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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.
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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 14 months ago by Jason Heidman


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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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Jason Heidman "Jason" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dead Pool (Deluxe Edition) [Import] (DVD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars fifth and final dirty harry looks at journalism..and things, Aug. 26 2012
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Anthony Marinelli "marilread" (toronto on canada) - See all my reviews
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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. All these elements are thrown in and one final scene,and there are fires burning throughout the film,where an alleged criminal burns himself,but the press around dirty harry wont film him,showing his effect on the press..the commentators say much of the current system we live in is 'confined and constrained' by the court system...or something in the system. There are posters a few times showing 'evil are happy' they find funny the suffering of innocent people like the laughing lunatic,in other words lack appropriate affect...or have it in reverse. This is apparent at the end where commentators comment on sequels..like harry potter..what has so demonized people...all kinds of people since harry goes it alone..there is an interlude where the journalist wants to profile harry..well journalists profile police before they profile criminals...she's already done that..but profiling nowadays is even more prevalent...and makes court cases that much more difficult to prosecute...the commentators who work with clint comment on the super efficiency of their star..and his work habits...these movies have aged well..and are relevant given the problems of our times!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry 5.the final chapter, June 9 2010
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
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dead Pool (Widescreen) (DVD)
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.
Among the many reasons I admire Clint Eastwood so much is the fact that, as he as become older, he has allowed that to be indicated on screen; better yet, he has played roles appropriate to his age and addressed aging issues in many of them. Most other actors (and yes, actresses) star in many films over a period of many years during which the aging process takes its toll on them. However, given the skills of make-up specialists and what new cosmetic technologies make possible, these actors (and actresses) continue to portray characters many years younger than they. Often, older male actors are cast opposite a romantic lead young enough to be their daughter. That is seldom true of older female actors. By the way, I still think Erica Barry should have selected Julian Mercer rather than Harry Sanborn in Something's Gotta Give.
Apparently Eastwood agrees with Harry Callahan: "A man's got to know his limitations." Consider the evolution of the Eastwood persona from Tightrope (1984) through Unforgiven (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and Absolute Power (1997) to True Crime (1999) and Space Cowboys (2000). Hopefully other roles appropriate to Eastwood's age await his talents as an actor. As Mystic River (2003) clearly demonstrates, his talents as a director are undiminished by the 31 years since Play Misty for Me. On the contrary, they are greater now than ever before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One betting pool you don't want to be a part of..., Feb. 16 2004
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Chadwick H. Saxelid "Bookworm" (Concord, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dead Pool (Widescreen) (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Pool is the weakest of the series but still good, March 16 2003
This review is from: The Dead Pool (Widescreen) (DVD)
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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2.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, but nothing else . . ., Aug. 29 2002
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F. George "fg76" (Richmond, Va United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dead Pool (Widescreen) (DVD)
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. While it is not a bad movie, the movie itself wasn't anything groundbreaking. "Dirty Harry" was a groundbreaking movie, and the first three sequels had a good plot, subplot, or comedy. This movie only had the comedy, as the subplots are very 1 dimensional. A very fun, but could have easily been the same movie without "Harry Callahan" and his classic one-liners. Eastwood could have played any type of character in this movie, or not even had it starring him at all. If you have never seen a "Dirty Harry" film, then please get the original film or even "Magnum Force" to really understand the character. This movie adds to the "amazing adventurers", but it may not explain why Dirty Harry was so great. A great movie, but needed a whole lot more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do You Have Any Kids? Lucky For Them, July 22 2002
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This review is from: The Dead Pool (Widescreen) (DVD)
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You're s*** out of luck!", July 15 2002
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Sean L. (Twin Peaks, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Dead Pool (Widescreen) (DVD)
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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