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The Dead Pool

Released 1988
Distributor Warner Bros.

About The Dead Pool

The fifth and final film in Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series is memorable for early career appearances by Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey. Directed by Buddy Van Horn whose remarkably long and action-packed career as a stunt man (beginning in 1951 with the Byron Haskin western WARPATH) was sidetracked by three directorial jobs for Eastwood, including DEAD POOL, PINK CADILLAC and ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN. Versatile cinematographer Jack Green went on to provide the uniquely noirish western look for Eastwood’s oscar-winning UNFORGIVEN.

About Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer is best known for creating the classic satirical eighties sitcom Sledge Hammer! and the recent controversial "ultra violent" comedy Bullet in the Face for IFC. For years he's been regarded as one of Hollywood's top script doctors and has never lost a patient.

2 Responses to The Dead Pool

  1. kirdoodle says:

    Yikes! Patricia Clarkson! Her name is Patricia Clarkson, Alan!

  2. Stephen Cooke says:

    I used to wonder if Buddy Van Horn actually directed his films (Pink Cadillac also comes to mind), or if Clint just paid Buddy to take the fall for them.

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