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4 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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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Chevy Chase ... Eddie Muntz

Sigourney Weaver ... Catherine DeVoto

Gregory Hines ... Ray Kasternak

Vince Edwards ... Frank Stryker
William Marquez ... Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard ... Col. Salgado

Richard Herd ... Lyle
Graham Jarvis ... Babers

Wallace Shawn ... Harold DeVoto
Randi Brooks ... Ms. Della Rosa

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Bob

Richard Libertini ... Masaggi
J.W. Smith ... Will
Carmencristina Moreno ... Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
Charles Levin ... Dr. Rechtin

Pepe Serna ... Vardis
Wilfredo Hernández ... Rojas
John Davey ... Pilot on Screen
Miguel Pinero ... Molino
Maurice Marsac ... Frenchman
Joe Ross ... Russian Translator

Jonathan Terry ... Gaylord
Robert Cornthwaite ... Huddleston
Gwil Richards ... Rev. Borman
Kelly Lange ... Newscaster
Ken Letner ... Sen. Bryce

JoMarie Payton ... Baptist #1 (as Jo Marie Payton-Noble)

Tony Plana ... Chicano Man
Betty Cole ... Baptist #2
John Hancock ... Baptist Minister

Helen Martin ... Baptist #3
Eddie Hice ... Bagman
David Haskell ... Rockwell Official

Ray Manzarek ... Charlie Simbo
David Hall ... Rick Penido
Alex Colon ... Street Robber

John Reilly ... Swain

James Staley ... JWT Assoc

Stephen Keep Mills ... Promoter (as Stephen Keep)
Louis Giambalvo ... Freddie Muntz
Robert Alan Browne ... Man from Grumman
Bradford English ... Man from McDonnell Douglas
Jim Ishida ... Masaggi's Aide #1

Michael Yama ... Masaggi's Aide #2

Judith Baldwin ... Luckup Hostess #1
Jan McGill ... Luckup Hostess #2
Frank Lugo ... Station Wagon Driver

Loyda Ramos ... Chicano Woman
Wendy Solomon ... Freddie's Wife
John Stinson ... Helicopter Reporter
Janet Louise Smith ... Woman in Commercial
Jesus Carmona ... Accordionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Angel ... Announcer (uncredited)

Robert David Hall ... Ray Penido (uncredited)

Patti Negri ... (uncredited)

Tracey Walter ... Luckup Computer Tech (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Brickman  writer
Bernard Edelman  book
Robert Garland  uncredited
Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Jon Avnet .... executive producer
Paul Brickman .... executive producer
David Salven .... associate producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Bud Yorkin .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline 
Film Editing by
Jere Huggins 
Ned Humphreys 
Bud S. Smith 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
Production Design by
Bill Malley 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
David Salven .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence A. Donnelly .... first assistant director
James M. Freitag .... second assistant director
Bruce Logan .... second unit director in charge of optical effects
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Barry Bedig .... property master
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound effects editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising dialogue editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Christopher Flick .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects supervisor
Richard Stutsman .... special effects technician
Diana Allen Williams .... miniature model maker
Visual Effects by
William L. Arance .... airbrush artist
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Michael Kelly .... visual effects editor
Tom Pahk .... model maker
William Reilly .... motion control technician
David B. Sharp .... model maker
Keith Shartle .... production coordinator: DQI
Scott Squires .... motion control supervisor
Robert C. Thomas .... motion control gaffer
Hoyt Yeatman .... motion control supervisor
Eric Guaglione .... motion control miniature effects: optical camera assistant: DQI (uncredited)
David Merritt .... model maker: Coast Special Effects (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer
John Escobar .... stunts
Tony Kahana .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera "a" camera
Kevin Jewison .... second assistant camera
Jud Kehl .... assistant camera
Dan Lerner .... panaglide operator
Wayne Baker .... underwater camera assistant (uncredited)
Animation Department
Kerry Colonna .... animation effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Bud S. Smith .... supervising editor
Music Department
Mark Hoder .... orchestrator
Abby Treloggen .... music editor
Other crew
Allen Blaisdell .... front projection operator
William Bowling .... location manager
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor
William Hogue .... transportation captian
Ann Luly .... misc crew
David Salven Jr. .... location manager
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot
Rick Whitfield .... video coordinator

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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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The character of Masaggi (Richard Libertini) was allegedly based on real-life Saudi Arabian businessman and arms-dealer Adnan Khashoggi.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Eddie Muntz:[demonstrating his products] Now here's a little item I think you might go for in a big way - Dragonteeth mines. Made in the US and used successfully in Vietnam, I might add. These little honeys won't kill ya', but they're guaranteed to take a foot off. Take a couple of samples, take 'em home, see if you like'em, let me know how many you need. Okay?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Exterminator 2 (1984)See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A dark, 1980s comedy, 19 May 2006
Author: chrisp-29 from United States

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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