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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

The only film in the Dirty Harry series to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio; the previous four films were shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. See more »

Goofs

The first car bomb with the remote control toy leaves no trace of its victim, yet when the next car bomb detonates under Callahan and his partner's vehicle, they are able to walk away with minor injuries, in lieu of the fact that they pulled forward a few feet before the bomb exploded. See more »

Quotes

Butcher Hicks: [Harry pays Hicks his box of smokes for just standing] That's it?
Harry Callahan: That's it. Oh, you see that dirtbag I was talking to down there?
[points to Janero]
Harry Callahan: He says that smoking can cause cancer, and anyone who smokes as much as you do is one dumb son-of-a-bitch!
[Hicks growls menacingly and stares daggers at Janero who shuts himself back in his cell]
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Featured in A Moral Right: The Politics of Dirty Harry (2008) See more »

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Written by Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not so grand finale but passable
11 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So this is the final movie in the Dirty Harry franchise. And for a finale it isn't that great of a final. This one just takes the great vibe it had in the series for the most part and gets way too cheesy. What this movie does is try to be entertaining and it is to some degree. But the movie as a whole just isn't a very good edition to this franchise. This franchise was never really realistic but it just comes off goofy for the most part and not really in a good way either. At least it has Liam Neeson as the probable main villain this time which is great, because he plays badass characters really well. So for Harry's probable final opponent it makes it worthwhile. So Liam Neeson character might be a evil film maker that does mostly horror films and might be the one who does some killings by playing a game called the dead pool and it's up to Harry Callahan to take the culprit down. But the thing is even for a movie like this some scenes just comes off way too absurd without it having much impact. This movie is ironic though how the main thing that drives this movie is death and violence and yet this one bashes on film makers that is infatuated with making violent movies. Harry's character is also a bit different in this, I don't know if the character changed after aging but it just didn't seem welcome. Harry Callahan seemed more like Robocop and the criminals in this is just absurdly incompetent. So sure the movie has bunch of flaws especially since it hardly has any meat in the story but it's still somewhat entertaining and worth a watch especially if you like this genre. And it's a alright finale for this tough cop thriller.

6.3/10


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