The Dead Pool

Released 1988


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Buddy Van Horn
The Dead Pool is another entry in the popular Dirty Harry film series which brings back due-process-be-damned-detective Harry Callahan for another violent go-round. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), after being instrumental in putting away a particularly notorious crime boss, has become something of a media star, and the department, naturally, wants to capitalize on some good press. But Harry, naturally, wants no part of it; the last thing he cares about is an image or a profile. In any event, there's real work to be done-- during a murder investigation on a movie set, he's uncovered evidence of a potentially deadly game that's being played in certain circles. Each of the players has their own list of high profile celebrities from all walks of life, and the winner of the game is the one whose celebrities expire first, from natural causes-- or otherwise. It's a so-called Dead Pool, and even more disconcerting to Harry is the fact that his name is on the list.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film is smart, quick, and made with real wit. It's never just a crude action movie, bludgeoning us with violence. It's self-aware, it knows who Dirty Harry is and how we react ...

  • 70


    The Dead Pool isn't the best and brightest of the Dirty Harry films, either, but just as invincible. It's possible that Clint Eastwood and crew are just enjoying a bit of self-mock...

  • 30

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    The Dead Pool, possesses a couple of good jokes, but nothing can disguise the fact that it's a mini-movie in the company of a mythic figure.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Peter Swan

Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson

Samantha Walker

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Johnny Squares

Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin

Lt. Ackerman

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Detectives, Crime