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The Dead Pool (1988)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  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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Captain Donnelly
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Christopher P. Beale ...
D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
John Allen Vick ...
Jeff Richmond ...
Freeway Reporter #1
Patrick N. Van Horn ...
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

For Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan, fame and celebrity status is not his lifestyle, especially when it interferes with his job. But right after putting one of San Francisco's crime bosses in prison, Callahan ends up in the status quo as well as being written in a list for a game called, 'The Dead Pool', where his life is now in the line along with other famous celebrities that are mysteriously dying. Callahan is up against the media attention, an enraged hit man, and a new killer, who's attempting to throw off the dead pool game anyway possible. Callahan has to find the connection between the killings and the perpetrator, before the game can be declared over. Written by Anonymous

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Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game

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Action | Thriller

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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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Second of three films where stunt coordinator and second unit director Buddy Van Horn directed Clint Eastwood. The other movies were Pink Cadillac (1989) and Any Which Way You Can (1980). These three Eastwood pictures directed by Van Horn were all made during the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene between Callahan and Rook, Callahan walks towards Rook holding a harpoon gun with a spool of rope, easily 25 feet in length, around his left arm. The next scene is a closeup of the harpoon gun, being aimed, but the rope is no longer on his arm. The next scene is of Callahan with the rope back around his arm. And then again a closeup of the harpoon gun with the rope off his arm. See more »

Quotes

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.
Lou Janero: [nervous, but trying not to show it] So what?
Harry Callahan: So Hicks there is my new pen pal. I'm going to be sending him a letter once a week, and I'm going to be telling him how I'm gonna be looking in on his sick mother, and...
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Referenced in Pawn Stars: Like a Rock (2012) See more »

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
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Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Brings back a little life into the franchise but nowhere near enough
27 November 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Improves a bit from the horrible 'Sudden Impact' but that is not enough making it just another addition to the franchise riding on its original appeal. When everything was going south, a terrific thrilling chase sequence brought the movie back to its life and it probably is the best action sequence of the entire series. That and the inclusion of beautiful Patricia Clarkson but though she gets enough screen time there is too little meat in the role than she is capable of.

SFPD witnesses the murder of a celebrity Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey) and when they come across a racket that bets on which celebrity is going to die next. The death of another celebrity makes a low end horror film maker Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) a prime suspect in the case but Harry's instincts tell him otherwise. Harry is assigned a new partner and also meets a beautiful news reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson). When the killer notices a sidetrack in the investigation, he tries to take on Harry personally.

Works a world lot better than 'Sudden Impact' but still a mile away from the first two. The chase sequence between the toy car and the real one though exaggerated and unrealistic on hindsight, but was quite thrilling and one aspect that brings the movie to life. Liam Neeson plays the perfect B-Movie supporting character. Patricia Clarkson is well known for her acting prowess but looked gorgeous in this younger and earlier role. With a crisp runtime and not too many deviations, it was a breeze to sit through but never shedding the feel of a B-Movie.

Brings back a little life into the franchise but nowhere near enough


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