The Dead Pool

Overview

The Dead Pool is the fifth and thus far the last of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry movies. A sports pool is placing bets on which famous person will die next. Suddenly a serial killer who preys upon celebrities enters the scene, radically and perhaps deliberately changing the odds in the pool. As a celebrity of sorts, maverick cop Dirty Harry Callahan becomes a target of the killer, as does high-profile TV journalist Patricia Clarkson. Surprises are at a minimum in The Dead Pool; the film gets down to business ...
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Overview

The Dead Pool is the fifth and thus far the last of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry movies. A sports pool is placing bets on which famous person will die next. Suddenly a serial killer who preys upon celebrities enters the scene, radically and perhaps deliberately changing the odds in the pool. As a celebrity of sorts, maverick cop Dirty Harry Callahan becomes a target of the killer, as does high-profile TV journalist Patricia Clarkson. Surprises are at a minimum in The Dead Pool; the film gets down to business quickly, moves logically if violently towards its climax with a spectacular car-chase sequence thrown in for good measure, and delivers exactly what its fans expect. One major difference between this film and the earlier Dirty Harry epics is that the murders are committed in so outrageous a fashion that the picture seems at times to be a Freddie Krueger vehicle.
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Special Features

Commentary by David Valdes and Jack N. Green - The Producer and Cinematographer recall the challenges of returning to Harry's San Francisco environs for this final Callahan caper; ; New Featurette The Craft of Dirty Harry - Profiling the Cinematographers, editors, musicians, production designers and other talents throughout the 5-movie series; ; Dirty Harry Movies trailer gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The fifth and probably final entry in Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry series is an efficient and occasionally witty retrofitting of the familiar formula. The title refers to a betting pool being held in San Francisco in which participants try to guess which one of a group of eight celebrities will be the first to die. When one of them is murdered, Harry begins his investigation while being hounded by obnoxious television reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson), with whom he eventually becomes involved. Although it's basically business as usual for Harry, who, at this point seems more dyspeptic than dirty, Eastwood gets in a few ideas between shootouts. Without a trace of irony, he tells Walker how disgusted he is with the way the news media exploits violence to spike ratings. Of course, this new Gandhian Harry then gets right back to blowing people away. Also in a comic vein is the parody of the famed Bullitt (1968) car chase, as Harry is forced to dodge an explosives-laden, tiny model car rampaging through the streets of San Francisco. In a film without much interest in anyone who might be emoting, Liam Neeson has a fine turn as a horror film director.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • UPC: 012569818408
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 551

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Harry Callahan
Patricia Clarkson Samantha Walker
Evan Kim Al Quan
Liam Neeson Peter Swan
David Hunt Harlan Rook
Michael Currie Capt. Donnelly
Michael Goodwin Lt. Ackerman
Darwin Gillett Patrick Snow
Anthony Charnota Lou Janero
Christopher Beale
Phyllis Huffman
John Allen Vick Lt. Ruskowski
Patrick Van Horn Freeway Reporter #2
Jim Carrey Johnny Squares
Nicholas Love Jeff Howser
Maureen McVerry Vicky Owens
John X. Heart Samantha's Cameraman
Ronnie Claire Edwards Molly Fisher
Kristopher Logan Gunman #1
Glenn Wright Detective Hindmark
Stu Klitsher Minister
Karen Kahn T.V. Associate Producer
Shawn Elliott Chester Docksteder
Ed Hodson Paramedic at Elevator
Patrick Valentino Pirate Captain
Melissa Martin Pirate Tug Reporter #2
Louis Giambalvo Gus Wheeler
Peter Anthony Jacobs Sgt. Holloway
Lloyd Nelson Sgt. Waldman
Charles Martinet Police Station Reporter #1
Taylor Gilbert Police Station Reporter #2
George Orrison Embarcadero Bodyguard #1
Marc Alaimo Embarcadero Bodyguard #2
Justin Whalin Jason
Martin Ganapoler Reporter at Pier
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Craig Hosking Helicopter Pilot
Technical Credits
Buddy Van Horn Director
Edward C. Carfagno Production Designer
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Diamond Farnsworth Stunts
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Dennis Hackin Screenwriter
Phyllis Huffman Casting
L. Dean Jones Jr. Asst. Director
Durk Pearson Original Story, Screenwriter
Debby Porter Stunts
Douglas Ryan Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Steve Sharon Original Story, Screenwriter
Sandy Shaw Original Story
Ronald Spang Editor
David Valdes Producer, Production Designer
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Pool
1. Night Credits; New Name [4:43]
2. Ambush [2:17]
3. Under Fire; New Partner [2:59]
4. Movie Macabre [3:33]
5. Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous [2:42]
6. Questioning Swan [3:33]
7. Fan Letteres [1:50]
8. Chinatown explodes [3:22]
9. Sam proposes [1:51]
10. Harry refuses [2:23]
11. Working out; Dead Pool [2:20]
12. Better know the rules, love [2:29]
13. Dinner with Sam [4:43]
14. Elevator encounter [1:54]
15. I don't want to be the news [1:11]
16. Chat with the mailman [3:39]
17. Accursed? [1:45]
18. Murderous criticism [:04]
19. Quan's review [1:52]
20. Blazing moment of fame [2:32]
21. Death on tiny wheels [5:55]
22. In a bad mood [2:51]
23. His bodyguards [1:33]
24. The chase [4:42]
25. Killer identified [6:36]
26. Sam takes the bait [1:30]
27. Playing the game [2:48]
28. Harry on the scene [1:52]
29. Magnum menace [1:31]
30. Rook gets the hook [3:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dead Pool
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   Special Features
      Commentary by Jack N. Green and David Valdes
      The Craft of Dirty Harry
      Dirty Harry Trailer Gallery
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         Dirty Harry (1971)
         Magnum Force (1973)
         The Enforcer (1976)
         Sudden Impact (1983)
         The Dead Pool (1988)
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