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The Dead Pool (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  13 July 1988 (USA)
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Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

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D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
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Freeway Reporter #1
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Freeway Reporter #2 (as Patrick Van Horn)
Sigrid Wurschmidt ...
Freeway Reporter #3
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Johnny Squares (as James Carrey)
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Storyline

Harry Callahan - or Dirty Harry as he is known from the previous four movies in this series - is investigating a strange betting game. A list of local celebrities has been handed out, and bets are being taken on who will be the first to die. Things start to get interesting when the name 'Harry Callahan' appears on the list. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game


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13 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,903,295 (USA)
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The Clint Eastwood film Bird (1988) was shot before this film but launched stateside after The Dead Pool (1988). Bird (1988) filmed during the last quarter of 1987 before The Dead Pool (1988) filmed Feb-April 1988. Bird (1988) was not released in the USA until late September 1988 after The Dead Pool (1988) had debuted for the American Summer season in July 1988. The Warner Brothers studio needed the picture for as a big box-office drawcard for this very lucrative period of the year. See more »

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After the killer attacks the cameraman in the garage, he gets in the news van and holds up a bloody knife to Samantha. In the next scene when they are in the shipyard building and he holds the same knife up to Samantha's throat, there is no blood on the knife. See more »

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Harry Callahan: [points out the biggest, nastiest-looking guy in the prison to Janero] See that gorilla down there? That's Butcher Hicks... and he's killed three men. You know how he did it? He tore 'em apart with his teeth! Didn't even find all the pieces... you might say he has an unhealthy appetite.
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A fitting end to a great series
11 September 2003 | by (Northridge, California) – See all my reviews

The Dead Pool ended the Dirty Harry series just right. It is the worst of the movies but that in no way makes it a bad film. When you're up against greatness it makes it hard to do as well. This movie falls short of the other films in that it doesn't have the charisma or aura of the first four. It also lacks the 70' feel that I alluded to in Sudden Impact but since it was made in 1988 it can be forgiven for this. Don't miss Jim Carrey in an early role as a strung-out rock star. He was mugging at the camera then just like he does now. This movie still delivers decent action and a solid plot. A good bonus is the chase scene with the remote control car. Very exciting and inventive. Bottom Line: This is the worst of the series but is still a great film. You must get the box set and watch them all to fully experience the impact of these fine films.


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