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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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Buddy Van Horn

Writers:

Harry Julian Fink (characters), Rita M. Fink (characters) (as R.M. Fink) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Harry Callahan
Patricia Clarkson ... Samantha Walker
Liam Neeson ... Peter Swan
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ... Al Quan
David Hunt ... Harlan Rook
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Captain Donnelly
Michael Goodwin ... Lt. Ackerman
Darwin Gillett Darwin Gillett ... Patrick Snow
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Lou Janero
Christopher P. Beale Christopher P. Beale ... D.A. Thomas McSherry (as Christopher Beale)
John Vick John Vick ... Lt. Ruskowski (as John Allen Vick)
Jeff Richmond ... Freeway Reporter #1
Patrick N. Van Horn Patrick N. Van Horn ... Freeway Reporter #2 (as Patrick Van Horn)
Sigrid Wurschmidt Sigrid Wurschmidt ... Freeway Reporter #3
Jim Carrey ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,071,330, 17 July 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,903,295
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Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Samantha Walker is having dinner with Harry Callahan, she tells about how she has researched his "colorful" police career and then she pulls out a notebook filled with collected headlines. One of those headlines read "Scorpio Killer Captured". Scorpio was the main villain in the first film of the series, Dirty Harry (1971). See more »

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Callahan and Quan as members of the San Francisco Police Dept. are being chased through the streets by a madman with a radio controlled car bomb, and they don't radio for help? They don't call for backup, relay their position, they don't have portable police radios or even use the supposed police radio in their car. The SFPD would have been all over that chase long before it ended. See more »

Quotes

Harry Callahan: She's right. Oh you can set yourself into a bonfire, we'll break out the marshmallows and the weenies, but you ain't gonna be on "News at Eleven".
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Harry Callahan's character name becomes Harry ''Callaghan'' in the Italian version and titles because the local distributor thought it sounded better. See more »


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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Written by Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan
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Suitable finish to a classic character
25 February 2009 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood wraps up his run as what is arguably his single most famous character (or maybe that The Man with No Name) in this entertaining thriller. This fifth entry in the Dirty Harry series also has the most interesting plot - on a popular horror film director's set a list of people, whom the players of a certain bizarre game expect to die, known as the "dead pool" starts to become too much of a reality as some of the mentioned people begin to die. Of course, soon enough a copy of the list surfaces with Harry's name on it.

For a what is a straight-forward thriller formula this film packs enough memorable moments to be enjoyed by more than just Dirty Harry fans. Jim Carrey appears, in a very early role, as a crazy rock star. Harry finds out that he might have met his match in terms of partners. Harry of for once actually hunted by a bad guy giving the film slightly more suspense than previous entries. Finally there is a crazy car chase where Harry and his partner are attempting to evade a remote control car. Meaning, yes, the hard as nails Detective Harry Callahan is flooring it to get away from a toy, but you see the toy has a bomb so it is not that Harry is getting soft all of a sudden.

Also there is the interesting notion here of a film becoming a bit "too real" as people on the Dead Pool actually start to die and the list is found on a film set. It was only a few years after this that Clint Eastwood put down his .44 Magnum and badass persona for good to a more realistic set of films that continue to this day. Clint might have become a bit more real, but he was still great when he was being slightly ridiculous. --- 8/10

BsCDb Classification: 13+ --- violence


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