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.
Plot Keywords: bare-breasts / moral-dilemma / rape-and-revenge / implied-sex / hot-dog
Taglines: Two killers are at large. One of them is Dirty Harry. [Video]
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Cast: Clint Eastwood , Sondra Locke , Pat Hingle , Bradford Dillman , Paul Drake , Audrie Neenan , Jack Thibeau , Michael Currie , Albert Popwell , Mark Keyloun , Kevyn Major Howard , Bette Ford , Nancy Parsons , Joe Bellan , Wendell Wellman , Mara Corday , Russ McCubbin , Robert Sutton , Nancy Fish , Carmen Argenziano , Lisa Britt , Bill Reddick , Lois De Banzie , Matthew Child , Mike Johnson , Nick Dimitri , Michael Maurer , Pat DuVal , Christian Phillips , Steven Kravitz , Dennis Royston , Melvin Thompson , Jophery C. Brown , William Upton , Lloyd Nelson , Christopher Pray , James McEachin , Maria Lynch , Ken Lee , Morgan Upton , John X. Heart , David Gonzales , Albert Martinez , David Rivers , Robert Rivers , Harry Demopoulos , Lisa London , Tom Spratley , Eileen Wiggins , John Nowak , John Bleifer , Christine Card , Michael V. Gazzo , Conrad Hurtt , Camryn Manheim , Dihlon McManne , Meathead
Company: Warner Bros.
Country: United States
Released Date: 09 Dec 1983 (Australia)
Film Location: Monterey Bay, California, USA
Runtime: 117 min
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
Jonathon Dabell » Sudden Impact is the most unusual of the five Dirty Harry movies, but that doesn't make it the best. However, after the rather flat and comic-book heroics of the third film, The Enforcer, it's good to see some changes to the formula. Sudden Impact is quite a dark, moody piece of cinema with big emphasis on character. Yes, there's action, but the action in this one is only one piece of the jigsaw whereas in some of the other Dirty Harry outings the action was everything.
Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is in hot water with his superiors for carrying out an illegal search on a suspicious car. The young thugs he arrested are released because of the lack of evidence, and they set out to take revenge on Harry. However, Harry is a tough nut to crack – and pretty soon he is striking back in his own destructive style. Harry's boss decides to get Harry out of town for a while to avoid further bloodshed, so he assigns him to a quiet murder investigation in an isolated coastal town. Harry pieces together the mystery and discovers that the killer is a female artist (Locke) who is bumping off a bunch of drop-outs who gang-raped her and her sister years previously. Should he arrest her for the killings, or should he turn a blind eye and let her do away with these repellent scum-bags?
The film is probably the second best in the series (the original is always going to be considered the best). Peculiarly, it is the only Dirty Harry movie upon which Eastwood also doubled up as director. It isn't a whole success, with some needless scenes (what's the point of the sequence detailing the hold-up of a coffee shop?) and a couple of overly hammy performances by the main villains (especially the trailer trash redhead). On the whole, though, this is a very interesting and unusual addition to the series which gets by on the strength of being totally different to all the other four episodes.
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