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Release Date:
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.
Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator... See more » | 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

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)
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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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: When Eddie is in the trailer talking to Ray on the radio, he's wearing the headset with the microphone on the left side. In the next shot, it's on the right side.See more »
Ray Kasternak: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.
Eddie Muntz:That's beautiful, Ray.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Exterminator 2 (1984)See more »
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
More on target than you'd expect, 21 May 2004
Author: chrisdfilm from los angeles, ca.

It seems like everyone's opinion on this movie is evenly divided. People either love it or hate it. Personally, I am not a Chevy Chase fan by any stretch of the imagination. But I like many of William Friedkin's films so I wanted to give this a chance and went in without too many preconceptions.

It obviously can't stand up to a comparison to DR. STRANGELOVE as a few here have done. However, it still remains a fairly on-target, unflattering satire of the weapons industry and by extrapolation, other mass production industries that love to sell the government and public crap product cosmetically hyped as the next great answer to all their fears and desires, product that ends up being useless or obsolete within a year (if it even works properly in the first place). There are some pretty funny scenes sprinkled throughout and I was pleasantly surprised through the whole film how much dark, subversively funny jabs Friedkin gets away with. Especially in a big studio movie.

There's one scene in particular that makes the film well worth seeing --Gregory Hines (I believe it was him) gets into a verbal altercation with another extremely hotheaded driver (a maniacal Tony Plana) (over a fender bender? it's been a while since I've seen it) -- the verbal sparring quickly escalates into a life-threatening situation and the emotional dynamics the two actors bring to the scene is scarily believable while remaining extremely funny. This scene alone provides a microcosmic metaphor for the provocations of nations going to war and perfectly illustrates the pointless absurdity of aggressive behaviour in general. Also of note, it's great to see the underrated Vince Edwards in a large supporting role as the ruthless air weapons manufacturer.

DEAL OF THE CENTURY is never less than amusing and has some extremely funny sequences -- much better than many of these IMDb reviews would lead you to believe.

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