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The Dead Pool (1988)

 -  Action | Crime | 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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Darwin Gillett ...
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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 ...
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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

This was the only Dirty Harry movie not to feature Albert Popwell. He played a robber in "Dirty Harry", a pimp in "Magnum Force", a militant in "The Enforcer, and Horace King in "Sudden Impact" See more »

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During the chase with the remote controlled car, after Callahan's car makes it's second jump over a steep hill, you can briefly see a portable film camera on a mount in the back seat of the car. 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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Pool Of Dead Critics
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was altogether too simple for the critics back in '88 -- the whole idea was to point the barrel of the joke right back at the criticism.

Whereas the previous Dirty Harry features sat on a platform of utter contempt for bureaucrats and political correctness, here it's expanded to contempt for journalists, and especially the subspecies of 'media critics'. As if they couldn't make it clearer, a 'movie critic' is murdered, and treated as an occurrence of 'death of celebrities by threes'.

Yes, this is explicitly about movie making; the previous four movies suffered from poor supporting casts that only got in the way of the narrative. Here Van Horn deliberately employs good actors to play bad genre roles and thus turns the series on its head.

Along the way, we get a nice comment on "Bullitt", this time deflating the over touted car chase with a gag: an explosives laden model '63 Z06 (instead of a fastback Mustang, to drive home the point).

By this time, the .44 Magnum is treated as a character, with a 'voice' that rolls off the cityscape like thunder...the bad guys run at the mere sight of it. To put the icing on the 'man with the biggest gun' motif, Clint dispatches the villain with an earlier one liner ("you're S.O.L.") and a movie prop harpoon. The elaborate conflation of sexual double entendre, humor and cowboy justice went soaring over many heads. Arnold wishes he was half this funny in "Last Action Hero".

Ah, we miss Harry...but his retirement to Carmel was both serendipitous and necessary. By the end of this, he's killed off every cartoon bad guy left in the movie universe, paving the way for both the dimensional villains of "Die Hard" and its ilk, AND the hosannas bestowed on "Unforgiven".


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