Acolytes in the Church of Eastwood will tell you that Sudden Impact
is not just the Dirty Harry movie that coined “Go ahead, make my day”
for Reagan: No, it’s also the one Clint directed, and therefore has
greater moral shading and ambiguity toward violence. We skeptics will
note it also has a farting bulldog, villains who pop up randomly to
serve as a shooting gallery, and Harry Callahan commandeering a
nursing-home van to chase a bank robber. It’s ’80s excess turned
surrealist, almost a proto-Blue Velvet in its belief that under the boardwalk of American life, gangs of crazed, lesbian-led rapists wait to strike.
- Showing at: Beer and Movie at Laurelhurst.
- Best paired with: Lucky Lab Super Dog IPA.
- Also showing: The Iron Lady (Academy, Laurelhurst).