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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Time, Harry, It's Time April 1 2004
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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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 crime. It turns out that the rock star was on a betting list of sorts, whomever has guessed the most celebrities to die during production wins the 'dead pool'. Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan, thanks to his recent arrest and conviction of a high profile mafioso, is on the director's list and he is not amused, especially when a psychotic has decided to tilt the pool in his beloved/hated director's favor.
The Dead Pool seems to be the last Dirty Harry adventure, which is a good thing. It lets this series go out with an entertaining sleeper hit of a movie. It has its tongue lodged firmly in cheek and, on several occasions, it comes close to making fun of itself. Still the suspense and action level is quite high and the pathology of the psycho killer is refreshing in its realism. Being the shortest of the Dirty Harry movies, it does not over stay its welcome. Highly recommended.
Trivia - This is the only Dirty Harry film that was not shot in widescreen. The three film clips that are credited to director Peter Swan are From Beyond the Grave (not Time After Time as the DVD trivia states), The Pack (not Cujo as the DVD trivia states) and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive. Believe me, I have them on video and know my horror movies. This is also the only movie in the series in which Harry has actually arrested a suspect and but him behind bars.
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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 Scorpio in Dirty Harry.
As well as trying to find this serial killer, Harry is in trouble for putting a mob kingpin in jail and the mobboss sends his soldiers out constantly to kill him-if you can believe that. But Harry visits the mob boss in prison and tells Lou Genero, the kingpin, that if anything happens to him, one of the other prisoners who killed a bunch of men with his teeth, will pay a visit to Genero and it won't be a friendly one.So the assassination attempts cease and Harry beats up two guys following him, thinking that it was another hit. He soon discovers that they were now his bodyguards and Harry has just beat them up.
In the meantime Harry is investigating the serial killings, suspecting a movie director of the murders. Harry also tells him he doesn't like being on his betting pool called the Dead Pool, a betting system where people bet people in high risk jobs or situations will die soon. The movie director is exonerated and it is later learned that someone who wrote to the director many times is the killer.This killer kidnaps Harry's girlfriend, a reporter and Harry goes after them. But this time he doesn't kill him with his Magnum.At the end when the authorities arrive one cop asks Harry where the killer is, Harry says, "He's hanging out back there."
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You're s*** out of luck!" July 15 2002
By Sean L.
That phrase replaces "Make my day" and "This is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world..." as the new one-liner in this solid final chapter to the classic Dirty Harry series.
When one sees a sequel to a movie as great as DIRTY HARRY (1971), you can't expect it to be as good as the original. But you can expect it to further evolve Clint's classic character and provide good action and deadpan humor. THE DEAD POOL delivers on both counts.
In this movie (which SCREAM 3 seemed to borrow heavily from) a murderer obsessed with the films of Peter Swan (played convincingly by Liam Neeson of DARKMAN fame), a horror movie veteran, takes his identity and begins to commit murders similar to those in the movies. Like in THE ENFORCER, the third part in the series, Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan is teamed up with a minority for a partner to "make the department's image look better. However, the partner chemistry here is far less forced than in ENFORCER and is very entertaining.
THE DEAD POOL is a movie that will make your... well, you know the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome dvd
I love this dvd it has lots of action great story line and lots of great actors in it. get when you can.
Published 4 months ago by Greg Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you recognize the last name on the list below? Well, do you punk?

"Nolan Kennard
George Cameron
Thomas Stern
Johnny Squares
Molly Fisher
Tony Engedal
Michael Cipriano
Harry Callahan"... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Pletko
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
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.
Published 7 months ago by D. Paine
3.0 out of 5 stars decent movie!
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
Published 19 months ago by Jason Heidman
4.0 out of 5 stars fifth and final dirty harry looks at journalism..and things
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
2.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry 5.the final chapter
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. Read more
Published on June 9 2010 by falcon
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. 28 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 21 2002
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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