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Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood stars in and directs the fourth and last film to feature Dirty Harry Callahan, which features Dirty Harry's now-famous line "Go Ahead, Make my Day." The San Francisco police department sends homicide detective Harry Callahan (Eastwood) to a small Northern California town. But even in a seemingly idyllic town, Dirty Harry uncovers a string of rapes and murders and, one by one, brings the perpetrators to justice.
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Critics Consensus: Sudden Impact delivers all the firepower -- and the most enduring catchphrase -- fans associate with the Dirty Harry franchise, but it's far from the best film in the series.
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'80s cop-drama sequel has rape, murder, revenge.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sudden Impact is a 1983 Dirty Harry sequel. Criminals and their wrongdoing are depicted as vile, psychopathic, and sordid in the extreme, perhaps to justify Inspector Harry Callahan's eye-for-an-eye style of police work as well as the rights of victims to violently retaliate against those vile and sordid acts. A group responsible for a gang rape a decade back have all gone free, and as a victim goes on a revenge killing spree, Harry sides with the victim. Viewers will tend to go right along. Rape, point-blank gun executions, fistfights, car crashes, bombings, and bullet and knife wounds are all seen. A topless woman climbs in bed with a shirtless man. A woman invites Harry in to have sex. In the next shot, he leaves her bed in the middle of the night. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "ass," "queer," and "prick."
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- Genre:Action, Drama
- Release Date:December 9, 1983
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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