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Title: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Ken Dodd on May 31, 2017, 03:26:13 PM
The film is great until Harry is sent packing to San Paulo and then the film drags and goes all forgettable on us.

Do you agree?

- Dodd

Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Perry on July 14, 2017, 06:48:30 PM


No I dont agree. The movie fails cause its not a good movie. The Callahan character  had become tired and cartoonish.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 21, 2017, 07:57:09 AM
^^^Good point, Perry and I agree.  Not at first, because upon release I was happy to experience seeing my first Dirty Harry movie on the big screen as a fan.  Unfortunately, this film has not aged well.  Cartoonish is a good adjective describing one of the problems.  While Sondra Locke was good in The Gauntlet and "Which Way" films, her acting here is bad.  Not only that, but constantly revisiting her past is what drags the film down.  What I come away with from revisiting this movie these days is nostalgia and satisfaction of seeing Eastwood on film, a rarity these days.
 
What I don't understand about this film is how it's constantly ignored whenever 80's-themed magazines hit the bookstores.  Sudden Impact was a mega hit in it's day, a widely successful movie at the box office that had Eastwood in the limelight once again.  Not only that, "Make My Day" was an oft-repeated quote, from commercials, other actors all the way up to then President Reagan.  I've noticed that whenever a 1980's movie-themed magazine comes out, Sudden Impact is ignored.  I wonder why.


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Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Perry on August 21, 2017, 03:32:43 PM
 Outside of that quote and the fact it did make money J.C, I never liked the movie. When i saw it originally I have to admit my first thought was " Jeez, Locke is in this movie too?" so my hatred was in full mode, but I just thought the whole movie was ridiculous and it had become a tired act. Go watch 'The Dead Pool' which is even more embarrassing. The movie Eastwood did that should had got more response as far as 80's movies was 'White Hunter Black Heart' which is a great movie. One last point B.C.. Locke I agree is very good in the Gauntlet, but she's mediocre in anything else she did with Eastwood.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 22, 2017, 11:22:48 AM
I hear ya.  Im not a fan of The Dead Pool anymore but admit I enjoyed seeing it upon first release more than Sudden Impact.  Eastwood did start the 90s off right with White Hunter, Black Heart but slipped with The Rookie before his tour de force two years later, Unforgiven.  So Locke was in all of six Eastwood movies, her best performance being The Gauntlet.  Id say she was at least passable in the Which Way films.  At least those two comedies are good enough regardless of her appearance.  Her acting is actually better in Bronco Billy, but the Which Way comedies are better films overall.   
 
 


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Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: PeterD on September 23, 2017, 01:18:19 AM
I think the movie was ok (lets face it, how many Eastwood films were bad as in unwatchable?) but I never liked Sondra Locke as an actress and some of the scenes were a bit so-so in the movie, little bit on the gratuitous side.

I did like one of the scenes near the end where Dirty Harry is silhouetted with his gun when the 2 bad guys have Locke, that was memorable.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Perry on September 23, 2017, 06:42:02 PM
The merry-go-round scene is too loooooooong.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Matt on September 25, 2017, 08:08:03 PM
I love Sudden Impact, even though it has one of the worst villains in all of Eastwood...

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Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Gant on December 04, 2017, 02:58:47 PM
I think Sudden Impact has some great, crowd pleasing scenes and I loved it when I saw it at the cinema all those years ago... But I don't think it works too well as a thriller. It seems a little disjointed to me and doesn't really flow...
Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: Perry on April 14, 2018, 12:41:34 PM
Outside of that quote and the fact it did make money J.C, I never liked the movie. When i saw it originally I have to admit my first thought was " Jeez, Locke is in this movie too?" so my hatred was in full mode, but I just thought the whole movie was ridiculous and it had become a tired act. Go watch 'The Dead Pool' which is even more embarrassing. The movie Eastwood did that should had got more response as far as 80's movies was 'White Hunter Black Heart' which is a great movie. One last point J.C.. Locke I agree is very good in the Gauntlet, but she's mediocre in anything else she did with Eastwood.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact fails because it removes Harry from SF
Post by: AKA23 on June 01, 2018, 06:48:56 AM
I actually didn't mind "Sudden Impact" being set away from San Francisco. I think that "Sudden Impact" was one of the lesser "Dirty Harry" efforts because it was tonally inconsistent from the rest of the series. It was far too dark, and quite downbeat and Sondra Locke was really not a good choice for the vigilante role. Her only good performance in an Eastwood film was in "The Gauntlet."

In my opinion, the film also thematically didn't fit in well with the rest of the series since in "Magnum Force" Dirty Harry led the charge to bring the vigilante cops to justice while in this film, he lets the vigilante go and arguably aids in covering up her crimes. That never made any sense to me. It did not seem true to the values "Dirty Harry" lived by.

On the other hand, it did have it's high points too. It did give us "Make My Day," and that iconic photo of Dirty Harry in silhouette by the merry-go-round!