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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan C. Kim ...
Al Quan
Michael Currie ...
Captain Donnelly
Darwin Gillett ...
Anthony Charnota ...
Christopher P. Beale ...
D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
John Allen Vick ...
Freeway Reporter #1
Patrick N. Van Horn ...
Freeway Reporter #2 (as Patrick Van Horn)
Sigrid Wurschmidt ...
Freeway Reporter #3
Johnny Squares (as James Carrey)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game


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Release Date:

13 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool  »

Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)


$37,903,295 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Molly Fisher's body is being taken out, and then 'Harry' comes out of her house, it's the same set/place that was used in Play Misty for Me (1971). See more »


Following the opening scene shoot out, the camera man's shadow appears on the car as they tow Callahan's bullet riddled car away, See more »


Harlan Rook: [while holding Samantha hostage, in his arm] You let me down, "Mr. Famous Fuckin' Cop". You let Swan, get away!
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Referenced in Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001) See more »


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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Loved them all!!!
4 March 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Having just seen Dead Pool, the last of the Dirty Harry series, I have to say that I enjoyed this film as much as the other four. I don't have a favorite, I loved them all. Recently I became interested in Clint Eastwood's films and have seen a number of them including the westerns. Eastwood is an amazing guy. He has presence on the screen that is extraordinary. It's not that he is such a great actor, but I can't take my eyes off of him when he is in a scene. His face conveys such hysterical expression when he comes out with, "Swell!" or "Marvelous!" He's irreverent, gritty, rude, shoots criminals in the back, beats the sh-t out of them, antagonizes everyone, and so what. He gets the job done! I liked everyone in the cast even Patricia Clarkson and her nasal voice. Liam Neeson was great, sounding for all the world exactly like Ralph Fiennes. And the music in all five of the series was terrific -the best! What a treat!

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