The Dead Pool 1988

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The fifth film in the 'Dity Harry' series. Notorious hard man Harry Callahan is unhappy when he becomes the target of macabre interest when his name appears on an anonymous hit list - not that he minds being singled out by killers, just that he doesn't like appearing on a list which also features rock stars and TV celebrities.

Starring:
Clint Eastwood,Patricia Clarkson
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Buddy Van Horn
Starring Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson
Supporting actors Evan Kim, Liam Neeson, Jim Carrey
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Knight on 13 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I put off buying this disc for several months because of the comment that the DD True HD soundtrack is in some way faulty, but eventually I ran out of discs I wanted to buy in Amazon's 3 for 2 offer and added Dead Pool to my collection.

DD True HD is both present and not at all bad. The disc inconveniently starts without presenting its menu and defaults to plain old Dolby Digital, but it allows nine alternative soundtracks to be selected even from the opening film company logo so the inconvenience is minor.

It's not the most exciting of the series nor is it the most amazing Blu-ray image you have ever seen, but it is no worse than many other films from the 80s and at the 3 for 2 price I am not disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2013
Format: DVD
Dirty Harry 5 and Callahan has to contend with being both on the hit list of a mobster and that of some wacko who has a list of celebrities to vanish from the planet.

It's not great, but it is fun enough for Eastwood fans in a undemanding mood. The Dirty Harry series didn't need another film, and in fact it had arguably run its course at the release of Sudden Impact five years earlier, but even an ageing Eastwood remained watchable when he was dolling out the machismo. Such is the case here.

The writing is a bit trite (is that an attempt at a link between violence and the media?) and boorish in its adherence to Harry Callahan's exhausted formula (ooh look it's another worried side-kick). Peril is very scarce; though a toy car sequence is wonderfully bonkers and played for great effect, and pre-fame Liam Neeson and Patricia Clarkson stick out like a sore thumbs for not entirely the right reasons.

However, in spite of the caricature that Harry has become, he's still a bad MOFO. If it's just him running effortlessly along the promenade, throwing a glorious punch to the jaw of a loser, or wielding a Harpoon Gun like it was part of his body, Harry Callahan in Eastwood's hands is entertainment. It's the reason why we watch it in the first place and the reason why they made a fifth film in a series that started so brilliantly in the early 1970s. 6/10
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Format: DVD
Strangely enough Clint Eastwood manages to give some new life to his mascot detective, aka Dirty Harry. This time he mixes a horror film maker and some kind of game for sophisticated supporters: kill as many celebrities you can on the list provided by the director. Of course no one meant really killing them but one can always be schizophrenic enough to take it down to the last dot on the i’s and cross on the t’s and then the “dead pool” becomes the hearse of quite a few murders. But that has to be done in style and with a lot of elegance in the method. That schizophrenic serial killer is quite creative, well rather creative, well a good plagiarist.

But something else is needed to animate this crime scene. And this time he uses the framing, convicting and sentencing of a mafia lord to put some spice on the roast and the roast is Dirty Harry who is chased by the hit men of that mafia lord, though the latter is an easy target in a prison and Dirty Harry has some inmates that are always ready to do some dirty chores for him if necessary for some cigarettes and a few favors.

The last innovation is a female TV journalist who wants to get some true experience of Harry’s life. That sure is easy to provide and within just a few days she gets more than will do for a life time. A lift down from the top of the Needle riddled with hundreds of automatic weapon bullets for one. Being lady-napped by the schizophrenic serial killer for two. Finding herself involved in some wild chases after some criminals, or some savage escapes from some other murderers then and her week was full of adventure, as full as a fool is full of tom-foolery. She is of course blonde and has long hair.
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I feel really guilty to have to say this and I hope I will be forgiven. The Dead Pool is not one of Clint Eastwoods best films. Being realistic here, with a career spanning over 55 years with a massive body of work we have to accept that not everything is going to be brilliant. I am a dedicated and loyal Eastwood fan and can only say three of his films are ever so slighty off track. Those films are Joe Kidd, The Dead Pool and Pink Caddilac. However having said that they are all still very enjoyable.

The problem with The Dead Pool is that it does not really feel like a Dirty Harry film and the character of Harry Callahan seems to be different than the other four films. There is something missing in this film and I think I know why having recently watched all the Dirty Harry movies again. The baddie in this is rubbish. He is just a weak serial killer with no convincing motive to justify why he is doing people in. There is one very amusing murder when he kills a film critic which is a dig at that bitch Pauline Keal who had field day and hated Eastwoods films. I urge you you read one of Clints biographies and see what an absolute tit she was.

There some good action sequences in The Dead Pool with the shoot out in China Town and the truly amazing car chase involving Harry and his partner being chased through the streets of San Fransisco by a remote control car rigged to explode. Very original and very well put together. We also have Jim Carrey as one of the victims, a drug addict rock star who does a great version of Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N Roses. He performs it way over the top and it's all the better for it. Liam Neeson plays a horror film director who is suspected of committing the murders because of his involvement in the dead pool game.
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