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The Dead Pool -- Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
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Release Date:
13 July 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game
Plot:
Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Harry Callahan

Patricia Clarkson ... Samantha Walker

Liam Neeson ... Peter Swan
Evan C. Kim ... Al Quan

David Hunt ... Harlan Rook
Michael Currie ... Captain Donnelly

Michael Goodwin ... Lt. Ackerman
Darwin Gillett ... Patrick Snow
Anthony Charnota ... Lou Janero
Christopher P. Beale ... D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
John Allen Vick ... Lt. Ruskowski
Jeff Richmond ... Freeway Reporter #1
Patrick N. Van Horn ... Freeway Reporter #2 (as Patrick Van Horn)
Sigrid Wurschmidt ... Freeway Reporter #3

Jim Carrey ... Johnny Squares (as James Carrey)
Deborah A. Bryan ... Girl in Rock Video
Nicholas Love ... Jeff Howser
Maureen McVerry ... Vicky Owens
John X. Heart ... Samantha's Cameraman
Victoria Bastel ... Suzanne Dayton
Kathleen Turco-Lyon ... Officer at Trailer
Michael Faqir ... Sergeant at Trailer
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Molly Fisher
Wallace Choy ... Chinese Store Manager
Melodie Soe ... Chinese Restaurant Hostess
Kristopher Logan ... Gunman #1

Scott Vance ... Gunman #2
Glenn Wright ... Detective Hindmark (as Glenn T. Wright)
Stu Klitsner ... Minister

Karen Kahn ... T.V. Associate Producer

Shawn Elliott ... Chester Docksteder
Ren Reynolds ... Perry
Ed Hodson ... Paramedic at Elevator
Edward Hocking ... Warden Hocking
Diego Chairs ... Butcher Hicks
Patrick Valentino ... Pirate Captain
Calvin Jones ... Pirate Tug Reporter #1
Melissa Martin ... Pirate Tug Reporter #2
Phil Dacey ... Detective Dacey
Louis Giambalvo ... Gus Wheeler
Peter Anthony Jacobs ... Sgt. Holloway
Bill Wattenburg ... Nolan Kennard
Hugh McCann ... Young Man on Talkshow
Suzanne Sterling ... Young Woman on Talkshow
Lloyd Nelson ... Sgt. Waldman
Charles Martinet ... Police Station Reporter #1
Taylor Gilbert ... Police Station Reporter #2
George Orrison ... Embarcadero Bodyguard #1

Marc Alaimo ... Embarcadero Bodyguard #2

Justin Whalin ... Jason
Kris LeFan ... Carl
Katie Bruce ... Girl on Sidewalk
Harry Demopoulos ... Doctor in Hospital Room (as Harry Demopoulos M.D.)
John Frederick Jones ... Dr. Friedman
Martin Ganapoler ... Reporter at Pier
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (as Jim Gavin)
Craig Hosking ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Adler ... Musician at Funeral (uncredited)

Michael E. Burgess ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Brian Danker ... Background Officer (uncredited)

Duff McKagan ... Musician at Funeral (uncredited)
D.C. Murphy ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Axl Rose ... Musician at Funeral (uncredited)

Slash ... Musician at Funeral (uncredited)
Izzy Stradlin ... Musician at Funeral (uncredited)
John Woehrle ... Cop in Video Footage (uncredited)
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Directed by
Buddy Van Horn 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink)

Steve Sharon (story) &
Durk Pearson (story) &
Sandy Shaw (story)

Steve Sharon (screenplay)

Produced by
David Valdes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ron Spang 
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
 
Makeup Department
Shirley Dolle .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (as Monatgue Westmore)
 
Production Management
David Valdes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... first assistant director
Robert J. Mooney .... second second assistant director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master
F.X. Crowley .... assistant property master
Ronald C. Jacobs .... lead man (as Ron Jacobs)
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter (as Robert Lawless)
Barbara Munch .... set dresser
Jerry Swift .... assistant property master
Dwight Williams .... construction coordinator
Doug E. Williams .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (as Byron Eugene Ashbrook)
Danny Benson .... cable person
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
Jay Engel .... adr editor (as Jay N. Engel)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dee Dee Goldner .... assistant sound editor
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
David M. Horton .... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Bob Finley III .... special effects (as Robert Finley)
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Thomas Mertz .... special effects
Bruce Robles .... special effects
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Hank Baumert .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts (as Tony Cecere)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator (as Richard {Diamond} Farnsworth)
Steve Geray .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Freddie Hice .... stunts (as Fred Hice)
Larry Holt .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts (as Maria Kelly)
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Kevin Larson .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Burt Marshall .... stunts
Carol Neilson .... stunts (as Carol L. Neilson)
George Orrison .... stunts
Mark Orrison .... stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts
Rex Rossi .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Chuck Waters .... stunts
Danny Weselis .... stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Danny Wong .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Cohen .... second assistant camera
Jim Dunford .... dolly grip (as James Dunford)
Buzz Feitshans IV .... first assistant camera
Norman G. Langley .... camera operator
Vance Piper .... first assistant camera
Víctor Pérez .... assistant chief lighting technician
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator (as Doug Ryan)
Bruce D. Spellman .... best boy grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician
Bill Young .... key grip
Sheri L. Calhoun .... assistant to still photographer (uncredited)
Peter N. Green .... camera department intern (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jan Forman Campi .... casting: San Francisco (as Jan Campi)
Olivia Harris .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Nancy Hayes .... casting: San Francisco
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor: women
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor: men
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Joel Cox .... supervising editor
Jack Garsha .... color timer
 
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Donald Harris .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Robert aaron Brown .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Jack Gallagher .... set production assistant
Judie Hoyt .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
David R. Lawson .... first aid
John Lehane .... location manager
Michael Maurer .... production accountant
Lee McDonald .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Tom Rooker .... production associate
Jennifer Van Horn .... production associate
James J. Wilhelm .... craft service (as James Wilhelm)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool" - USA (poster title)
"Dirty Harry 5" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (2008) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1989) | Finland:K-18 (1988) (2001) | France:Unrated | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 (cut by 12 sec) | USA:R (certificate #29247) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The titles and taglines for some of the horror movies directed by Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) mentioned in the film and displayed on movie posters included: HOTEL SATAN ("You check in. You die."); NIGHT OF THE SLASHER ("Evil Hands are Happy Hands"); WITHOUT THE DEVIL ("How does this grab you?"); HELL WITHOUT THE DEVIL; NIGHT OF THE HANGMAN (script only shown) and SHADOWS OF THE DEAD ("Everyone should be afraid of the dark").See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Following the opening scene shoot out, the camera man's shadow appears on the car as they tow Callahan's bullet riddled car away,See more »
Quotes:
Harry Callahan:Do you like cops?
Samantha Walker:As long as they're not in my rearview mirror.
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Movie Connections:
Features Phantasm (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLESee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old British Version and the Uncensored Version?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Thank God it was the last one in the series, 13 March 2012
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is the fifth and last of the Dirty Harry films of Clint Eastwood, which began with DIRTY HARRY (1971, see my review). The worst of the series was unquestionably SUDDEN IMPACT (1983, see my review). This is the second worst. It features a ludicrously overdone raving psychopath and an equally ludicrously overdone raving film director of horror movies, played by Liam Neeson, who must in retrospect be seriously embarrassed by his performance and hope no one ever sees it again. Presumably these characters were meant to be a kind of black comedy, but if so, how sad at failed humour can you get? The strange title refers to a gambling pool of how many celebrities will die in a certain time. Plenty of them die, it is all very grisly, and the film revels in showing us how. Naturally, Dirty Harry shoots as many people dead as usual, and the body count for the film is extraordinarily high. No matter how many hoodlums shoot at him with machine guns, they always miss. This makes the film more like a comic book than a movie. It is surprising how many people have not grown past the comic book stage and enjoy 'Blam Blam!' and 'Zeewowww!' more than dialogue. Perhaps the people who like watching this stuff should be taken out and given a good dose of reality on a battlefield somewhere, and see how they like blood and gore when it is splattered all over their own faces. As for the raving psychopaths of whom Eastwood seems to be so fond, the question of his own sanity is one which I think needs some looking into. After all, how many characters have been killed by Eastwood in his film career? Just think about that one. If you had killed several hundred people in spaghetti westerns and Dirty Harry films, would you still be sane?

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