Deal of the Century (1983)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  4 November 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Muntz
Catherine DeVoto
Ray Kasternak
Frank Stryker
William Marquez ...
Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard ...
Col. Salgado
Harold DeVoto
Randi Brooks ...
Ms. Della Rosa
J.W. Smith ...
Carmencristina Moreno ...
Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
Charles Levin ...
Dr. Rechtin


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 <>

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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.


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Bombengeschäft  »

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Did You Know?


The name of the American defense company was Luckup Industries. It's slogan was "Preserving Our Way Of Life". See more »


San Miguel is stated (by Masaggi) as a neighboring country of Costa Rica. While Eddie Muntz is being robbed on Christmas Eve, both he and the Robber Man show breath (indicating cold weather). The average low temp for Costa Rica is 68 degrees, far to warm to show breath condensation. See more »


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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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
Sung by Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Clydene Jackson
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Office Space for the defense industry!
6 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a must see for any Chevy Chase fan or anyone who has ever worked at a large defense subcontractor! Office Space for the defense industry. I've worked at big companies (both defense and commercial) and this movie portrays them quite accurately. Even though the inherent humor in the plot line is based on the defense industry, it is very accessible to those who know little about it. Chevy is at his finest as the movie plays his character's extreme comical greed (i.e. will sell any weapon to anyone for any reason) against Gregory Hines' burgeoning conscience about their chosen profession. I was initially shocked by the low average rating of this movie. After reading some of the other reviews about this movie I begin to understand. Because Chevy plays an humorously amoral individual rather than his usually lovably goofy, one I think many viewers were shocked. I didn't think that the humor in this film was subtle; but apparently for many, it was. This movie also makes a very strong moral point about the military industrial complex that should be taught (whether with this movie or not) to all people before they are allowed to vote.

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