Film Review – SUDDEN IMPACT (1983)

Sudden Impact (1983; USA; Technicolor; 117m) ∗∗∗  d. Clint Eastwood; w. Joseph Stinson; ph. Bruce Surtees; m. Lalo Schifrin. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Audrie J. Neenan, Jack Thibeau, Nancy Parsons, Mara Corday, Michael Currie, Mark Keyloun, Albert Popwell, Bette Ford, Joe Bellan, Paul Drake, Kevyn Major Howard. A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. Inspector Harry Callahan (Eastwood), on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case. Fourth DIRTY HARRY film is heavy handed, but entertaining nonetheless. The action has become more violent and cartoonish with the set pieces formulaic, but Eastwood’s screen presence is more than enough to carry the movie. Based on a story by Earl E. Smith & Charles B. Pierce. Followed by THE DEAD POOL (1989). [18]