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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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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
Graham Jarvis ...
Babers
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Harold DeVoto
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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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Comedy | Crime

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Das Bombengeschäft  »

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Trivia

The quote from the bible said by Ray Kasternak (Gregory Hines) came from Romans 7.19 - 7.20. It said: "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". See more »

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Ray begins studying the specs of the Peacemaker on an inclined table (drafting table) facing a wall. In two consecutive scenes, the camera shots are from the side (since a wall is directly in front of Ray). In several following cuts, Ray is seen sitting at a kitchen table, allowing the camera to shoot Ray from the front. It is possible Ray moved all of the study materials from one table to the other, but it seems clear this was done to facilitate the frontal shot. 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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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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A dark, 1980s comedy
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Deal of the Century is for those with an appreciation of the absurd. A dry, dark comedy, and an ironic portrayal of 1980s American (Reaganite) values. The film is a humorous, critical portrait of the hypocrisy behind Ronald Reagan's deadly cold war shenanigans. Its a political comedy -- very well directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). It is also well performed and photographed. Chevy Chase is perfectly cast as a cynical arms dealer. And the late, great, Gregory Hines, as his partner, disenchanted with the arms business and suddenly filled with pathos, desperately and hilariously turns from heavy-weapons to Jesus. It is not a perfectly plotted or written film, but it strives to intelligently portray its era.


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