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The Dead Pool -- Academy Award-winner Clint Eastwood ("Unforgiven," "Million Dollar Baby") is once again San Francisco homicide detective Dirty Harry in the fifth installment of the Dirty Harry films.
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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Writers (WGA):
Harry Julian Fink (characters) and
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Release Date:
13 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game
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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  (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)

Theodore Carl Soderberg ... Detective (uncredited)
Izzy Stradlin ... Musician at Funeral (uncredited)
John Woehrle ... Cop in Video Footage (uncredited)

Directed by
Buddy Van Horn 
Writing credits
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
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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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
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?

A number of the crew's names were used as names on "The Dead Pool" Master List of intended victims. These included the director of photography Jack N. Green (as Jack Green), assistant film editor, Michael Cipriano (as Michael Cipriano) and the chief lighting technician, Tom Stern (as Thomas Stern). When Inspector Quan (Evan C. Kim) finds the list on the body of a Chinatown robbery victim, he shows the list to Callahan, and mentions that Michael Cipriano was a racing-car driver.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Around the 64 minute mark when a car is follow the jogging Callahan through the gateway and stopping to the inner yard, the film crew can be seen reflecting off the chrome bumper. The soon following shot of the two men getting out of the vehicle reveals a completely empty courtyard.See more »
Harry Callahan:Do you have any kids, lieutenant?
Lt. Ackerman:Me? No.
Harry Callahan:Lucky for them.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Eastwood's last "Dirty Harry", 15 March 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

In the final Dirty Harry movie, Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is annoyed by his new-found fame, caused by his court testimony against an important mob figure. His next case is a real winner: an obnoxious British director (Liam Neeson) has a "dead pool" on the set of his new horror flick. Each crew member picks ten celebrities they believe will die, and the one with the most dead celebs on their list at the end of the game is the big winner.

Just one problem with this - the people on the director's list start dying at an alarming rate and mysteriously, including his leading man. And guess whose name is on the list as well - yeah, Harry's.

If this isn't enough, a TV reporter (Patricia Clarkson) wants to do a big story on him.

Directed by Buddy van Horn, "The Dead Pool" is a spoof of a sort, killing a movie critic as part of the story (ouch), and the story actually concerns movie-making. It also has a car chase that's a take-off on "Bullitt." The stereotypical characters found in this type of film are played by some excellent actors, and there's plenty of sexual innuendo to go around.

Someone mentioned that Eastwood seems a little old here for Dirty Harry. He seems old for just about every role he plays, frankly, but he keeps playing them. It's always amazing how men are able to do this with no problem, but give the man his due. He's a great presence, and in 1988, his best work as both a director and an actor was yet to come! Very entertaining and well-acted. If you can get the joke, you'll enjoy it all the more.

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