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Dead Pool, The (1988)

Original Title : The Dead Pool
Director : Clint Eastwood
Writer : Harry Julian Fink
Rita M. Fink
Steve Sharon
Durk Pearson
Sandy Shaw
Steve Sharon
Genre : Action
Thriller/Crime/Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : David Valdes
Music : Lalo Schifrin
Photography : Jack N. Green
Distributor : Warner Bros.
IMDB ID : 0094963
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Dead Pool, The (1988) - Clint Eastwood
 

Starring

Clint Eastwood Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
Patricia Clarkson Samantha 'Sam' 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
Patrick Van Horn Freeway Reporter
Sigrid Wurschmidt Freeway Reporter
Jim Carrey Johnny Squares (as James Carrey
Deborah A. Bryan Girl in Rock Video
Nicholas Love Jeff Howser, Effects Supervisor
Maureen McVerry Vicky Owens, Swan's Assistant
John X. Heart Bob, 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
Scott Vance Gunman
Glenn Wright Det. Hindmark (as Glenn T. Wright
Stu Klitsner Minister
Karen Kahn TV 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
Melissa Martin Pirate Tug Reporter
Phil Dacey Det. Dacey
Louis Giambalvo Gus Wheeler
Peter Anthony Jacobs Sgt. Holloway
Bill Wattenburg Nolan Kennard
Hugh McCann Young Man on Talk Show
Suzanne Sterling Young Woman on Talk Show
Lloyd Nelson Sgt. Waldman
Charles Martinet Police Station Reporter
Taylor Gilbert Police Station Reporter
George Orrison Embarcadero Bodyguard
Marc Alaimo Embarcadero Bodyguard
Justin Whalin Jason
Kris LeFan Carl
Katie Bruce Girl on Sidewalk
Harry Demopoulos M.D. Doctor in Hospital Room
John Frederick Jones Dr. Friedman
Martin Ganapoler Reporter at Pier
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Craig Hosking Helicopter Pilot
Steven Adler Musician at Funeral (uncredited
Duff McKagan Musician at Funeral (uncredited
W. Axl Rose Musician at Funeral (uncredited
Slash Musician at Funeral (uncredited
Izzy Stradlin Musician at Funeral (uncredited
 

Plot

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. After his court testimony puts a key mafia figure into San Quentin, Inspector Dirty Harry Callahan finds unwanted fame. Now it seems that every hired killer in town is after him. To make it worse, Homicide wants him to go public: Play nice with the press and work with new partner Al Quan. British horror film director Peter Swan, who is in town to film a video for drug-addicted rock star Johnny Squares, plays a game with his crew known as "The Dead Pool", where they each choose a set of 10 celebrities who they think will die before the game ends. The winner of the game is the one with most number of dead celebrities on their list. And the problems start when the people on Peter's list start to die under mysterious circumstances. Following the death of Johnny Squares, DirtyHarry learns of The Dead Pool. And Dirty Harry discovers that his own name is on the list. All fingers seem to point to Peter, mainly since the celebrities that are dying are the same as those on his list. Dirty Harry also has to contend with TV reporter Samantha Walker, who'd just love to do a big story on him, and her name is also on the list. DirtyHarry races to unmask the killer before Dirty Harry himself winds up on the losing end of this game. Film director Peter Swan plays a game with his crew know as "The Dead Pool", wherein they each choose a set of 10 celebrities who they think will die before the game ends. The winner is the one with most number of dead celebrities. The problems start when the people on Swan's list start to die in mysterious circumstances. Harry is assigned to the case and discovers he is one of the names on Swan's list! A rock singer, Johnny Squares, who is also a drug addict is found dead of an overdose but there are signs that it was not accidental, so Harry is assigned to investigate. Initially Harry locks horns with Peter Swan, the man who directs the singer's videos. He also crosses paths with a television reporter, Samantha Walker and after being threatened with a law suit, the two of them form a rapport. Harry then discovers that Swan and several other people are playing a game called the dead pool, wherein they make a list of individuals, who are either in bad health or high risk professions, and turns out that Squares was on Swan's list and so are some other people who were murdered, and Harry's also on the list. And someone is following him. After Harry's arrest of a gambling kingpin results in a conviction for murder, a group of thugs shoot up Harry's car and try to kill him. Harry overpowers them and is paired with a new partner, Insp. Al Quan (Evan Kim). Within days of this assignment Harry and Al find themselves working on a mysterious death of a rock star, who was on location filming a movie directed by Peter Swan (Liam Neeson). After one of Swan's crew is killed in a Chinatown robbery that is foiled by Al & Harry, Al discovers a list of celebrities on the dead man that includes the dead rock star and one Inspector Harry Callahan. They soon discover that this is part of a strange game called the Dead Pool, and it isn't long before other people on the list turn up dead...and someone starts making attempts on Harry's life...
 

Comments

That 80's Harry Part 2, 19 May 2002 Author: stamper from The Netherlands Opinions are like a..holes, everyone has one and here is my opinion on the last Dirty Harry. This film unlike other Dirty Harry films is not too long. It is just long enough. There is the usual shooting, the usual one - liners and so on. The story is OK and so is the action. But this film does not come further than being a bit above average, just because there are not enough thrills and not enough excitement is generated. There is a lot of comedy though and the most hilarious scene by far is the Jim Carrey ‘Welcome to the Jungle Dance'. If you are a rock fan (like me) look out for Slash, Izzy, Axl, Duff and Steven Adler from Guns N Roses. 6 out of 10