Thursday, March 29, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—Sudden Impact (1983) ***½

R, 117 min.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Joseph C. Stinson, Earl E. Smith, Charles B. Pierce, Harry Julian Fink (characters), R.M. Fink (characters)
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sandra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake, Audrie Neenan, Jack Thibeau, Michael Currie, Albert Popwell, Kevyn Major Howard

“No, this stuff isn't gettin' to me. The knifings, the beatings, old ladies being bashed in the head for their Social Security checks, teachers being thrown out of a fourth-floor window because they don't give As, that doesn't bother me a bit. Or this job, either. Having to wade through the scum of this city, being swept away by bigger and bigger waves of corruption, apathy and red tape. Nah, that doesn't bother me. But you know what does bother me? You know what makes me really sick to my stomach? Is watching you stuff your face with those hot dogs. Nobody, I mean NOBODY puts ketchup on a hot dog.”

                        —“Dirty” Harry Callahan, “Sudden Impact”.

This was the irrefutable evidence my father would present to me whenever he pointed out that I was eating my hot dogs wrong. If Clint Eastwood said it, it must be so.

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