The Dead Pool

The Dead Pool (1988)

The Dead Pool
6.1/10 by 100 users

Dirty Harry Callahan returns for his final film adventure. Together with his partner Al Quan, he must investigate the systematic murder of actors and musicians. By the time Harry learns that the murders are a part of a sick game to predict the deaths of celebrities before they happen, it may be too late...

Release Date:July 12, 1988
MPAA Rating:R
Genres:Action, Crime, Thriller
Production Company:Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros.
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Buddy Van Horn
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Plot Keywords:prison, detective, gun, fight, chinatown, hitman, media, police, stalker, sequel, murder, mafia, reporter, gangster, explosion, violence, neo-noir
  • Undone by a weak ending
    December 31, 2010
    Warning: Contains spoilers
    The "Dirty Harry" series ends with a whimper thanks to a weak ending. Why conceal the identity of the killer when he turns out to be a subsidiary character who is built into the story in the last half hour?
    Patricia Clarkson makes for a bland leading lady (despite a knockout figure) and has little chemistry with Eastwood. So, placing her in jeopardy creates no suspense. Also, having Harry surrender his legendary sidearm doesn't fit well with previous installments, since he has a clear head shot with the killer. Finally, having Harry find the harpoon gun shown in a previous scene is just a little too incredible.
    Buddy Van Horn, as a director, is no Eastwood, but he does a pretty good job. Most of the stunts are quite good and the cinematography is excellent. Lalo Schifrin's score is bouncy, but forgettable.
    Too bad, as a little script reworking would have made for a very good "Dirty Harry" effort. As it is, however, "The Dead Pool" is the weakest of the "Dirty Harry" series.