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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 Paul Drake ... Mick
Audrie Neenan ... Ray Parkins (as Audrie J. Neenan)
Jack Thibeau ... Kruger
Michael Currie 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dirty Harry is at it again. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impacto fulminante See more »

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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 | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Of the five "Dirty Harry" movies, it was this movie that used the catchphrase "Go ahead, make my day", whereupon it became synonymous with the Harry Callahan character and became popularized into the vernacular of popular culture. Although Clint Eastwood made the phrase "Go ahead, make my day" famous, it was originally used a year earlier by Gary Swanson in Vice Squad (1982). Swanson, who played a Hollywood vice cop, said the line, "Go ahead, scumbag, make my day", to Wings Hauser, who played a pimp, during a bust. The quote is often erroneously attributed by most people to be from the first movie of this franchise, Dirty Harry (1971). The phrase was also voted in a 2005 poll by the American Film Institute as the number six most memorable line in movie history. The phrase was so well publicized and became so popular that many members of the public knew about it by the time the movie opened. See more »

Goofs

During the coffee shop scene, Loretta has a pencil above her ear that disappears and then reappears. See more »

Quotes

Mick: [holding Jennifer's handgun] Oh, is this what you had in mind for me?
[cackles evilly]
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Alternate Versions

Initially banned in Sweden. Then later released with over 10 minutes of footage cut. The DVD version is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Last Action Hero (1993) 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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Great guns
24 August 2003 | by IspybeeperSee all my reviews

The Dirty Harry series are great films. Forget reality and political correctness, just enjoy the films. Like the rest of the series the formula is perfect in Sudden Impact, a great actor delivering action, humour, thrills and excitement.


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