->''Dirty Harry just learned a new game.''

Released in 1988, ''The Dead Pool'' is the last film (preceded by ''Film/SuddenImpact'') in the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' pentalogy.

Det. Harry Callahan is tasked to solve a string murders related to a game based on a list of celebrities that are predicted to die next: The Dead Pool. The case makes him a small celebrity too, and he becomes a target as well. To make matters worse, Harry is also hounded by the mob.

Unrelated to ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}''.

!!This film has the examples of:

* BadassBoast:
-->'''Harry:''' Fuck with me, buddy, I'll kick your ass so hard you'll have to unbutton your collar to shit.
* BatmanColdOpen: The film opens with mob hitmen out to kill Harry.
* {{BFG}}: Harry's Magnum, obviously. Dialed UpToEleven after the BigBad takes Harry's gun from him; [[spoiler:Harry grabs a harpoon gun to finish him off.]]
* BigBad: Harlan Rook, The Dead Pool Killer.
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler: After killing Rook by impaling him with a harpoon gun, Harry says to Capt. Donnelly, "He's hanging out back there."]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted at the end of the film when the BigBad takes Harry's revolver. Harry knows how many rounds are left and when the villain has fired off the last round, Harry says, [[CountingBullets "You're out of bullets]]. [[PreMortemOneLiner And you know what that means. You're shit out of luck"]] before [[spoiler:[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling]] him through a wall with a harpoon gun]].
* CallBack: Early in the movie Harry walks past a series of memorial plaques to police officers of San Francisco killed in the line of duty. They are the same plaques featured in the opening of ''Film/DirtyHarry''.
* TheCameo: Music/GunsNRoses make uncredited cameo appearances at the funeral of Johnny Squares. They also appear during filming of a "nightmare scene" at the docks, where Music/{{Slash}} fires a harpoon gun through a window and is berated by Swan.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The [[{{BFG}} enormous]] HarpoonGun from the film shoot]].
* ContinuityNod: One of the collected headlines in Samantha's notebook about Harry reads "[[Film/DirtyHarry Scorpio Killer Captured]]".
* DontExplainTheJoke The female reporter notes how Harry is having his 15 minutes. Then has to explain to Harry how Andy Warhol said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, a well-known comment Harry is clearly old enough to have heard before.
* DoubleStandard: A female journalist blackmails Harry into going to dinner with her. Imagine what would happen if a male journalist did that to a female cop.
* ExorcistHead: Appears in the film that Peter Swan is directing. When the effect causing it malfunctions, Johnny Squares, fed up, accuses Swan for ripping off ''Film/TheExorcist''.
-->'''Swan:''' This is not a rip-off. It's a {{homage}}, you stupid...
* GenreSavvy: Aware of the fate of Harry's previous partners, Quan wears a BulletproofVest. He survives with only a few broken ribs after the remote-car bomb goes off. The only other partner of Harry's to survive was Chico from the first movie, also thanks to his vest.
* GoodLuckCharm: Quan's tattoos, which his grandfather insisted he get after hearing he was Harry's partner. Harry tells him a bulletproof vest would be more practical. Fortunately Quan's grandfather also told him, "When your partner gives you advice, take it."
* LoonyFan: Harlan Rook is an obsessed fan of Peter Swan. Out of touch from reality, he accuses Swan of stealing ideas from him and tries frame him with the Dead Pool murders.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Harlan Rook, whose surname is bird which is a part of the same family as crows and ravens.
* PreemptiveDeclaration:
** The film has this during the Chinatown restaurant robbery scene:
--->'''Harry Callahan:''' You forgot your fortune cookie.
--->'''Lead Robber:''' ''[turns]'' WHAT?
--->''[Harry gives a smug grin, and pulls out a fortune]''
--->'''Harry Callahan:''' It says, "You're shit out of luck." ''[shoots the lead robber]''
** Callahan gets two mafia mooks to back off by asking a woman to call for an ambulance, describing the mooks and listing their potential injuries.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: The egotistical horror film director Peter Swan.
* RealityEnsues: In a rare instance for the series, the corpses of men that Harry shoots to get out of a sticky situation are actually shown being removed after the incident.
* RedHerring:
** For most of the film it looks like egotistical horror director Peter Swan is the Dead Pool killer, but at the end the real killer turns out to be Harlan Rook, a crazed fan of Swan's.
** Before the tennis player is murdered via car bomb, a man recently fired by Swan is seen at a hardware store wearing a ''Hotel Satan'' jacket and buying stuff that could be used to make a bomb.
* RuleOfThree: While investigating the death of a drug-abusing rocker, Harry's partner Al Quan states his personal belief that celebrities always die in threes.
* SelfImmolation: Harry, with the help of Samantha, defuses a situation where a guy demands cameras to film him setting himself on fire.
* ShoutOut
** The chase scene with the explosive [=RC=] car, is a shout out to The Chase Scene in ''Film/{{Bullitt}}''.
** The "calling for an ambulance in advance" stunt is from ''The New Centurions''.
* TakeThatCritics: Molly Fisher, the film critic who becomes the second murder victim is based on Pauline Kael, in response to her accusing the first film of promoting fascism.