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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 ...
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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

The name "The Deal of the Century" comes from a bribery scandal involving aerospace company Lockheed and Japanese officials in 1972. See more »

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The Chicano Man breaks the same passenger-side window from Ray's Porsche twice. See more »

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Eddie Muntz: It's only my second day in San Miguel, and I'll tell ya', I'm ready to hitchhike to Jonestown for a few laughs and a cool drink. This place is hotter than Dolly Parton's minipad. My job takes me all over the world. Lebanon, Nicaragua... Newark. You name it, I'm in there. Always where the action is.
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Someone To Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Nikka Costa
Courtesy of Renquet Records
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this movie is brilliant
15 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a satirical look at the industry of arms sales. Chevy Chase is an independent broker who sells rifles, grenades, rocket launchers, etc. to any 3rd rate dictatorial government (or its opposing insurgency) like he's selling vacuum cleaners. Somebody is going to get rich arming South American counties at war with each other so why not him? Gregory Hines is his business partner who is becoming a born again Christain and therefore developing a moral crisis over the implications of their work, which is brilliantly exemplified in a scene where he is sent to Long Beach to check out a good deal on flamethrowers and listens to the client describe them as "house warmers" because in North Africa the paramilitary uses them to burn village huts in order to find out who resides in them- a preferable alternative to knocking on doors. This movie is for people who want to learn about the ugly convergence of business and war peppered with a handful of great jokes about the subject. "Haven't you heard of the separation of church and business? This country was founded on it!"

The movie Lord of War with Nicolas Cage is about to be released, and from the trailer it looks like the writer saw Deal of the Century and decided to update it for 2005.


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