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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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Patrick N. Van Horn ...
Freeway Reporter #2 (as Patrick Van Horn)
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Johnny Squares (as James Carrey)
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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

The only film in the Dirty Harry series to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio; the previous four films were shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. 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 »

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Written by Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan
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Courtesy of Geffen Records
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A fitting end to a great series
11 September 2003 | by (Northridge, California) – See all my reviews

The Dead Pool ended the Dirty Harry series just right. It is the worst of the movies but that in no way makes it a bad film. When you're up against greatness it makes it hard to do as well. This movie falls short of the other films in that it doesn't have the charisma or aura of the first four. It also lacks the 70' feel that I alluded to in Sudden Impact but since it was made in 1988 it can be forgiven for this. Don't miss Jim Carrey in an early role as a strung-out rock star. He was mugging at the camera then just like he does now. This movie still delivers decent action and a solid plot. A good bonus is the chase scene with the remote control car. Very exciting and inventive. Bottom Line: This is the worst of the series but is still a great film. You must get the box set and watch them all to fully experience the impact of these fine films.


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