced, unoriginal and predictable. Even Eastwood seems to be going through the motions.

On that note, the other performances aren't anything to write home about either. Sondra Locke is weak and unconvincing as the vigilante, Pat Hindle plays stereotypical small town sheriff and the bad guys are all one-dimensional.

The Dirty Harry series should have ended after three movies.


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