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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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Evan C. Kim ...
Al Quan
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Michael Currie ...
Captain Donnelly
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D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
John Allen Vick ...
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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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13 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$37,903,295 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the book "Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner" (1992) by Michael Munn, Clint Eastwood once said of this movie, "It's fun, once in a while, to have a character you can go back to. It's like revisiting an old friend you haven't seen for a long time. You figure 'I'll go back and see how he feels about things now'." See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene when Harry is ambushed in his car he's shot at by all the people, wrecks the car, then he gets out and kills them all. The next scene shows a tow truck pulling away Harry's car, and you can see bullet holes through the driver side door and driver side rear door in reality if this happened (even with low calibre ammo, which was apparent they were not because of the weapons used) bullets will easily penetrate car doors most times go through one side and out the other (if not hitting what's inside first, i.e. like a person) so if the car were shot where the bullet holes were at, Harry would have surely been killed. See more »

Quotes

Peter Swan: Do you mind, gentlemen? I happen to be at a funeral.
Harry Callahan: Like to talk to you about your list.
Peter Swan: It's no big secret. Most of the cast and crew knew about it. I didn't tell you because the dead pool is just a harmless game.
Harry Callahan: Sounds pretty sick to me.
Peter Swan: Let me tell you something, Callahan. People... people are fascinated with death and violence. That's why my films make money. They're an escape, a vicarious release of fear. Same thing with this game. Nobody takes my films *or* the dead pool seriously.
Harry Callahan: Well...
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Last ''Dirty Harry'' And A Good One
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the fifth and last "Dirty Harry" movie with Clint Eastwood playing the hero again, Inspector Harry Callahan, cleaning up the streets of San Francisco from all the scumbag criminals. I've always found "The Dead Pool" to be one of his best in this series.

It's entertaining with pretty taut suspense and always fun to go back and see a young Jim Carrey. It's always cool, too, to watch those little remote-control cars with bombs attached go speeding through the streets underneath automobiles. At an hour-and-a-half, there are no dry spots in this film, either.

The female lead, Patricia Clarkson, is not one of my favorites. Eastwood seems to like those skinny blonds. Evan Kim, playing "Harry's" new partner, "Al Quan," was a likable guy. Even Harry's slightly more low-key in this movie, his language more tame and he gets in a few comedic zingers as well. Carrey plays a totally-despicable drugged-out rock star but he doesn't last long in the film. Carry and Liam Neeson play low-life people and combine to put some sleaze into the story.

Despite the usual less-than-credible action scenes at the end (where the villains miss from point-blank range, etc.), this is still a very entertaining movie and one of my favorites among the "Dirty Harry" films. Clint went out in style with this film.


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