The Dead Pool

  • 18
  • Buddy Van Horn (1988)
  • US
  • 87 min
The Dead Pool
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

In this fifth outing for "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the San Francisco detective looks decidedly rough around the edges. Clint Eastwood goes through his iconic paces and directs the film in all but name; the actual credit, however, goes to Buddy Van Horn, Clint's stuntman. It's a flaccid, silly and extremely sadistic thriller in which minor celebrities are being very nastily murdered. A pre-Schindler's List Liam Neeson co-stars as a British horror film director who may be involved in the killings, though Harry, who has become a target, thinks something else is going on. The result is a B-thriller with little style and even less substance.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Patricia Clarkson. San Francisco cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan investigates a macabre gambling game known as the "dead pool" that involves predicting local celebrities' deaths.

Cast and crew


Inspector Harry Callahan
Clint Eastwood
Samantha Walker
Patricia Clarkson
Al Quan
Evan Kim
Peter Swan
Liam Neeson
Harlan Rook
David Hunt
Captain Donnelly
Michael Currie
Lieutenant Ackerman
Michael Goodwin
Patrick Snow
Darwin Gillett
Lou Janero
Anthony Charnota
Johnny Squares
Jim Carrey


Buddy Van Horn

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18