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The Dead Pool (1988)

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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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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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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

The last sequel Clint Eastwood ever made. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene when Harry is ambushed in his car he's shot at by all the people, wrecks the car, then he gets out and kills them all. The next scene shows a tow truck pulling away Harry's car, and you can see bullet holes through the driver side door and driver side rear door in reality if this happened (even with low calibre ammo, which was apparent they were not because of the weapons used) bullets will easily penetrate car doors most times go through one side and out the other (if not hitting what's inside first, i.e. like a person) so if the car were shot where the bullet holes were at, Harry would have surely been killed. See more »

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Harry Callahan: Do you like cops?
Samantha Walker: As long as they're not in my rearview mirror.
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Spoofs Bullitt (1968) 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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Undone by a weak ending
31 December 2010 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Warning: Contains spoilers

The "Dirty Harry" series ends with a whimper thanks to a weak ending. Why conceal the identity of the killer when he turns out to be a subsidiary character who is built into the story in the last half hour?

Patricia Clarkson makes for a bland leading lady (despite a knockout figure) and has little chemistry with Eastwood. So, placing her in jeopardy creates no suspense. Also, having Harry surrender his legendary sidearm doesn't fit well with previous installments, since he has a clear head shot with the killer. Finally, having Harry find the harpoon gun shown in a previous scene is just a little too incredible.

Buddy Van Horn, as a director, is no Eastwood, but he does a pretty good job. Most of the stunts are quite good and the cinematography is excellent. Lalo Schifrin's score is bouncy, but forgettable.

Too bad, as a little script reworking would have made for a very good "Dirty Harry" effort. As it is, however, "The Dead Pool" is the weakest of the "Dirty Harry" series.


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