The Dead Pool (1988)

Genres - Action, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Police Detective Film  |   Release Date - Jul 13, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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The Dead Pool is the fifth and (thus far) the last of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry movies. A sports pool is placing bets on which famous person will die next. Suddenly a serial killer who preys upon celebrities enters the scene, radically (and perhaps deliberately) changing the odds in the pool. As a celebrity of sorts, maverick cop Dirty Harry Callahan becomes a target of the killer, as does high-profile TV journalist Patricia Clarkson. Surprises are at a minimum in The Dead Pool; the film gets down to business quickly, moves logically if violently towards its climax (with a spectacular car-chase sequence thrown in for good measure), and delivers exactly what its fans expect. One major difference between this film and the earlier Dirty Harry epics is that the murders are committed in so outrageous a fashion that the picture seems at times to be a Freddie Krueger vehicle.

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law-enforcement, bad-guy, car-chase, con/scam, detective, good-guy, harpoon, investigator, killing, police, robbery, serial-killer