YMMV / The Dead Pool

  • Franchise Original Sin: All of The Dead Pool's problems can be seen in Sudden Impact. Harry, arguably a heroic fascist, worked best in the Seventies when attitudes towards crime and criminals were more liberal. The eighties were far more conservative and a cop like Harry is the rule, rather than the exception.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: No, Deadpool of Marvel Comics fame was not named after this movie. The concept of a "dead pool" predates them both.
    • It is impossible to watch Jim Carrey perform as Johnny Squares in his Hotel Satan music video shoot without laughing (even though it's not meant to be funny in the movie) Here, try it and see.
    • Guns N' Roses' song "Welcome to the Jungle", which appeared in this film with Johnny Squares lip-syncing it in his Hotel Satan music video shoot, would later be recently known for appearing in promos for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which featured Tim Matheson, who played one of the villainous vigilante cops, Phil Sweet, in Magnum Force), the sequel to Jumanji (which featured Patricia Clarkson, who plays the journalist Samantha in this film, as Alan Parrish's mother).
    • Fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops will probably laugh at the real life RC-XD trying to blow up Harry's car.
  • Narm: The celebrity killer attempts to blow up Harry Callahan's car with a modified RC car infused with C4. However, the attempt fails when some kid playing with his own RC car interferes with the bomb-car's radio frequency. Instead of waiting for another opportunity, the killer starts a downright hilarious and awesome Bullitt style RC car chase across San Francisco.
    • It gets especially funny when it dawns on you that Harry's driving a massive 8-cylinder sedan and yet somehow has trouble outrunning a radio-controlled toy. That must have been a hell of a modification.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Signature Scene: The infamous RC car chase.