BackIndexForward Support this site and order Clint Eastwood DVDs!

Sudden Impact

(1983)

PLOT | AUDIO | TRIVIA | CAST | CREDITS | PURCHASE

"Go ahead - make his day!"


Plot
Clint Eastwood returns to his popular Dirty Harry character and directs himself in the role for the first time. The film starts with Harry leaving San Francisco at his superiors' insistence and going to a small seaside town for a little peace and quiet. There he becomes embroiled in a series of brutal murders committed by a young artist, Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke). She and her sister were raped by a group of local men, including the police chief's son, a few years back. The experience left Jennifer's sister completely catatonic, and Jennifer herself is tormented by flashbacks. While Harry investigates the killings, he falls in love with Jennifer, not knowing that she is committing the murders. Sudden Impact is a disturbing film in which Eastwood examines the darker aspects of Dirty Harry and comes up with a brooding, grim .mp3a that has a hauntingly ambiguous ending.

Audio
Play RealAudio Clip

Listen as Clint Eastwood speaks candidly about his thoughts on this film and its vigilante theme.


Trivia
  • Although their relationship lasted another five years, this is the last of Clint's films in which Sondra Locke appears. Three years later she launched her own directorial career with Ratboy.
  • Clint's share of the profits is estimated at $30 million.
  • Although this is the only Dirty Harry film directed by Eastwood, it is not the first time he has directed Harry. He also directed the suicide jumper scene in Dirty Harry, while Don Siegel was sick with the flu.
  • The film was very well publicized: by the time it opened the public already knew the catchphrase "Go ahead, make my day!" President Reagan even used it to challenge Congress when they opposed him.

Cast
Harry Callahan
Jennifer Spencer
Chief Jannings
Captain Briggs
Mick
Ray Parkins
Kruger
Lieutenant Donnelly
Horace King
Officer Bennett
Hawkins
Leah
Mrs. Kruger
Burly Detective
Tyrone
Coffee shop waitress
Eddie
Carl
Historical Society woman
D'Ambrosia
Elizabeth
Police Commissioner
Judge
Alby
Gang member
Young guy
Hawkins' crony
Detective Jacobs
Gang member
Gang member
Young guy
Hysterical female customer
Dr. Barton
Detective Barnes
Bank robber
Uniform policeman
Young guy
Loomis
Young hooker
Hostess
Desk Sergeant
Young guy
Assassin
George Wilburn
Bartender
Assassin
Bailiff
Gang member
Hawkins' crony
Senior Man
Threlkis
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke
Pat Hingle
Bradford Dillman
Paul Drake
Audrie J. Neenan
Jack Thibeau
Michael Currie
Albert Popwell
Mark Keyloun
Kevyn Major Howard
Bette Ford
Nancy Parsons
Joe Bellan
Wendell Wellman
Mara Corday
Russ McCubbin
Robert Sutton
Nancy Fish
Carmen Argenziano
Lisa Britt
Bill Reddick
Lois De Banzie
Matthew Child
Albert Martinez
Bill Upton
Christian Phillips
Christopher Pray
David Gonzales
David Rivers
Dennis Royston
Eileen Wiggins
Harry Demopoulos M.D.
James McEachin
John Nowak
John X. Heart
Jophery Brown
Ken Lee
Lisa London
Maria Lynch
Lloyd Nelson
Melvin Thompson
Michael Johnson
Michael Maurer
Morgan Upton
Nick Dimitri
Pat DuVal
Robert Rivers
Steven Kravitz
Tom Spratley
Michael V. Gazzo

Credits
Executive Producer
Producer/Director
Screenplay
Story
 
Director of Photography
Editor
Music
. . .
. . .
. . .
. . .
 
. . .
. . .
. . .
Fritz Manes
Clint Eastwood
Joseph C. Stinson
Earl Smith
Charles B. Pierce
Bruce Surtees
Joel Cox
Lalo Schifrin


Purchase

Through an affiliation with Amazon.com, this film can be purchased via ClintEastwood.net. A great film for a great price! Help support this site by clicking on the banner below and order this film today!

Support this site and order this DVD today! Support this site and order this DVD today!

Also, please visit the Marketplace for links to other Clint Eastwood DVDs, soundtracks, books and posters!