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1h 31min
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Synopsis:
Clint Eastwood straps on his holster again for the fifth and final screen case for Callahan, who finds himself on a "death list" of celebrity murder victims. He and his new partner also get ensared in the nuttiest City by the Bay vehicular chase since Bullitt, outracing a bomb-carrying, radio-controlled toy car. Catch future stars Jim Carrey as an ill-fated heavy-metal musician and Liam Neeson as a power-tripping director.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Valdes
Writers:
Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2002
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by David Valdes and Jack N. Green: The Producer and Cinematographer recall the challenges of returning to Harry's San Francisco environs for this final Callahan caper
  • New Featurette 'The Craft of Dirty Harry': Profiling the Cinematographers, Editors, Musicians, Production Designers and other talents throughout the 5-movie series
  • 'Dirty Harry' Movies Trailer Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Brazilian, Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by producer David Valdes and cinematographer Jack N. Green
  • New Featurette 'The Craft of Dirty Harry'
  • Trailer Gallery

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Reviews (1) of The Dead Pool

Dirty Harry should have retired before this one :( - The Dead Pool review by RP

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01/06/2014

The fifth and last of the 'Dirty Harry' cop films, made 17 years after the original and with Clint Eastwood at a respectable 58 years old - and frankly, he should have retired as a cop before then. The film includes the by-then hackneyed features: Clint plays the hard-nosed cop, says the customary one-liners, shows his customary disrespect for authority, and single-handedly foils a dastardly plot, shooting many baddies in the process.

The elderly actor, the worn-out formula - all that would be fine but for one critical thing: the story is far-fetched rubbish. There is a betting competition going to see which of a list of celebrity / newsworthy characters dies. Clint's (well, Harry Callahan's) name is on the list (of course), so he's also under threat. Err, that's it.

Far-fetched, not very interesting, with well-worn jokes and scenarios, including the usual rookie cop - here he's a Chinese-American with martial arts skills - is there anything good about it at all? Well, if not good, there's an early appearance by one Jim Carrey who plays an actor playing a heavy metal singer, miming to a Guns 'n' Roses' song. Oh yes, Liam Neeson gets a role as a director of horror films - and it is (of course) a caricature of a Brit-in-Hollywood director, despite the fact that he's Irish.

Clint is one of my favourite actors and directors, but this is really below par stuff. Watch it only if you're an Eastwood completist. 2/5 stars.

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