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Sudden Impact: Deluxe Edition

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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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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WARNER HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XHQUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sudden Impact: Deluxe Edition" on IMDb

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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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After watching all dirty harry movies back to back I can honestly say that the extreme disappointment I felt on the first viewing of "Sudden Impact" in the theater was very justified unlike the movie itself, which never should have been made.

What went wrong?
First...
Eastwood directed it and it stars his girlfriend at the time Sandra locke(who most likely had some input into the film).
While the premise held some promise, a woman taking revenge on those who raped her 10 years ago, its execution was miserable at best. It had none of the scope his previous films had.
Second...
The movie spends too much time on the "bad guys" a total waste of time, the lesbo chick is just too over the top and completely unbelievable, with terrible potty mouth dialogue.
Third...
Retreading the old, Harry is still making illegal searches and still hopes they will throw the book at the criminal, simply because Harry says so.
Fourth...
The action scenes are ludicrous, the victim of Harry's search, an early twenties guy who's murder case is thrown out(due to Ditty Harry) and then decides to attack Harry on the road with molotov cocktails(even though he should be thanking Harry), harry kills them all.
Fifth...
Harry needs a vaca, so off to San Paulo for the rest of the movie. This means NO car chases, no interesting vistas and no foot chases.
Dirty Harry without San Fran is like a tofu hotdog with no bun.
Sixth...
The farting dog. Hey what does Dirty Harry need? A farting bull dog who pisses on everything prompting a response of..."swell" from Harry.
Its his new indicator of displeasure with less syllables than his previous catch all phrase "marvelous".
Seven...
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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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