The Dead Pool

July 13th, 1988


The Dead Pool

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

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 6.1/10 (15,886 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Buddy Van Horn

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson

For Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan, fame and celebrity status is not his lifestyle, especially when it interferes with his job. But right after putting one of San Francisco's crime bosses in prison, Callahan ends up in the status quo as well as being written in a list for a game called, 'The Dead Pool', where his life is now in the line along with other famous celebrities that are mysteriously dying. Callahan is up against the media attention, an enraged hit man, and a new killer, who's attempting to throw off the dead pool game anyway possible. Callahan has to find the connection between the killings and the perpetrator, before the game can be declared over.

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink

Clint Eastwood - Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
Patricia Clarkson - Samantha Walker
Liam Neeson - Peter Swan
Evan C. Kim - Insp. Al Quan
David Hunt - Harlan Rook / Ed Butler
Michael Currie - Capt. Donnelly
Michael Goodwin - Lt. Ackerman
Darwin Gillett - Patrick Snow
Anthony Charnota - Lou Janero
Christopher P. Beale - Dist. Atty. Thomas McSherry
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)

Taglines: Dirty Harry Just Learned A New Game

Release Date: 13 July 1988

Filming Locations: 1954 Mason Street, North Beach, San Francisco, California, USA

Gross: $37,903,295 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The only film in the series to be recorded in Dolby Stereo.

Continuity: The first car bomb with the remote control toy leaves no trace of its victim, yet when the next car bomb detonates under Callahan and his partner's vehicle, they are able to walk away with minor injuries, in lieu of the fact that they pulled forward a few feet before the bomb exploded.

Insp. Al Quan: It's like I was telling you, Harry. Celebrities, they always die in...
Harry Callahan: threes.
Insp. Al Quan: At least the guy went out with...
Harry Callahan: ...a bang. Yeah, I know.

User Review

Dirty Harry still has it

Rating: 7/10

Dirty Harry still has it. This film has all the mayhem, the violence, the wisecracks, the whole formula. Patricia Clarkson's delicate beauty is a good counterpoint to Eastwood's ruggedness. It was interesting to see actors like Neeson and Carrey paying their dues. When I first saw this film, I didn't realize that the "car chase" scene, running from the toy Corvette, was a spoof of Bullitt, but on viewing this time, I found the homage hilarious. No, this film isn't the equal of "Dirty Harry" but it's not bad at all for a fourth sequel.


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