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The Dead Pool (1988)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Buddy Van Horn

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  • Dec 31, 2010
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Fun and lighter final outing for Dirty Harry and his adventures in San Fransisco with Harry being put on a list of celebrities marked for death. A little repetitive in places but enjoyable in others.
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December 31, 2010
yeah, that is pretty much how I feel. Sandra Locke was here too, right?
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review by . December 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Dead Pool was the 5th and final of Dirty Harry's big screen adventures and after the tepidness of Sudden Impact, Harry's swan song could have ended worse.      Harry Calahan is making news after he just put away a major mob figure but wants nothing of the fame he has suddenly gotten or the mob hitmen who continue to harass him.  Meanwhile a schlock film maker  has gotten himself involved with a "dead pool" a list of celebrities who they think are …
review by . September 10, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Callahan is the same as always     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line: “It's your dying day  We all float down here in the dead pool  You'll float too my dear in the dead pool” ~ Phantom       Good old Inspector Harry Callahan has always been a favorite of mine and they couldn't have picked a better person to take on the role than Clint Eastwood. This is the final segment in the long running movie …
review by . April 01, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
This is the last of five "Dirty Harry" films in which Eastwood stars as a San Francisco police detective. By the time of its initial release (in 1988), Eastwood had aged and times had changed but Callahan's non-negotiaable values and unorthodox methods had remained essentially the same. In this film, he investigates a pool which attracts bets on which of eight celebrities will be killed. (Several are.) Although this basic premise is implausible, Callahan takes full advantage of every opportunity …
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After the drudgery ofSudden Impact, the fourth and worst sequel toDirty Harry, no one could have expected the fifth to have any signs of life. ButThe Dead Poolis fairly inspired, even playful--check out a "chase" scene between Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan character and a remote-controlled toy car wielding a bomb--and it ended the long-running series on an unexpectedly positive note. This time, Callahan investigates a series of murders that appears to be on a "death list," while becoming romantically involved with a television reporter (Patricia Clarkson). Jim Carrey has a small but memorable part as a doped-up rock star, and Liam Neeson is on board, too. Directed by Eastwood surrogate Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can).--Tom Keogh
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Director: Buddy Van Horn
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 1988
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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