SUDDEN IMPACT (Theatrical Release USA 1983)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

Sudden Impact—
the fourth installment of the Dirty Harry films—performs on the same level as Magnum Force, the second installment of the series. Remember that Dirty Harry films are for the mature, adult audience.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Ray Parkins (Audrie Neenan) recommends two sisters go out with some boys on the boardwalk outside a carnival. The date turns into gang rape and one sister spends the rest of her life as a vegetable living in a mental home due to the mental trauma. Ten years later the other sister, Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke), seeks revenge on the men by murdering them one after another. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) involved with his own challenges with gang members directed by crime boss, Threlkis (Michael V. Gazzo), meets Jennifer and the two stories become intertwined for an action-packed final conclusion.

Additional Thanks

Good work for Director and Producer Clint Eastwood. Thank you to Executive Producer Fritz Manes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Chief Jannings (Pat Hingle), Captain Briggs (Bradford Dillman), Mick (Paul Drake), Kruger (Jack Thibeau), Lieutenant Donnelly (Michael Currie), Horace King (Albert Popwell), and Officer Bennett (Mark Keyloun).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. If you are a Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood fan, the film does not betray the series’ tradition.

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