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Sudden Impact (2008)

Clint Eastwood , Sondra Locke , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: WARNER HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XHQUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sudden Impact" on IMDb

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Sudden Impact is Eastwood s fourth Dirty Harry film. Released in 1983, follows Inspector Callahan (Eastwood) as he s shipped to San Paulo, a small town down the coast to investigate a murder. The killer is Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke) who out for revenge is murdering all the rapists that gang-raped her and her little sister 10 years ago. During his investigations, Callahan becomes entangled in Jennifer s own troubles - all the while never suspecting that she s the killer.

Special Features New Commentary by renowned film critic Richard Schickel -- Author and longtime Eastwood associate Schickel uncovers layers of meaning in this, the only Dirty Harry film directed by Eastwood himself New Featurette The Evolution of Clint Eastwood -- An examination of the film in the context of Eastwood s broader career as a director. Trailer Gallery

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood in Top Form July 6, 2002
Format:DVD
The vigilante has long held a fascination for audiences, inasmuch as it evokes a sense of swift, sure justice; good triumphs over evil and the bad guy gets his deserts. It is, in fact, one of the things that has made the character of Dirty Harry Callahan (as played by Clint Eastwood) so popular. He carries a badge and works within the law, but at heart, Harry is a vigilante, meting out justice "his" way, which often puts him in conflict with his own superiors, as well as the criminals he's pursuing. But it's what draws the audience; anyone who's ever been bogged down in bureaucratic nonsense of one kind or another, delights in seeing someone cut through the red tape and get on with it-- even if it's only on the screen. And that satisfaction derived from seeing justice done-- and quickly-- is one of the elements that makes "Sudden Impact," directed by and starring Eastwood, so successful. In this one, the fourth of the series, while working a homicide, Harry encounters a bona fide vigilante at work-- an individual whose brand of justice parallels his own, with one exception: Whoever it is, he's definitely not carrying a badge.
In his own inimitable way, Inspector Callahan has once again ended up on the bad side of the department and is ordered to take some vacation time. So he does; as only "Dirty Harry" can. In a small town north of San Francisco, Harry finds himself smack dab in the middle of a homicide case, which he quickly links to a recent murder in San Francisco because of the unique M.O. employed by the perpetrator. Unaccountably, Harry encounters resistance from the local Police Chief, Jannings (Pat Hingle), who advises him to take his big city tactics and methods elsewhere.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHATs THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY July 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
When I first saw this film I thought Clint Eastwood had flipped out. He took the realistic base from the first three "Dirty Harry" films and replaced it with some type of pseudo surrealistic parody that seemed so repulsive it bordered on bad taste to say the very least. However, after repeated viewing it started to grow on me and I actually wanted to watch over and over. I couldn't get enough of it. It certainly was not the same Dirty Harry but it had a very blunt approach for dealing with crime and criminals. In the first three films the bureaucrats constantly accused Harry of crossing the line yet the audience knew Harry was right and the bureaucrats were just a bunch of crybaby liberals (at least that's what the directors wanted us to think). In SUDDEN IMPACT Clint Eastwood is at the helm. Eastwood proposes a question to the audience: You like crazy? Do you want to see crazy? I'm going to give you crazy. Filmmaking is a business and like a good businessman Eastwood gives his audience what they want. Yet Eastwood is no fool. Without artistic merit this film would have been a failure. Eastwood is playing the auteur filmmaker here and he is very successful at it. This film is way ahead of its time. The fabric of a sane society is being pulled apart. Family values, if you like, are out the window. Eastwood collects the most vile, repugnant and repulsive villains for this film that literally defines the meaning of trailer trash. The Mafia hoodlums at the beginning of the film look like impotent choirboys compared to the bunch of wacko amusement park crazies he ends up exterminating by the film's end. If Eastwood had not directed this film with his offbeat humor and unconventional style, if he had played it as a straight drama, the critics would have screamed murder. This is a good film. It's a stand-alone modern day apocalyptic tale delivered for your approval by Dirty Harry. I can still remember Reni Santoni asking, "Why do they call you Dirty Harry?" Now we really know.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DIRTY HARRY IN THE SERIES! January 7, 2002
Format:DVD
After the disappointing Enforcer from 1977, Sudden Impact is without doubt the best episode in the five Dirty Harry films - excellent storyline, well played soundtrack, well-used locations and of course a strong cast. The climax of the film is truly well staged and blends the taut, seriousness of the film throughout. The story of a rape victim seeking revenge on those that carried out the attack certainly brings the best out of Sondra Locke.
Once the film was released, Clint Eastwood was universally acclaimed for bringing such a delecate subject to the cinema. It was a gamble that had hansomely paid off.
Clint himself is on top form and plays it vintage style, like the first Dirty Harry. The best line has to be the:- "Go Ahead - Make My Day". Harry's dog - Meathead brings some light moments to the script as does his scene with Bradford Dillman.
Great support too from Eastwood film veteran - Pat Hingle.
It is no suprise that Sudden Impact is to this date the highest grossing Dirty Harry episode.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry Meets Film Noir June 22, 2010
Format:DVD
"Sudden Impact" (1983) attempts to blend the traditional Harry Callahan crime thriller with a film noir story centering on a vengeful rape victim. The results never quite gel, yet Clint Eastwood's direction is sharp and stylish - certainly preferable to the made-for-TV sloppiness of 1976's "The Enforcer." Hugely abetted by Clint's immortal "Make my day" line, "Sudden Impact" became Dirty Harry's biggest box-office hit (though no match for the 1971 Don Siegel original).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearing the End of the Callahan Trail March 31, 2004
Format:DVD
This is the fourth of five "Dirty Harry" films in which Eastwood stars as a San Francisco police detective. By the time the last appeared (The Dead Pool, in 1988), Eastwood had aged and times had changed but Callahan's non-negotiable values and unorthodox methods had remained essentially the same. The title of this film really makes no sense: None of the actions has a sudden impact. On the contrary, directed by Eastwood, the plot gradually develops to the inevitable climax. After still another controversial incident, Callahan is required to take an extended leave-of-absence and finds himself in a small coastal town where he meets Jennifer Spencer (Sandra Locke), a serious painter with even more serious emotional problems. Years ago, she and her sister were the victims of an especially violent rape; the sister remains comatose in an institution. Spencer is determined to locate and kill the rapists. One of them is the son of the local sheriff (Pat Hingle) who, for obvious reasons, discourages any interest in the case. He especially resents Callahan, "a big shot city detective" who attempts to investigate one of the several local murders.
Of special interest to me are two evil characters, Ray (Audrie Neenan) and Mick (Paul Drake), with whom Callahan has his final confrontation. Both are despicable and thus deserving of Callahan's singular application of justice. In this and other films, Locke's acting skills are clunky, at times almost laughable, especially when juxtaposed with the performances by Neenan and Drake. Bruce Surtees' cinematography is outstanding. His previous work includes Dirty Harry and Play Misty for Me (both in 1971) and The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976). He teamed up with Eastwood later with Pale Rider (1985).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what expected
I Bought this movie quickie and had saw he had good rating so didn't think of it. No where in the information did it say I was only getting a DVD no case. Read more
Published 2 months ago by xxsidestep
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie ..
This is a good action packed Eastwood movie, so states my husband !! He watches all the Clint Eastwood movies so I am going by what he is telling me. LOL . Read more
Published 2 months ago by tlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
if you like clint then this movie is for you
watch it 3times good story lots of action
2.99 24 hrs rental
Published 2 months ago by lewboy153
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry
I like the movies with characters I grew up with. Real men that acted like real men. I am fed up with the metrosexual Pajama Boy actors in most movies now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David B Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Ahead...Make His Day!
SUDDEN IMPACT is Eastwood s 4th Dirty Harry film. Released in the Fall of 1983, follows Inspector Callahan (Eastwood) as he s shipped to San Paulo, a small town down the coast to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Academy award goes to the casting department
Excellent flick. Even better because Clint Eastwood and Sandra Locke were an "item" at the time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, Outstanding!
Lots of fun, I never get tired of it. Even if it's a little dated, fashon-wise, Clint's performance is timeless!
Published 8 months ago by blu-ray sean
4.0 out of 5 stars Still packs a punch.
A lot of people don't like SI. I did. Although I can see their point. The script is a bit muddled and there is an action scene or two too many in my opinion (if such a thing is... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie review
A typical Dirty Harry movie with the full line of punks being beaten up by Harry, with the usual bickering by the bosses at the police department.
Published 12 months ago by Jack M. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars They got what they deserved
We can credit Clint Eastwood with bringing the Dirty Harry series back from the precipice, after the resounding thud of "The Enforcer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. A Solinas
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