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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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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 »
User Reviews:
"Enjoyable." See more (112 total) »

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)

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
(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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Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
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:
Director Buddy Van Horn, a friend and colleague of Eastwood's, was chosen to direct because Eastwood knew Van Horn would shoot the film fast - something Eastwood always prefers. The two carried on the working relationship with 1989's "Pink Cadillac".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Harry and Al are investigating the death of Johnny Squares in his trailer, Squares has a rubber strap around his left bicep. A moment later as Callahan lifts his arm to describe the tract marks on his arms, the strap is gone.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, someone gave Squares the drugs that killed him - maybe it was you.
Peter Swan:You can't tie me into Johnny's death just because of a coincidence. My assistant and my effects supervisor were playing the game too, why don't you talk to them?
Harry Callahan:Oh, we will - but nobody on their list is dead yet.
Peter Swan:Hey, look, Callahan, Johnny was a major drugs user, and I predicted he'd die this year, but that's all I did. Don't you get it? The whole idea is to pick celebrities who aren't going to make it, because they're old, or because they're sick or because they're in a high-risk profession.
Harry Callahan:Like police work?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Face/Off (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLESee more »

FAQ

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"Enjoyable.", 17 November 2004
Author: jamesraeburn2003 from Poole, Dorset

Tough San Fransisco cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is on the trail of a psychopathic killer who is obsessed with the works of British horror film director Peter Swan (Liam Neeson). Swan has developed a macabre but harmless game called "The Dead Pool", in which he drew up a list of local celebrities whom he believed would all die in nasty seemingly accidental ways. These include his harshest film critic Molly Fisher (Ronnie Claire-Edwards), drug addict rockstar Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey) and Inspector Callahan himself. The demented film buff proceeds to murder the people on the list one by one in horrific ways which correspond to Swan's movies. Callahan finds himself not only tracking down this crased psychotic, but also has to contend with various attempts on his life organised by a disgruntled crime boss whom Callahan put away and a new colleague, a Chinese American karate expert called Inspector Al Quan (Evan C Kim).

THE DEAD POOL is Eastwood's fifth and final incarnation as Dirty Harry to date. The series always reworked the seemingly routine premise of Callahan's unorthodox approach to police work, his dislike of workplace politics and his relationships with work colleagues. However, these are essential characteristics to the series no matter how much our film critics moan about them. A bit like how much the same old smutty seaside postcard humour is valuable to the Carry On films. If the filmmakers abandoned them they would lose out at the box office. THE DEAD POOL in itself has all the characteristics of it's predecessors and the action is plentiful and Eastwood is superb as always in one of his most famous roles. One of the best set-pieces involves a car chase through the streets of San Francisco with Callahan and Quan being chased by no other than a radio control car, only this is more than a harmless kid's toy, it's a bomb! The film is also memorable for featuring future stars Liam Neeson (who is excellent as the arrogant filmmaker) and Jim Carrey as the ill-fated rockstar before he went into making those overblown comedies like DUMB AND DUMBER.

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