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Deal of the Century (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 November 1983 (USA)
A small time arms dealer in South America to sell weapons to the revolutionaries, winds up negotiating the sale of an experimental plane to the nation's dictator.

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Eddie Muntz
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Catherine DeVoto
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Ray Kasternak
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Frank Stryker
William Marquez ...
Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard ...
Col. Salgado
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Lyle
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Babers
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Harold DeVoto
Randi Brooks ...
Ms. Della Rosa
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Bob
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Masaggi
J.W. Smith ...
Will
Carmencristina Moreno ...
Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
Charles Levin ...
Dr. Rechtin
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Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how 'gifts' are used to grease the wheels of a sale, a religious conversion from one of the salesman and a romance that begins to grow between two competitors, not to mention the imminient financial collapse of one of the companies if they don't make this sale. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Chevy Chase and his partners are arms dealers. They sell second-rate weapons to third world nations. But they're not out to stick it to anyone.

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Some scenes, involving helicopters and explosives, were shot at Indian Dunes Motorcycle Park in Valencia, California. This was the same location where, the year before, scenes involving a helicopter and explosions were being filmed for John Landis' segment for "Twilight Zone; The Movie". In that instance, tragedy struck when the helicopter, hovering amid explosions, had its tail rotor destroyed by the heat from the explosions, causing the chopper to spin out of control and was sent spinning into a shallow river below, and killing actor Vic Morrow and two small children, who were attempting to cross the river at the time. The helicopters main rotor struck the three, killing them instantly. Morrow and one of the children were decapitated, while the second child was crushed to death. See more »

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When Eddie is in the trailer talking to Ray on the radio, he's wearing the headset with the microphone on the left side. In the next shot, it's on the right side. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rechtin: Well, because of the demo today, we washed it down last night. The water must've fogged the electronics.
Frank Stryker: Well, first it's the air conditioning; now it's the water. I mean: are you guys pulling my tit or what?
Bob: Washing it was sheer stupidity!
Luckup Computer Tech: Should do great tomorrow.
Frank Stryker: TOMORROW?
Luckup Computer Tech: After it dries.
Frank Stryker: There is no tomorrow, you assholes! Haven't ya ever heard of RAIN?
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Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Written by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
Performed by The Chipmunks
Courtesy of RCA Records and Bagdasarian Productions
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If you work in certain areas in the defense business, you will be sure that some one who worked in the business did the script. Some of the most outrageous incidents in the film are the most true to life. It may be that you have to have some professional insight to appreciate it fully. It's like a Dilbert cartoon.


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