Sudden Impact

Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
  • R
  • 1h 57m
  • 1983
Rotten57%
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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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Rotten57%
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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Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

This is the first entry in the series to have been directed by Eastwood himself, and action is put...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

Eastwood the star needed a hit to bolster his flagging ratings; now that he's got it, maybe Harry...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
'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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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:December 9, 1983
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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