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The Dead Pool (1988)

Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

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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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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,071,330 (USA) (17 July 1988)

Gross:

$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

First of two Clint Eastwood movies which feature a then unknown Jim Carrey. The second would be a cameo in Pink Cadillac (1989) where Carrey is briefly seen performing his "Post-Nuclear Elvis Lounge Act". 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 »

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Harry Callahan: You're out of bullets. And you know what that means... you're shit outta luck.
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Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.16 (2015) 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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