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The Dead Pool (Deluxe Edition) [Import]

Clint Eastwood , Liam Neeson , Buddy Van Horn    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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After the drudgery of Sudden Impact, the fourth and worst sequel to Dirty Harry, no one could have expected the fifth to have any signs of life. But The Dead Pool is 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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome dvd May 18 2014
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I love this dvd it has lots of action great story line and lots of great actors in it. get when you can.
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By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Nolan Kennard
George Cameron
Thomas Stern
Johnny Squares
Molly Fisher
Tony Engedal
Michael Cipriano
Harry Callahan"

The above list of names is a DEAD POOL--a macabre betting pool where the bet is who will die. And the last name on this list is SFPD Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood).

This list is the motivation behind this final film in the "Dirty Harry" franchise. Harry has to find the serial killer who made up this list, not only to save others on it, but to save--himself!!

Harry's new partner (his old partners have a habit of getting killed) is a karate wiz. I personally enjoyed the performance of the actor who portrayed Harry's partner (Evan Kim).

And yes, there is a famous car-chase scene in this movie. But instead of being between two cars, it's between a remote-controlled bomb (disguised as a remote-controlled toy car) and a conventional car driven by our hero.

I thought this chase scene was ingenious. This scene has many similarities with the famous chase in the Steve McQueen film "Bullitt" (1968) which also took place in San Francisco.

For some reason, this movie is underappreciated. The acting is good with top-notch performances from not only Clint Eastwood but from Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson, and Jim Carrey (his first non-comedy film).

Perhaps it's because of Eastwood's age (he was 58) that this movie is not appreciated. However, he appeared to me to be quite fit. Then, perhaps, people were just getting tired of this character. There are probably many opinions as to why this film is so underappreciated. (As Dirty Harry says in this movie, "Opinions are like a-holes. Everybody has one").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie Feb. 10 2014
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It's Dirty Harry so of course it is a good movie. I wish Clint Eastwood had made lots more Dirty Harry or type movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent movie! Jan. 28 2013
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wasn't great but clint is clint he never dissapoints if he does it is very very very rare.. liam neeson as well good as always
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We're told this is the fifth and last dirty harry on the commentary. It's an exciting commentary although they do say clint may come back for one more...i dont comment much on his acting since its an act which resonates so well with the public,who totally sympathize with with his characterization this former mayor of Carmel...in the previous film he sais he finds things in the city a bit tacky. This film of journalism...which is the heart of democracy,and what keeps cities from falling into degeneracy...journalisn and its troubles has been the source of such films as johnny come lately,deadline u.s.a. and Network..and many more...but this story still holds its own and the dialogue is still fresh. As usual there is much thrown in,murders,with knives and atrocities throughout,and harry kills about 14 people some in the back,there is a chinese partner,whom we are told at beginning of the danger and is maimed later on in film...harry puts away a mobster another theme,he's a person who wants to do his job,and puts his life on the line to serve the public and that's where journalism comes in which in the community is a public service,and the community would die without out,like all public services in the city. Anyways Harry doesnt like the press and refuses to deal with them but meets them anyways,he finds the press always going for the Scoop,a famous novel by the way,ratings,with the very attractive person he meets...but as the film goes on he warms up to them...perhaps he wants to draw them out. We also have some martial arts,during the time of bruce and jason lee and kung fu craze,but briefly,but violence is everywhere. Thee is a funny film in a film,where a film critic is assaulted and knife...well not funny. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry 5.the final chapter June 9 2010
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Format:DVD
though not the best of the Dirty Harry films,this fifth and final entry in the series is not without its merits.the acting is good.the movie is well paced.the overall feel of the film is one of sleaze and grime,which is probably what they were going for.Patricia Clarkson classes things up substantially and is a great romantic interest for Harry.i wouldn't be broken be too broken up though if i didn't see this entry for at least another five years.the most i can say is it's average at best.it doesn't stand up to the other entries in the series,except maybe number 3,The Enforcer.for me,The Dead Pool,AKA Dirty Harry 5 is a 2/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Time, Harry, It's Time April 1 2004
By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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 to accuse the news media of glorifying, hence encouraging (albeit unintentionally) serial killings by focusing so much attention on them.
Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson) is a case in point. Given the power of her personality on television and the thrust of her ambitions for a career in journalism, she is an obvious "target" for Callahan's criticisms of the news media. (Of course, she and he become involved romantically.) There are humorous elements and moments such as Liam Neeson playing a horror film director and the remote control toy car which pursues Callahan for several blocks, obviously a parody of car chases in Bullitt and other films. Lalo Schiflin's musical score is quite effective. Other than Neeson, however, most of the cast members seem listless under Buddy Van Horn's direction. (Yes, that's Jim Carrey in the role of Johnny Squares, one of the victims.) The fact that much of this film seems tired or recycled suggests to me that it's time for the Callahan series to be retire. It has been commercially successful while enabling Eastwood to refine his acting and (in Sudden Impact, 1983) directing skills. People are still buying or renting one or more of the five films, all of which also appear on television, so it looks like Callahan will be with us for many years to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One betting pool you don't want to be a part of...
The death by overdose of a rock star Johnny Squares on the set of a low budget horror movie seems routine, that is until a member of the production crew is killed in an unrelated... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Pool is the weakest of the series but still good
This is the weakest of all the series but it is a little like the original. There is a male serial killer in this one as in the original but he is not half as interesting as... Read more
Published on March 16 2003 by Adam Paul Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, but nothing else . . .
This was the fourth, and final, sequel to the "Dirty Harry" series and it can be understandable why Clint Eastwood finally decided to put the old boy to rest. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by F. George
4.0 out of 5 stars Do You Have Any Kids? Lucky For Them
All the Dirty Harry movies in my opinion were cult classics. This one was good, but didn't grab me quite as much as the rest. There still were a few good one-liners in it.
Published on July 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars "You're s*** out of luck!"
That phrase replaces "Make my day" and "This is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world... Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Sean L.
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE CLINT !
If I could, I would've given "the Dead Pool" SIX stars - one for each bullet in Harry's .44 Magnum!
Clint Eastwood is as cool as ever - the perfect, laconic anti-hero. Read more
Published on July 14 2002 by cousinpaco
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