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CLINT EASTWOOD STARS/DIRECTS DIRTY HARRY IN 'SUDDEN IMPACT'

Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact Year: 1983 Rates: ****

The penultimate Dirty Harry is an exploitation of slick, mechanized 1980's violence, body count style, twofold, as vengeful killers stalk Callahan while the mainline has artist Sondra Locke seeking her own revenge from a group of small town San Paulo locals that, years earlier, under a carnival pier, raped her and her sister, inspiring morbid gallery paintings, and, hiding in plain sight, she's restoring the same carnival's carousel while randomly killing off the rapists...

Meanwhile, Harry is, ironically, being punished for leaving a trail of dead villains who wanted him dead first... sent on what he thinks is a busman's holiday/nowhere murder case, also in San Paulo where the second act has an investigatory town-with-secrets noir vibe, connecting the picked-off perverts with a stern local sheriff. And while most of the fun's had during the rudimentary non-stop action involving Harry and Locke's Jennifer on their own, SUDDEN IMPACT remains worthwhile throughout, including the usual over-the-top lead antagonist. But it's "The Dyke" (Audrie Neenan), a wicked witch of cackling butch-lesbian bravado, who steals the evil side of things, and, despite mostly playing out in sunlight ("Make my DAY" after all).... and neatly directed by Eastwood while funky Lalo Schifrin provides a record-scratching theme as black regular Albert Popwell pops up again... IMPACT is an intensely dark entry in the iconic franchise that should have ended right here. 

Clint Eastwood in SUDDEN IMPACT

Clint Eastwood in SUDDEN IMPACT
Bradford Dillman is the token barking cop boss in SUDDEN IMPACT
Mara Corday from TARANTULA which co-starred Clint here in Sudden Impact
"Go ahead, make my day" written by John Milius for SUDDEN IMPACT
Albert Popwell played different roles in four films here as a cop in SUDDEN IMPACT
Audrie Neenan in SUDDEN IMPACT
Mara Corday pours some sugar on Harry in SUDDEN IMPACT
Clint Eastwood in SUDDEN IMPACT
Clint Eastwood and Mara Corday in SUDDEN IMPACT
Decades earlier Clint Eastwood and Mara Corday in TARANTULA
Clint Eastwood and Mara Corday in SUDDEN IMPACT
Clint Eastwood  overdoses on sugar in SUDDEN IMPACT
The late Sondra Locke locks the plot of SUDDEN IMPACT
Tragic character Lisa Britt and in real life died on Anorexia here in Sudden Impact
Saul Bass's Original Warner Logo makes it onto the SUDDEN IMPACT stream
Saul Bass's Original Warner Logo makes it onto the SUDDEN IMPACT stream
Saul Bass's Original Warner Logo makes it onto the SUDDEN IMPACT stream
No Modern logo sneaking a website into a pre-Internet movie for Sudden Impact Warner Logo
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in SUDDEN IMPACT
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in SUDDEN IMPACT

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