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Deal of the Century (1983)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  4 November 1983 (USA)
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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 '... See full summary »

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Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
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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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Trivia

The name of the arms trade fair was "Arms For Peace '84". The show's slogan was "Faith in the Future". See more »

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Catherine DeVoto is shown wearing the same clothes (black skirt, white top, leather boots) on consecutive days of the Arms Show. See more »

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Ray Kasternak: For I do not do the good that I want. But the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want it is no longer I that do it but sin which dwells within me.
Eddie Muntz: That's beautiful, Ray.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1984) See more »

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Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Music by Louiguy and French lyrics by Jacques Larue and English lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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More on target than you'd expect
21 May 2004 | by (los angeles, ca.) – See all my reviews

It seems like everyone's opinion on this movie is evenly divided. People either love it or hate it. Personally, I am not a Chevy Chase fan by any stretch of the imagination. But I like many of William Friedkin's films so I wanted to give this a chance and went in without too many preconceptions.

It obviously can't stand up to a comparison to DR. STRANGELOVE as a few here have done. However, it still remains a fairly on-target, unflattering satire of the weapons industry and by extrapolation, other mass production industries that love to sell the government and public crap product cosmetically hyped as the next great answer to all their fears and desires, product that ends up being useless or obsolete within a year (if it even works properly in the first place). There are some pretty funny scenes sprinkled throughout and I was pleasantly surprised through the whole film how much dark, subversively funny jabs Friedkin gets away with. Especially in a big studio movie.

There's one scene in particular that makes the film well worth seeing --Gregory Hines (I believe it was him) gets into a verbal altercation with another extremely hotheaded driver (a maniacal Tony Plana) (over a fender bender? it's been a while since I've seen it) -- the verbal sparring quickly escalates into a life-threatening situation and the emotional dynamics the two actors bring to the scene is scarily believable while remaining extremely funny. This scene alone provides a microcosmic metaphor for the provocations of nations going to war and perfectly illustrates the pointless absurdity of aggressive behaviour in general. Also of note, it's great to see the underrated Vince Edwards in a large supporting role as the ruthless air weapons manufacturer.

DEAL OF THE CENTURY is never less than amusing and has some extremely funny sequences -- much better than many of these IMDb reviews would lead you to believe.


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