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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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Evan C. Kim ...
Al Quan
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Michael Currie ...
Captain Donnelly
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Darwin Gillett ...
Anthony Charnota ...
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 ...
Freeway Reporter #3
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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

13 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

The song "Welcome to the Jungle" was used as the rock clip as the music video tie-in (sung by rock star Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey) for this movie's movie-within-a-movie which was called "Hotel Satan". The song also became a music tie-in for the actual film itself, making its use a twofold tie-in. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Al are investigating the death of Johnny Squares in his trailer, Squares has a rubber strap around his left bicep. A moment later as Callahan lifts his arm to describe the tract marks on his arms, the strap is gone. See more »

Quotes

Harry Callahan: [friendly] You forgot your fortune cookie!
Gunman #1: [confused, yells] What?
Harry Callahan: It says...
[pauses]
Harry Callahan: "You're shit outta luck!"
[Harry shoots him]
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Soundtracks

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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Dirty Harry still has it
24 March 2001 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Dirty Harry still has it. This film has all the mayhem, the violence, the wisecracks, the whole formula. Patricia Clarkson's delicate beauty is a good counterpoint to Eastwood's ruggedness. It was interesting to see actors like Neeson and Carrey paying their dues. When I first saw this film, I didn't realize that the "car chase" scene, running from the toy Corvette, was a spoof of Bullitt, but on viewing this time, I found the homage hilarious. No, this film isn't the equal of "Dirty Harry" but it's not bad at all for a fourth sequel.


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