Dirty Harry is at it again
When a young rape victim takes justice into her own hands and becomes a serial killer, it's up to Dirty Harry Callahan, on suspension from the SFPD, to bring her to justice.
Eastwood steps behind the camera for this installment and breathes new life into the series.
Very simple plot-woman and sister get raped 10 years earlier-sister becomes a vegetable-woman goes on a hunting spree attempting to kill everyone involved with the rape.
Dirty Harry has finally pissed off his superiors enough for them to send him off to another city to gather information concerning the first murder victim.
Eastwood is great through most of the movie. His most famous line is uttered in this one-'Go ahead, make my day'-the first half of the film is filled with great lines.
Locke does a good job with her role-kind of a one note performance but that one note is a good note.
McGarnagle: Now tell them what you saw Billy.
Billy: But I'm so scared McGarnagle.
McGarnagle: You've gotta do this one for me Billy, McGarnagle.
Billy: Okay for you, McGarnagle.
Chief: [later] Well McGarnagle, Billy is dead! They slit his throat from ear to ear.
McGarnagle: Hey I'm trying to eat lunch here!
Callahan gets..........................................A DOG DING DING
Violence as id, ego and superego. The thugs are the first, operating on continually destructive animalistic urges. Callahan is second, justifying his own impulses under a loose concept of justice that sees him gradually skirting towards the outskirts of societal acceptance. Jennifer is the third, having the most justified or rather "moral" reason for committing it.
Ich schlief eine halbe std vor ende des Films ein.
War bisher der langweiligste.
Clint Eastwood plays our last defense against thugs, rapists, liberals, bleeding heart judges, lesbians, due process, pimps and CHUDs. Pauline Kael famously called the original Dirty Harry "fascist," but it's a bit more complex than that; Sudden Impact, on the other hand, is a hysterical far-right nightmare that has more in common with the Death Wish sequels than the original film (though it's never quite as hilariously ludicrous as Death Wish 3). When it arrived at the inevitable scene of Harry's supervisors taking him off active duty, I silently commended their good judgement. Harry's identification with the artist (Sondra Locke) seeking bloody revenge for a gang rape years earlier could be an interesting twist on the series' heteronormal gender politics…
This fourth installment of the Dirty Harry series has no business being as entertaining as it is. The criticisms are numerous. It does not so much wear its moral beliefs on its sleeve as it advertises them in bright lights. Instead of subtly inserting commentary within the actions of the characters, the film instead has them spouting them off directly in embarrassingly over-written dialogue.
Sudden Impact is essentially 50% Dirty Harry vehicle and 50% rape-revenge film, like the screenwriters thought "what would happen if Harry Callahan encountered Paul Kersey's vigilante character from Death Wish?" Great idea in theory, as both are arguably working the same neighborhood philosophically. However the result does not even raise any real ethical questions. It is…
The fourth entry in the Harry Callahan series is notable for being the only one directed by Eastwood himself. Looking back on it now it is very very dated with many now standard cliched cop movie tropes that this series practically defined. The script is very wobbly in places but Eastwood is suitably gruff and dirty enough to make this just about satisfactory.
Fourth Dirty Harry and the darkest off them all.