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Title: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 10, 2013, 07:12:57 AM
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Sudden Impact, the fourth (of five) in the Dirty Harry film series.  I meant to post yesterday but was too busy. 

If anybody would care to, feel free to post your thoughts on the movie.  Where/when you first saw it and with; your first impressions and your thoughts on the film after all these years.  I did a search online and came across some obscure images that I'd like to share.  Hope you enjoy them and this topic.

(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4715630455619916&pid=15.1) (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/S39cLZJj7wI/AAAAAAAAEsw/LBZwvwPh2_E/s400/sudden+impact+promo+sticker.JPG) 


(http://www.filmonpaper.com/site/media/2011/03/SuddenImpact_B2-1-500x692.jpg)

A closeup of Callahan on the Japanese movie poster, apparently taken from the bank robbery chase sequence.

(http://www.filmonpaper.com/site/media/2011/03/SuddenImpact_B2-4-500x447.jpg)

I used to have this album on vinyl!  I don't believe it's on cd but would be nice if it was.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/Ss9Kb8Lj5kI/AAAAAAAADI8/TXHbVZE1NQc/s400/sudden+impact+lp+front.JPG) (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/Ss9KsRxECYI/AAAAAAAADJE/lBMBAuRvjiY/s400/sudden+impact+lp+back.JPG) 8)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary
Post by: Walt on December 10, 2013, 08:30:00 AM
I remember being so excited that Harry was back. I was first in line at the cinema and loved every minute of the film apart from the silly dog. On reflection, it's not as good as that first viewing but at the time I thought it was incredible. Especially the finale.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary
Post by: antonis on December 10, 2013, 08:53:10 AM
loved every minute of the film apart from the silly dog.

Loved the dog >:(
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: higashimori on December 10, 2013, 08:38:09 PM

^^ Does he not made a great job..... It's adorable english bulldog?!!.....  :angel:


" 30 years ago this week: Dirty Harry makes our day with 'Sudden Impact' "

 http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/30-years-ago-this-week-dirty-harry-makes-our-day-with-sudden-impact/2156378

 
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Here are five more things you probably didn't know about Sudden Impact.


1. Although Eastwood made the phrase "Go ahead, make my day" famous, it was originally used a year earlier by actor Gary Swanson in 1982's Vice Squad, who said, "Go ahead, scumbag, make my day."

2. Sudden Impact was the only Dirty Harry movie not primarily filmed in San Francisco. It's also the highest grossest installment in the series.

3. The screenplay wasn't originally written to be a Dirty Harry movie at all but rather an entirely different movie. It had to be rewritten to add Dirty Harry to the storyline.

4. The film's famous line went on to be immortalized by then-President Ronald Reagan used it in a key address when he said: "I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers. Go ahead--make my day."

5. When Eastwood campaigned for mayor of Carmel (Carmel-by-the-Sea) in California in 1986, he used bumper stickers that said: "Go Ahead - Make Me Mayor."

Source: IMDB.com

 (http://www.tampabay.com/resources/images/blogs-photo/rendered/2013/12/Eastwood-Sudden-Impact_8col.jpg)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Whistledixie on December 11, 2013, 07:12:33 PM
Don't recall the first time I saw it (pretty sure which theater) but the second time was at the drive-in... backseat of my '79 Dodge Dart, me and my future ex-wife with another couple in the front seat... pretty much just friends at that point, for the most part, my girlfirend on vacation out of state. Thirty years would make it about right to be 16...

Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Christopher on December 11, 2013, 07:45:33 PM
I wasn't old enough to see it in the theater. ;D

I've mentioned before how Sudden Impact was one of the first Eastwood movies I ever watched, and I was probably around 5 years old. It was a TV edit. Of course. ;)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 12, 2013, 11:49:31 AM
Loved the dog >:(

Finally!  I've been searching high and low for an image of Meathead and I finally found one! 

(http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5029605465852565&pid=15.1)

Of course, whenever I hear that name, this is who I think of...  ;D

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4933771872635038&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 12, 2013, 11:53:35 AM
^^ Does he not made a great job..... It's adorable english bulldog?!!.....  :angel:


" 30 years ago this week: Dirty Harry makes our day with 'Sudden Impact' "

 http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/30-years-ago-this-week-dirty-harry-makes-our-day-with-sudden-impact/2156378

 
 (http://www.tampabay.com/resources/images/blogs-photo/rendered/2013/12/Eastwood-Sudden-Impact_8col.jpg)

Thanks higashimori!  What still amazes me is whenever a Remember The 80's-type magazine hits the newsstands, Sudden Impact is never mentioned!  The film was enormously successful and had the catch-phrase of the decade that was quoted multiple times but many celebrities.  For some odd reason, "I'll be back" has become more popular over time. 

Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 12, 2013, 12:57:10 PM
I was in my final year of high school when Sudden Impact came out.  My brother took me to see it and I returned for a second viewing with a friend and a couple of dates.  We got a kick out of one of the girls' last name being D'Ambrosio, very similar to D'Ambrosia in the movie.

I think I first discovered this film via a standee in a cinema lobby.  That was cool.  I don't think I noticed the poster until after seeing the movie.  I used to have one, also.  My first impression was that I was glad to be able to see a Dirty Harry movie for the first time on the big screen.  I enjoyed watching it on the big screen, when it appeared on cable and then having my own copy on VHS.  There was just something about it that I couldn't place, though.  It seemed a bit ...off.  I was just glad that a better movie had come out than what he'd done the previous year.

My take on this film now is that it hasn't aged well.  That is, in comparison to Dirty Harry movies that came before it.  For me, those 3 stand alone and are much better than the sequels that came thereafter.  Still, being an Eastwood fan it's great having all five of them to return to from time to time.  There are aspects of Sudden Impact and The Dead pool that I appreciate very much nowadays, even if I'm not satisfied that they're among the best of the series.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 13, 2013, 07:22:17 AM
Ok, so I watched Sudden Impact again this week.  It's been quite a while since I've seen it and with the 30th anniversary of its' premiere having been this past Monday, I decided to give it another viewing.  I also decided to keep a very opened mind and not be as critical of it as I've come to be over the years.  For the first time in quite some time, I found myself enjoying this film all over again.  Throwing my expectations and negatively formed opinions about Sudden Impact that have developed over the years out the window, I've come to like the movie again.  It felt really good just sitting back and let myself be entertained by it all over again, reminiscing about what it was like to see the film for the first time back in 1983. 

This was the 2nd time in as many years I found redemption in a movie hero's film.  The previous year saw the release of the mega-hit Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan and I could proudly hold my head up high again as a fan.  The same went for Sudden Impact, after having been unable to deliver something very good and entertaining since Any Which Way You Can 3 years to the month earlier, the latest Dirty Harry installment was perfect timing.  I've come to somewhat like Firefox and Honkytonk Man (both 1982) over the years, but neither are great.  No offense meant to those who enjoy those films more than I do.

Clint had a decent box office run throughout the 80's with subsequent releases.  Some didn't do as well as others and unfortunately he didn't end the decade as well as he started it.  Among his other films of the decade, Sudden Impact does still stand as a very enjoyable film to watch and return to.

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4885822820450402&pid=15.1)

(http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4934738228283359&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Whistledixie on December 14, 2013, 06:51:59 AM
      ...first became aware of Honkytonk Man the year before buying the aforementioned Dodge Dart when my brother-in-law and I took it to go hunting up north... and after a long tiring drive, meeting his mother for the first time, who had Honkytonk Man on her TV just at the scene were the prostitute "preps" Kyle Eastwood. Zoinks. Nice to meet you, ma'am... no sorry, just got distracted for a minute.

     ...had some distinct thoughts about Sudden Impact at the time, though they're escaping me. Always liked the "Every day for the past ten years I've been coming in here and ordering a large black coffee" speech. Also the "Lots of things can happen to dog s**t" scene where he grabs the kid's tie. Watched it a year or so ago and thought the special Magnum they made for him actually looked less bad a** than the classic lines of the original, though didn't think so at the time... also the colors had a touch of the pastel palette that afflicted many an 80's film, which also served to makes the blacks not as rich as the older films (although Surtee actually did this one too, didn't he?) And the music became lighter and more Eighties-ized than the others it seemed...though still Lalo Schifrin.

    Oh yeah, and the "vapor lock" scene where he gives the guy a heart attack...also just the overall demented weirdness of the story...
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: KC on December 14, 2013, 06:49:19 PM
... also the colors had a touch of the pastel palette that afflicted many an 80's film, which also served to makes the blacks not as rich as the older films (although Surtee actually did this one too, didn't he?) And the music became lighter and more Eighties-ized than the others it seemed...though still Lalo Schifrin.

In honor of the anniversary, I thought I would post this brief excerpt from Fuensanta Plaza's excellent Clint Eastwood/Malpaso (©1991), page 143, about Surtees' and Schifrin's contributions to the film:

Quote
After The Enforcer's correct, but uninspired photography, Surtees' masterly play with light and shadow is doubly welcome. For example, the sequence in which Harry appears, eerily outlined in light, to save Jennifer and revenge Horace reflects Eastwood's and Surtees' flawless sense of drama. "That was all set up by Eastwood," explained Surtees. He had this frame made over the road, like an arch, and that was built for the end-shot. So he was in that frame, and I had a backlight to outline his body."

Skillful as Fielding's music was in The Enforcer, it is a pleasure to hear Harry Callahan musically commented by Schifrin once more. All the contrast between the festive appearance of the merry-go-round and the nightmare horror that goes on within it is expressed in the unicorn's theme. And the song "This Side Of Forever" brings that particular melody, present since Dirty Harry, to a crowning point and contributes to our feeling that two solitudes have recognized and acknowledged each other:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img21/8237/e6cy.jpg)
Composed by Lalo Schifrin. © Copyright 1983 by Warner Brothers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

That shot referred to by Surtees is one of my favorites in the whole Eastwood canon ... well, the Dirty Harry canon, at least:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ImcV3miJnck/T3dygGAu07I/AAAAAAAAGCI/wdh6qKtu6ro/s1600/SuddenImpact.jpg)

Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Whistledixie on December 15, 2013, 06:14:51 AM
    ...that is an awesome shot, and another iconic part of the movie. That scene also involves another great part of the film, Paul Drake, who plays the bad guy. What a trip he was...besides a quintessential dirtbag, almost a throwback to the extreme nuts kinda drunks and killers in westerns and such of earlier eras, done by courageous character actors...
 
    ...as far as the overall color, I just think that films at that point are of a different order than what they did at other times. The color in Dirty Harry is probably more related to the Technicolor of Gone With The Wind or Rebel Without A Cause than what was being done around the time of Sudden Impact. One scene where the colors are just obscenely beautiful in DH, and saturated in a pool of black, is when Harry's on the roof at night watching for Scorpio, and the woman/couple through the window with binoculars. The reds and blues of the neon sign within a field of black as rich as the other colors... Sudden Impact had a lighter, diffused kind of lighting, having to do with the industry having moved a world away from where it was in '71 and prior...

    ...I'd like to give the music another listen, and never have just on its own. I'm somewhat familiar with the part you mention, which I believe comes later. My impression of it comes from the beginning, and thinking...pretty much the same critique as the color palette, but in regard to music. It was just a totally different approach at that point, but just because that's how things go. To do otherwise would have been outdated...and short of a Quentin Tarantino homage, would still probably never be done again.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: KC on December 15, 2013, 10:06:10 AM
Jack Garsha, the color timer on the film, is quoted at length in the Plaza book. If I'll get a chance, I'll post it or at least some excerpts.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 16, 2013, 07:00:22 AM
      ...first became aware of Honkytonk Man the year before buying the aforementioned Dodge Dart when my brother-in-law and I took it to go hunting up north... and after a long tiring drive, meeting his mother for the first time, who had Honkytonk Man on her TV just at the scene were the prostitute "preps" Kyle Eastwood. Zoinks. Nice to meet you, ma'am... no sorry, just got distracted for a minute.

     ...had some distinct thoughts about Sudden Impact at the time, though they're escaping me. Always liked the "Every day for the past ten years I've been coming in here and ordering a large black coffee" speech. Also the "Lots of things can happen to dog s**t" scene where he grabs the kid's tie. Watched it a year or so ago and thought the special Magnum they made for him actually looked less bad a** than the classic lines of the original, though didn't think so at the time... also the colors had a touch of the pastel palette that afflicted many an 80's film, which also served to makes the blacks not as rich as the older films (although Surtee actually did this one too, didn't he?) And the music became lighter and more Eighties-ized than the others it seemed...though still Lalo Schifrin.

    Oh yeah, and the "vapor lock" scene where he gives the guy a heart attack...also just the overall demented weirdness of the story...

The elevator, coffee shop and wedding party scenes are favorites of mine, too.  Lots of great quotes in Sudden Impact.  "Call D'Ambrosia at the D.A.'s office, ask him if coffee is psychic."  I always got a kick out of the guy that line was delivered to and joked that he looked like he was from the cast of Hawaii Five-O.  :) 
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 16, 2013, 07:01:09 AM
In honor of the anniversary, I thought I would post this brief excerpt from Fuensanta Plaza's excellent Clint Eastwood/Malpaso (©1991), page 143, about Surtees' and Schifrin's contributions to the film:

That shot referred to by Surtees is one of my favorites in the whole Eastwood canon ... well, the Dirty Harry canon, at least:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ImcV3miJnck/T3dygGAu07I/AAAAAAAAGCI/wdh6qKtu6ro/s1600/SuddenImpact.jpg)


I agree, that's a great image.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 16, 2013, 07:03:49 AM
I meant to comment on the soundtrack.  I love the theme to the original Dirty Harry movie but I have to say the Sudden Impact theme is probably my favorite of the series.  I remember the video that was made for it when it aired on MTV.  I believe it was released as a single but can't recall whether or not it charted on Billboard.  I think it did.  At the end of the video is Eastwood sitting at the bar as Callahan saying, "A man's got to know his limitations."
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Gant on December 18, 2013, 01:30:24 PM
I recently passed the cinema in London's West End where I saw Cronenberg's Videodrome and Sudden Impact's trailer was featured.. At the time I had no idea another Dirty Harry film was in the offering so it was very exciting.. Great trailer..
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 18, 2013, 01:42:24 PM
I recently passed the cinema in London's West End where I saw Cronenberg's Videodrome and Sudden Impact's trailer was featured.. At the time I had no idea another Dirty Harry film was in the offering so it was very exciting.. Great trailer..

That's very cool.  I remember seeing Videodrome but don't recall seeing the trailer for Sudden Impact.  Videodrome starred James Woods and Deborah Harry, yes?  Long time since I've seen it. 
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Gant on December 19, 2013, 03:29:07 AM
I saw Sudden Impact in Londons Leciester Square.. The cinemas was full and I think its the only time ever I can remember an audience screaming and shouting at the screen with excitment... The scene near the end where Harry re-appears on the pier...(see pic below) the crowd really went nuts....

Was there a similar reaction Stateside ?
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 19, 2013, 07:05:57 AM
I can't recall.  I think there was but don't remember.  Not remembering could mean there wasn't because I'd like to think that would stick out with other memories I have.  I think the audience clapped at the end, though. 

I read the paperback and recall the song being played on the radio in the opening scene wasn't what was on film.  It was The Long And Winding Road.


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513XoF3GlRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)  (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a1/Beatles-singles-the-long-and-winding-road-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Sylvie on December 19, 2013, 08:03:34 AM
I saw "Sudden Impact" in a theatre that doesn't exist anymore , called "Alpha" , in Clermont Ferrand,  first week on screen in France.

The first Eastwood movie I saw with the "boyfriend" who became my husband, Cyrille  ;) 

After the movies, we went to a Chinese restaurant  that disappeared too  :-\

I can't really realize that 30 years have gone ...
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 19, 2013, 08:38:31 AM
My wife and I weren't dating during any Dirty Harry films.  Our first Eastwood movie together was Bridges Of Madison County.  That started a tradition that continues to this day, sans his non-starring movies.  We did see Mystic River together, though and enjoyed it very much.  She was pregnant with Nicholas when Flags Of Our Fathers premiered so we skipped that one and Letters From Iwo Jima.  The only non-starring Eastwood movie we've seen that he directed is Changeling and although tough to watch due to subject matter and the fact that we were new parents ourselves, found it to be a decent film.  We no longer attend the ones he only directs but whenever he stars in a movie, that's us at the (cinema) door! 

The age difference between my wife and I is 5 years so when Sudden Impact came out, she was only 12 to my 17.  The Dead Pool could've been possible because we knew each other but weren't dating yet.  Then again, maybe not because I was 21 to her 16.  Yeah, her parents probably wouldn't have gone for that. 

A few years after Sudden Impact came out found me working as an usher for National Amusements (Showcase Cinemas in Revere, MA).  They made me 'marquee supervisor' and inside one of the sheds that housed the letters under the sign, I wrote out Eastwood's 'large, black coffee' dialogue on a steel post!  :D  It stayed there for a long time.  I tried getting inside a couple of years ago to get a glimpse because I was curious to see if it'd been painted over but wasn't allowed access.   >:(

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4920500378798266&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Gant on December 19, 2013, 01:00:46 PM
30 years ago.. amazing.. I was with a Belgian girlfriend when we went to see Sudden Impact... and she hated it
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: davytriumph on December 20, 2013, 01:47:37 AM
I remember hiring Honkytonk Man on VHS as it had a limited released in the UK.
I always enjoy watching the trailers.  Sudden Impact trailer came on before Honktonk Man started.  I had never seen any clips from it before and I was totally blown away, I almost soiled myself with excitement.  I love the breaking glass effect in the trailer and the music.  I enjoyed the trailer more than Honktonk Man.
I could not wait to go to the cinema to see this.  Gees, was I disappointed???  Yep.  I did`nt care for Lockes performance let alone Drakes (Mick) and Neenans (Ray) and I hated the dog, I felt it was too jokey for Harry.  However, I loved the coffee shop scene and the final silhouette scene.  Not a patch on the first three films. 
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Gant on December 20, 2013, 05:20:44 AM
I remember enjoying it at the cinema but the second time around on video I thought it overlong and agree with most of Davys comments above..

I was lucky enough however to see Honkytonk Man in the cinema in London with a very small audience..and loved it. Still do...

Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Whistledixie on December 20, 2013, 06:33:40 AM
That tears it, then... Clint Eastwood needs to do another Dirty Harry! :)   (uh oh, I sense another thread here)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Gant on December 20, 2013, 06:53:58 AM
I really dont think so...  :)

But it is a shame it went out on Dead Pool... Maybe if they'd waited a few more years and a good writer had come up with some original ideas to see the character out... but it wasnt to be..

At least we got Gran Torino to enjoy..
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 20, 2013, 08:24:46 AM
I'm in agreement there, Gant, about The Dead Pool.  Although, like Sudden Impact I did enjoy it upon initial release on the big screen.  The next time I watch the final Dirty Harry movie I'll try to keep that in mind and perhaps I'll enjoy it again as I did Sudden Impact recently.  I think the closest we'll ever have to another is maybe In The Line Of Fire and Blood Work.  Sure, different professions and characters but both were decent films.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/fd/In_the_line_of_fireposter.jpg/220px-In_the_line_of_fireposter.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/76/Bloodworkposter.jpg/220px-Bloodworkposter.jpg)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Perry on December 20, 2013, 01:04:08 PM
Many reasons I never liked SI..Sondra Locke was in it.. The bulldog I agree was lame and the amusement park scene goes on too long...
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 20, 2013, 01:20:37 PM
Locke had done better in previous Eastwood films.  I never cared for her in Josey Wales but thought she did well enough in the "Which Way" films and Bronco Billy.  Her best is probably The Gauntlet, though.  Pat Hingle wasn't at his best in Sudden Impact, either.  I was glad to see him again, though.  I was familiar enough with him from The Gauntlet, too but his best with Eastwood is Hang 'Em High.  I wonder what it would've been like, had Mr. Hingle appeared in The Outlaw Josey Wales.  Too bad he didn't appear in more films with Clint. 

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/55/The_gauntlet.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/48/Hang_Em_High.jpg)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Gant on December 20, 2013, 01:42:27 PM
I thought Hingle was particuarly bad in Sudden Impact...  I thought Locke was ok but generally apart from some interesting camera work towards the end and a couple of iconic Eastwood/Harry scenes its not a great film..
But it served its purpose at the time..ie..a big hit when one was needed..
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on December 22, 2013, 01:18:47 AM
Quote from: Jed Cooper on December 16, 2013, 07:01:09 AM

    I agree, that's a great image.


Really a terrific movie shot.

There is a shot in Josey Wales that it reminds me of. Josey and Chief are riding double-up on Josey's horse, Chief is Guy In Back, when Josey explains to Chief that Chief needs his own horse. They happen to be coming upon a roadhouse and Josey says that maybe he can pick up a horse for Chief.

In the USAF, in a two-person fighter jet, the rear person is always a fully rated pilot who has been commisioned as the Weapons Officer. He is often called the Guy In Back.

The kind of similar shot happens as Josey is walking into the roadhouse. The drama of the lighting doubles the sense of badass as Josey goes into the lion's den. I highly recommend anyone who has not seen it to view it soon. And anyone who has seen it ti see it again. As many times as you want to. Wear out your movie player if you want to. Now that I'm thinking about it, I may do it too. I know where to buy another one.




PS

For a month or two or three, posting on your sight has been wacko problematic.

Working on it? Or is it just  ::) the NSA spooking around again?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: KC on December 22, 2013, 09:56:52 AM

For a month or two or three, posting on your sight has been wacko problematic.

Working on it? Or is it just  ::) the NSA spooking around again?  :laugh:

Could you be more specific? I haven't noticed any problems, but Richard installed some software updates recently.

Please post your problems here (that goes for the rest of you, too):

Board freaking out (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=1392.0)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on December 24, 2013, 02:40:07 AM
I remember hiring Honkytonk Man on VHS as it had a limited released in the UK.
I always enjoy watching the trailers.  Sudden Impact trailer came on before Honktonk Man started.  I had never seen any clips from it before and I was totally blown away, I almost soiled myself with excitement.  I love the breaking glass effect in the trailer and the music.  I enjoyed the trailer more than Honktonk Man.
I could not wait to go to the cinema to see this.  Gees, was I disappointed???  Yep.  I did`nt care for Lockes performance let alone Drakes (Mick) and Neenans (Ray) and I hated the dog, I felt it was too jokey for Harry.  However, I loved the coffee shop scene and the final silhouette scene.  Not a patch on the first three films. 

C E acting skills have always been so good that often he has not been recognized as being as good of an actor as he really has been. It has so often been like he was captured in a documentary about a real spontaneous happening. Honkey Tonk Man is a good example. The film captured consumately the spirit of the depression era in the midwest and Memphis and Nashville and the torn emotions present in everyones everyday life.


PS to Daveytriumph.....Your icon portrays a motorcycle very familiar to me. It looks like the 58 Triumph TR6 that I owned and rode and loved for many miles many years ago today. Is it a photo of you on your bike or a screen shot of C E from one of his films that I unfortunately have not had the joy of viewing (and recognizing) yet?

Ride like the wind. Indeed.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Whistledixie on December 24, 2013, 06:04:41 AM
Is it a photo of you on your bike or a screen shot of C E from one of his films that I unfortunately have not had the joy of viewing (and recognizing) yet?


Hey MWNA,

That shot is from the end of Coogan's Bluff...saw it a few weeks ago on broadcast TV (which many are surprised to find still exists). Either the THIS or COZI channel. They also played the Eiger Sanction a few weeks before that... and In the Line of Fire. Come to think of it, they're a pretty good Eastwood source.... but I digress.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 24, 2013, 06:57:49 AM
I'll be honest, the first time I saw Honkytonk Man... I laughed.  I couldn't help myself.  The sight of Clint Eastwood singing was so against everything I'd seen him do before (I'd not yet seen Paint Your Wagon, which produced even more laughs).  I don't believe it had widespread release so I missed it in the cinema.  As it was playing repeatedly on cable, that gave me the opportunity to return to it with an opened mind.  Not only did I ultimately come away liking it (and still do), I even went and got the soundtrack on cassette.  I don't believe Eastwood's version of the title song is on the album and I always thought that a shame.  It would've been better to start of with Clint's rendition and ending with Marty Robbins' as it was his character that completed the song in the movie. 

I enjoyed the soundtrack and listened to it repeatedly (now that I'm taking this walk down memory lane, the same went for City Heat).  I thought Clint handled When I Sing About You and No Sweeter Cheater Than You very well.  They're both very pleasant-sounding melodies.  I think I'll see if those are on You Tube and sing them to my baby girl.  I got a kick out of his line from In The Jailhouse Now, "You mean you only brought one bottle of Gin?"   ;D

I wonder if Eastwood recorded more songs that weren't included on the soundtrack.  I know he sang more titles in the movie. 

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/Srwb8MxRsGI/AAAAAAAADB0/lLfJXcVP6JQ/s400/honkytonk_man+LP+front.jpg) (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/Ss9LWU8tdfI/AAAAAAAADJM/DxuBIHmZdaY/s400/Honkytonk+Man+lp+Front.JPG)

A funny line from Honkytonk Man:
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"And when's the last time you saw chicken sh*t Jim Bob, when you were shaving this morning?"

(http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4550235633025170&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on December 26, 2013, 04:55:19 AM

Hey MWNA,

That shot is from the end of Coogan's Bluff...saw it a few weeks ago on broadcast TV (which many are surprised to find still exists). Either the THIS or COZI channel. They also played the Eiger Sanction a few weeks before that... and In the Line of Fire. Come to think of it, they're pretty good Eastwood source.... but I digress.


Thanks for the info. Not too long ago, as time goes by for me, I bought Coogans Bluff disk but have not yet had the good sense to view it. Will do so soon.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: rr-electricangel on December 27, 2013, 10:14:36 PM
Sudden Impact was the first time I payed attention to Dirty Harry. Before that I had never seen a Dirty Harry all the way through. I was really too young to appreciate them anyway. I felt Harry was at his best in this installment. Certain things look campy in retrospect but sequels are like that. Tone always tends to be less serious as sequels progress.

Best line: Well, this is the .44 Magnum Auto-Mag and it hold a 300-grain cartridge. And, if properly used, it can remove the fingerprints.  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Hemlock on January 05, 2014, 06:36:44 AM
I was 13 y/o when I saw Sudden Impact at the cinema and clearly too young for it or at least some of the content of the film.The film was in Finland forbidden under 18 y/o for a good reason,I think.( I believe it`s forbidden under16 or 15 nowdays.Today`s kids are more tougher I guess  ::) )
Anyways I did get in and was blown away by it.I had seen some gritty films already as an avid film fan but I remember Sudden Impact being something else at that time.I Felt that films`s tone was much darker than in those other Dirty Harry-films.
I loved the court,coffeehouse and the wedding scenes.Those were very Dirty Harry-esque but I thought this was as much if not more so Sondra Locke`s/her character`s film.Dirty Harry being sort of a support character.I do think that this film is the best performance from Locke that I´ve seen.Liked her in The Gauntlet and in the Outlaw Josey Wales but this is best from her for me.
The ending was pure Dirty Harry,simple solution maybe but it worked for me...and still does.
So I´d say that this is the third best Dirty Harry-film after the original and Magnum Force.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on January 09, 2014, 10:43:28 PM
Recently viewed this film for the first time. Not even trailers or one-minute flashes before now.

To slightly paraphrase Bob Dylon when he was speaking of a woman he looked upon and found fair.....There aint nothin about this movie I dont like.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 10, 2014, 07:18:31 AM
Sudden Impact was the first time I payed attention to Dirty Harry. Before that I had never seen a Dirty Harry all the way through. I was really too young to appreciate them anyway. I felt Harry was at his best in this installment. Certain things look campy in retrospect but sequels are like that. Tone always tends to be less serious as sequels progress.

Best line: Well, this is the .44 Magnum Auto-Mag and it hold a 300-grain cartridge. And, if properly used, it can remove the fingerprints.  :coolsmiley:

I like the look on Horace's face when Callahan speaks this line.  It's fitting that the actor that heard the "Do you feel lucky?" speech was here again for this one as well.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 10, 2014, 07:20:03 AM
I was 13 y/o when I saw Sudden Impact at the cinema and clearly too young for it or at least some of the content of the film.The film was in Finland forbidden under 18 y/o for a good reason,I think.( I believe it`s forbidden under16 or 15 nowdays.Today`s kids are more tougher I guess  ::) )
Anyways I did get in and was blown away by it.I had seen some gritty films already as an avid film fan but I remember Sudden Impact being something else at that time.I Felt that films`s tone was much darker than in those other Dirty Harry-films.
I loved the court,coffeehouse and the wedding scenes.Those were very Dirty Harry-esque but I thought this was as much if not more so Sondra Locke`s/her character`s film.Dirty Harry being sort of a support character.I do think that this film is the best performance from Locke that I´ve seen.Liked her in The Gauntlet and in the Outlaw Josey Wales but this is best from her for me.
The ending was pure Dirty Harry,simple solution maybe but it worked for me...and still does.
So I´d say that this is the third best Dirty Harry-film after the original and Magnum Force.

I like how they show Mick standing by the merry-go-round unicorn briefly, the viewer not knowing that's where he ends up at the end of the film.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 10, 2014, 07:20:30 AM
Recently viewed this film for the first time. Not even trailers or one-minute flashes before now.

To slightly paraphrase Bob Dylon when he was speaking of a woman he looked upon and found fair.....There aint nothin about this movie I dont like.

Wow, that's exactly how I felt about this film when I first saw it.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 10, 2014, 07:25:49 AM
Here is a very rare German door panel poster.

               (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/S39ip0JJfnI/AAAAAAAAEuw/fWASHO_DxmU/s400/Sudden+Impact+German+Door+Panel.jpg)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on January 10, 2014, 11:55:44 PM
I like the look on Horace's face when Callahan speaks this line.  It's fitting that the actor that heard the "Do you feel lucky?" speech was here again for this one as well.

Yes, that was great. The Horace actor really is a plus in all his DH appearances.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on January 11, 2014, 12:14:14 AM
I have a question about this movie.

When Horace shows up at DH's room in a celebratory mood holding a bottle of wine.....I could not figure out what the reason was for him to be there. He said that "The trouble is over, we can relax now!" (or something like that)

But I dont remember any kind of breaking news that would have led him to that conclusion. Could anybody clue me in?
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 11, 2014, 09:18:03 AM
Yes, that was great. The Horace actor really is a plus in all his DH appearances.

I was hoping to see him in The Dead Pool but was sadly disappointed.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 11, 2014, 09:21:28 AM
I have a question about this movie.

When Horace shows up at DH's room in a celebratory mood holding a bottle of wine.....I could not figure out what the reason was for him to be there. He said that "The trouble is over, we can relax now!" (or something like that)

But I dont remember any kind of breaking news that would have led him to that conclusion. Could anybody clue me in?

I can only guess, but here it goes:  I'm thinking another scene was filmed, perhaps, to support this scene but was ultimately deleted.  Either that or it was just a reason thrown in to get Callahan riled up.  I'm sure there are other members and/or moderators who know for sure and I'm curious to know as well.   
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on January 12, 2014, 12:35:48 AM
I can only guess, but here it goes:  I'm thinking another scene was filmed, perhaps, to support this scene but was ultimately deleted.  Either that or it was just a reason thrown in to get Callahan riled up.  I'm sure there are other members and/or moderators who know for sure and I'm curious to know as well.   


I reckon you are probably right, that other supporting scenes were planned, or filmed, but then for whatever reason the supporting scenes were cut.

This is not actually a blooper or gaffe, since there are possible logical explanations. The film, over all, is so good that this is just a quirk, not a spoiler. 

But, man, I gots to know!!
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 16, 2014, 10:05:05 AM
But, man, I gots to know!!

 ;D

(https://sp3.yimg.com/ib/th?id=H.4517761414922547&pid=15.1)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Perry on January 22, 2014, 07:30:16 PM


Never liked Sudden Impact, but interesting thing about Paul Drake who played Mick is today a Master instructor of martial arts form of Tai Chi Chuan at Mountain River Academy of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.....
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on January 28, 2014, 09:45:40 PM
Always greatly liked Sudden Impact, and interesting thing about Harry's partner Horace....While doing some gun research yesterday (or was it the day before, in all the excitement I lost count myself) I stumbled across something interesting about Smith and Wesson. The Smith and Wesson.

Guess what Smith's name was? No, no, not the Smith part.....Smith's name was HORACE Smith!!

I know!  What a coincidence!  :o
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: KC on January 28, 2014, 10:04:23 PM
^ Hmm, and Wesson's full name was Daniel Baird Wesson. Can't recall that Clint ever had a partner with one of those monikers ... ;)

(Nice observation, MWNA!)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Richard Earl on January 29, 2014, 06:06:00 PM
I can usually remember when and where I was the first time that I have seen an Eastwood movie. I cannot remember when or where I was when I saw Sudden Impact. I have seen it many times though. It is my 4th favorite of the Dirty Harry films and yes it seems more like a Sondra film then a Dirty Harry film to me as well. Nonetheless it still has many great Callahan one liners and  Clint rocks as Dirty Harry once again.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on January 30, 2014, 05:17:07 AM
^ Hmm, and Wesson's full name was Daniel Baird Wesson. Can't recall that Clint ever had a partner with one of those monikers ... ;)

(Nice observation, MWNA!)



(Nice observation, KC!) :P

Well urrrr uhhhh hmmmm.  ???  OK, but....in A Perfect World, in his incarnation as Red Garnett, remember how Clint found, stole, cooked, and ate the Governor's Tater Tots? Hmmmm? The cooking oil implicated in the Tater Tot escapade could have been, and because of its great popularity in that historical time period era mileu , probably was ......You guessed it!!........ WESSON oil.  :2funny:
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 31, 2014, 01:54:54 PM

Never liked Sudden Impact, but interesting thing about Paul Drake who played Mick is today a Master instructor of martial arts form of Tai Chi Chuan at Mountain River Academy of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.....

Wow, very interesting.  Thanks for sharing that tidbit.
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on February 03, 2014, 03:35:43 AM
A bothersome thing keeps on popping into my head about this film.

 Early in it we see a stalker packing a shotgun creeping up on Harry as he is preparing to shoot his Automag at a target. We see Harry pick up the world's even more powerfullest handgun out of its presentation case and prep it. 

Much later in the film we see Harry dig out a presentation case and pick up the Automag 'cause he aims to stalk some Bad Guys and he has misplaced his 44 Magnum revolver.

Bothersome Thing......The presentation case according to my worn out old man memory is a DIFFERENT case. In my old worn out memory it has two (2) clip holes in one scene and then three (3) clip holes in the other scene!

I will have to spool up my dvd and check this out soon.

I know, its a rotten job having to watch one of the best Eastwood movies AGAIN, but, somebody has to do it, right?

I just hope that I see that it is my memory gone haywire and unreliable instead of an Eastwood film having a gaffe in it.  ???
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: The Man With No Aim on February 07, 2014, 07:48:26 AM
Well, I made my day by digging up my Sudden Impact disk and investigating the AutoMag  case question.

Early in the film, when Harry is trying out his AutoMag pistol, we can plainly see that the case has two clip holes under the gun hole. And, noteworthy, in that scene, scene 13 on my disk, the case contains the gun and two clips. When Harry picks up the gun, he also picks up a clip and inserts it. Then he fires 6 shots at a hapless target. BTW (short for By The Way, so that an impatient typer will not have to take all the time to type out By The Way) the AutoMag had a 7 cartridge clip. So he has one cartridge autoloaded in the chamber when he returns to the case and picks up the second clip and inserts it . Then Harry mows down a total of 8 target victims which adds up, one in the chamber and 7 in the new clip. So, even if you or me lost count in all the excitement, it is allright, the number of bullets shot equals the number of bullets available.

Toward the very end of the film, Harry is pissed at the Bad Guys and opens the AutoMag case and preps the gun. At that time, we see that IT IS THE SAME CASE. My earlier alarm was a figment of poor perception. BUT, in addition to the two clips in their regular holes, there is a third clip setting above the gun,loose,  not enjoying the comfort of a dedicated hole in the case architecture.

In Magnum Force, we learned from Briggs that Harry always carries 3 clips. 

Researching this faux-anomaly teased me because I cheated, not watching  the film through but skipping around. It reminded me of what a really good film this is. Sometime, hopefully soon, who really knows exactly when, I'm sure gonna watch the whole thing again.       
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on February 23, 2014, 06:50:49 AM
Japenese poster

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Y2F7daFbH4M/S39jyNMZ-rI/AAAAAAAAEu4/fNYDvSn8PiY/s400/Sudden+Impact+Japan+Poster.jpg)
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: antonis on March 31, 2014, 11:23:48 AM
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Trailers from Hell Takes on Clint Eastwood in 'Sudden Impact'

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This week on Trailers from Hell, TV writer and produce Alan Spencer talks about the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series, "Sudden Impact," starring Clint Eastwood:

Though notable as the only "Dirty Harry" movie to be directed by Clint Eastwood himself, "Sudden Impact" earned its place in American culture as the movie that inspired Ronald Reagan to co-opt Harry's deadpan dare to a gun-wielding punk, "Go ahead, make my day." Bruce Surtees, Eastwood's longtime cinematographer, once again brings his distinctly hardboiled visual style to Harry Callahan's unforgiving universe.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/sudden-impact-trailers-from-hell-clint-eastwood
Title: Re: Sudden Impact 30th anniversary "Go ahead, make my day!"
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 04, 2014, 06:24:25 AM
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/sudden-impact-trailers-from-hell-clint-eastwood

I finally got around to watching this.  Thanks for sharing, Antonis.