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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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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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Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool  »

Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the documentary on the Special Edition DVD set, the movie critic who gets killed is based upon famed critic Pauline Kael. It was Kael who, when critiquing the first Dirty Harry (1971) film, accused Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood of making a "fascist" and "racist" film. The critic in this film is made up to resemble Kael as she appeared during this film's release as an in-joke. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where the killer (before they have been revealed) loses their temper and stabs a news clipping of Harry Callahan repeatedly, the knife bends and is obviously a fake. See more »

Quotes

Peter Swan: [to Harry and his partner] Why the *fuck* are you people harassing me?
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Features Phantasm (1979) See more »

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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 lite
29 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

While this film was just pure entertainment, at least we got to see Dirty Harry doing what we all wanted to see him do: kick some serious ass. Sure, it seemed a little odd that a 60-year old man would be kicking the buts of guys of half his age, but isn't that what film is for: to escape reality? While this is somewhere in the middle in regards to the series as a whole, one cannot contend with the idea of Harry Callahan being one of the most endearing film characters ever made. A nice send-off to say the least.


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