Clint Eastwood is a living legend, and it would be hard to find an actor in the action genre --- or any genre, for that matter --- as revered as he is. However, nobody’s perfect, and Eastwood has failed at the box office more times than most people can count. But he always had the successful Dirty Harry franchise to fall back on if he needed to.
As the 1980s were drawing to a close, Eastwood took on the franchise one more time with The Dead Pool, the fifth installment in the series. The film performed well below expectations, earning only $38 million, which made it the least successful film in the series, with the exception of the first. After this dismal showing, Eastwood hung up his .44 Magnum for good and retired the character.