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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.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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

Jo Marie 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)

Tom Willett ... Air Force Colonel (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
Jaymes Hinkle .... scenic/signwriter
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound effects editor
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising dialogue editor
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Christopher Flick .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joan Rowe .... 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
Jor Van Kline .... special effects (uncredited)
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
Scott C. Wilson .... vfx intern
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
Location Management
William Bowling .... location manager
David Salven Jr. .... location manager
Music Department
Mark Hoder .... orchestrator
Abby Treloggen .... music editor
Other crew
Allen Blaisdell .... front projection operator
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor
William Hogue .... transportation captian
Ann Luly .... misc crew
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot
Rick Whitfield .... video coordinator

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99 min
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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 »
Continuity: As the Peacemaker is rolled into position for the maiden public flight, a technician reaches for wheel chocks as the trailer stops. The next scene shows the wheel chocks already in place, and the technician walking past the trailer.See more »
General Huddleston:[watching the Peacemaker malfunction] This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator.
Sen. Bryce:Why is that, General?
General Huddleston:Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters.
Navy Officers:Son of a bitch!
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
brave satire, 27 November 2004
Author: macduff50 from Vancouver, Canada

I loved this movie when it came out, and I still think it's one of Friedkin's most under- rated efforts. Where it lost a lot of the audience was in its requirement that they actually think about what was being presented to them. The jokes are not the usual Chevvy Chase, fall on his ass kind of thing, but for the most part have an actual point behind them. Where the film failed, I think, is culturally; audiences at the multiplex tend not to like to have to think about the entertainments they consume, so the movie got lukewarm reviews, and poor audiences. Look at the scene for example, where Gregory Hines' character is accosted by a mugger, and the way in which the scene escalates, for a perfect mini-allegory of the cold war, and the simplicity of its essential "strategies."

In truth, the movie falls between two stools, in terms of the audience it was aiming at. It's too much a Hollywood production to play on the art-house circuit; but its ethos is too "political" to play well in the major exhibition houses, ie, suburban multiplexes. It might be the case too, that because its satirical target is the military, some thought it as somehow "anti-American" and stayed away for that reason. But it's a fine film, well-structured and well scripted (in my opinion), having as its core the moral redemption of an immoral man. It also features – a rarity for American commercial movies – a black man in a major, well-thought out role who's not just a comedy sidekick for the hero. Give this one a chance, and it will reward multiple viewings.

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