The Dead Pool 1988

The Dead Pool

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While it offers its fair share of violent thrills and tough wit, The Dead Pool ends the Dirty Harry series on an uninspired note.

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In the fifth installment of the Dirty Harry series, gritty cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is fresh off the conviction of a major mob boss. When horror film director Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) develops a "dead pool" betting on celebrity deaths, he is shocked when a serial killer begins targeting those named, including TV reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson) and Callahan himself. Action and violence abound as Callahan tracks the killer in an attempt to stop the murders.

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Clint Eastwood
Insp. "Dirty" Harry Callahan
Patricia Clarkson
Samantha Walker
Evan C. Kim
Insp. Al Quan
Liam Neeson
Peter Swan
David Hunt
Harlan Rook
Michael Currie
Capt. Donnelly
Michael Goodwin
Lt. Ackerman
Darwin Gillett
Patrick Snow
Jim Carrey
Johnny Squares
Steve Sharon
Writer (Story)
Durk Pearson
Writer (Story)
Steve Sharon
Screenwriter
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer
Ron Spang
Editor
Lalo Schifrin
Original Music
Edward C. Carfagno
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  • Jul 11, 2012
    The fifth and final film in the Dirty Harry Series, sees Harry up against a schandal who may be targeting himself. Its the weakest entry in the franchise but enough to satify its fan's hunger. Its got really good drama with the characters, good action, mediocre plot, but a pretty average direction. some future movie stars like Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey were featured in this film, very early and memerable roles. The other Con is that the film is pretty short and not as explosive as the others, but Its pretty engaging and exciting at times. Its a shame to see the franchise end this way, then again it was doomed to at some point. Its a pretty watchable action film especially for the franchise. However Eastwood definatly had his Oscar moments into the Nineties and Noughties.
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    Even with all the bad reviews I read for this Dirty Harry film, I think it was pretty good.I was more into it then the original.I loved the car chase with the 2 cars & the R/C car.It wasn't as good as the chase with the 2 buses on that 1 movie 99 And 44/100% Dead.I don't think any movie chase will ever be that good but the chase on The Dead Pool ranks right up there.The Dead Pool is Dirty Harry's last film in the series & I think Dirty Harry went out with a bang
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2011
    This is the fifth, and probably/hopefully/more than likely final entry in the long running Dirty Harry series. And it is a pretty decent swan song. After years of bringing a certain style of justice to the mean streets of San Francisco, "Dirty" Harry Callahan has finally become a sort of local legend of sorts. His level of fame however comes with a consequence, as he finds himself on a celebrity dead pool list, wherein people place bets on when celebrities in certain high risk professions will die. Matters are only made worse when the people on the list of schlocky horror director Peter Swan actually start to die, with Swan being the primary suspect, and Harry being damn near the next victim. I miss the days of heavy subtext that was really well done in the films of this series, but even though this film tries to make some sort of comment on the role of media and that sort of thing, I found myself really content to just sit back and watch Harry do what he does best, even if the film does have some rather silly moments at times, namely the Bullitt spoofing car chase involving an explosive RC car. The film might be kinda silly ,but it is a lot of fun, and definitely a solid attempt to put the series into the context of the state of cop movies at the time. As a nice bonus, besides Eastwood delivering as usual, we get early appearances from Liam Neeson as Swan, Patricia Clarkson as a determined reporter, James "Jim" Carrey as an ill-fated rock star, and cameos from various members of Guns 'N Roses. The performances are fine, the action is okay, and the film movies at a decent pace. It's not really a wonderful movie, but it's a decent end to the series, and does an alright job of picking the series up from the unfortunate low spot left by the previous film, which I found to be just really boring, albeit well intended. Definitely see this if you're a completist, or just in the mood for a standard Eastwood cop drama and also want some levity as well.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2011
    Unless you happen to be a fan of the franchise, there's little less reason to sit through this one. Even if you are one, you may end up feeling really let down by the grand finale of the series. After 17 years, Harry is finally getting his 15 minutes of fame, having gained a celebrity status for putting a publicly despised crime-lord behind the bars. With everyone around admiring him, Harry does'nt get too many opportunities to be his usual exploding anti-bureaucratic self. Movie is stuffed with cardboard characters and some stupid pop culture elements that just does'nt go along with the legacy of the series. Movie really hits rock bottom with a desperate attempt to frame a new Dirty Harry expression, which goes - "You're sh** out of luck". Obviously it's no match for a "Well..do you, Punk?" or "Go Ahead, Make My Day".
    Sajin P Super Reviewer

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