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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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D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
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Freeway Reporter #1
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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,903,295 (USA)
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The car chase sequence was inspired by the one in the earlier Steve McQueen movie Bullitt (1968). There was an intention to top that car chase with this film. Reportedly, the sequence is Clint Eastwood's favorite from the movie. See more »

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Eastwood's last "Dirty Harry"
15 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the final Dirty Harry movie, Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is annoyed by his new-found fame, caused by his court testimony against an important mob figure. His next case is a real winner: an obnoxious British director (Liam Neeson) has a "dead pool" on the set of his new horror flick. Each crew member picks ten celebrities they believe will die, and the one with the most dead celebs on their list at the end of the game is the big winner.

Just one problem with this - the people on the director's list start dying at an alarming rate and mysteriously, including his leading man. And guess whose name is on the list as well - yeah, Harry's.

If this isn't enough, a TV reporter (Patricia Clarkson) wants to do a big story on him.

Directed by Buddy van Horn, "The Dead Pool" is a spoof of a sort, killing a movie critic as part of the story (ouch), and the story actually concerns movie-making. It also has a car chase that's a take-off on "Bullitt." The stereotypical characters found in this type of film are played by some excellent actors, and there's plenty of sexual innuendo to go around.

Someone mentioned that Eastwood seems a little old here for Dirty Harry. He seems old for just about every role he plays, frankly, but he keeps playing them. It's always amazing how men are able to do this with no problem, but give the man his due. He's a great presence, and in 1988, his best work as both a director and an actor was yet to come! Very entertaining and well-acted. If you can get the joke, you'll enjoy it all the more.


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