The Dead Pool (1988)

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THE DEAD POOL —-Clint Eastwood’s ‘Harry Callahan Quintet’ followed the grading curve: Dirty Harry broke rules for an A, Magnum Force bullseyed a B, The Enforcer roughly booked a C+ and Sudden Impact took paid leave at D+.  So, this dud round (“which could blow your head cleen offf “), popped out of the aging .44 in 1988, lands with a silencer’s chug at the F-stop.  Okay, Commissioner, maybe it’s not that bad, but sixteen years after the first classic, with the game but graying hero now 58, it’s pension time.

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Dullsville, despite Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, Evan C. Kim and a young Jim Carrey (billed as ‘James’) playing someone named ‘Johnny Squares’.  Directed by Buddy Van Horn, beating 91 minutes at a cost of $31,000,000. It didn’t sell well, making back only $38,000,000, the least profitable of the five Callahan brood.  Hang up the holster, Harry.

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