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Patriot Games, Dennis Cooley (Alex Norton)

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Writeup Rating: 67%
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Film: Patriot Games (1992)
Deceased Character: Dennis Cooley (Alex Norton)
Archetype: Baddy (Minor)
Killed by: Sean Miller (Sean Bean)
Killed with: Kalashnikov

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 11th Mar 2007

Kindly submitted by Kooshmeister

Dennis Cooley is an Irish bookstore owner who is sympathetic to the ultra-violent faction of the IRA led by Kevin O'Donnell. He uses his bookstore to filter information for Kevin and his second-in-command, Sean Miller. Midway through the film, Dennis realises that his store is being watched by Sergeant Owens and his men, as part of the joint-CIA and English operation to hunt down O'Donnell and Miller for the attempt on Jack Ryan and his family.

Dennis promptly hightails it out of England before Owens can stop him, and with the help of Lord Holmes' assistant (and fellow IRA sympathizer) Jeffrey Watkins manages to make it to the IRA's training camp in North Africa. This proves to be a big mistake however. Furious that "those bastards took away my bookstore!" Dennis pleads with Kevin to let him come with him and Sean to America to help kill Ryan and Holmes. But because he cannot handle a gun, Kevin is reluctant to let him tag along. Filled with righteous indignation, Dennis retorts that he can use a gun.

Kevin throws him an assault rifle to prove it, and, true to Kevin's predictions, Cooley proves utterly incapable of even getting a shot off. Sean snatches the rifle away from him, and Kevin simply says, "Sorry, Dennis," and walks away, and as he leaves he gives Miller a knowing look, which indicates that Cooley is excess baggage. Sean understands this look, and he raises the rifle and opens fire, blowing Cooley away.

An utterly pointless death, considering the CIA raids the camp later on; Dennis could have easily died then, but instead the writers just had to have one more brutal killing (although to be fair, we never actually see the bullets hit Dennis).

3 categories : Pointless, Betrayal, Shot

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Comment 1 by 'Josh Watson' (reply to this comment)
This is a blatant Offscreen killing. Why hasn't this category been added already?!