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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.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Harry Julian Fink (characters), Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Joe Bellan ... Burly Detective
Wendell Wellman ... Tyrone
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Storyline

A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to the small town of San Paulo, which is further down the coast. When Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) 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 .44 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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Taglines:

Dirty Harry is at it again. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The original working title was "The Killing Ground". See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot of the movie, the car is parked in the middle of the road. In the next shot, the car is parked to the left hand side of the road. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Donnelly: Helluva way to spend the night off, Harry!
Harry Callahan: You joining the act, too?
Lt. Donnelly: No, for chrissakes! Back off a little! I'm worried about your ass. You're either gonna get it shot off or kicked outta here!
Harry Callahan: So what else is new?
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Alternate Versions

Just like with the previous movies, the 5.1 DVD/Blu-ray remix replaces a bunch of sound effects (mostly gunshots) with more modern ones. However, in addition to that right before the carnival shootout at the end, originally when Harry was approaching the villains, the music had a very loud screeching sound, but the remix completely removes it. (but remains intact on the soundtrack and foreign mono tracks) See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Minoriteam: El día gigante (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

THIS SIDE OF FOREVER
Performed by Roberta Flack
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by DeWayne Blackwell (as Dewayne Blackwell)
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User Reviews

 
Harry is at it again
4 September 2003 | by chvylvr80See 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,642,693
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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