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Raw Deal (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  6 June 1986 (USA)
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A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Patrovita
Paulo Rocca
Harry Shannon
Marvin Baxter
Mordecai Lawner ...
Martin Lamanski
Amy Kaminsky
Louise Robey ...
Lamanski's Girl (as Robey)
Dangerous Man
George P. Wilbur ...
Killer #1 (as George Wilbur)
Killer #2


Mark Kaminski is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminski in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovina is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminski must go undercover and join Patrovina's gang. Written by Dave Gan <longbow@bigfoot.com>

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The system gave him a raw deal. Nobody gives him a raw deal. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Triple Identity  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)


$16,209,459 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview to promote the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger said this was the first film where he got to wear an elaborate and modern wardrobe. He said that before this, his wardrobe budget for a film was about "10 dollars". See more »


When Mark Kaminsky goes to the Industrial Site to stage his death, the driver's side window is closed and once he uses the bolt cutters to open the gate to drive through, the window is now open. Once he has parked the car next to the fuel line the window is again closed. See more »


Luigi Patrovita: [Knocking on the door here at Patrovita's private home office] Come in.
[the door has opened to welcome someone as a guess]
Paulo Rocca: Joey Brenner, Luigi Patrovita.
Mark Kaminsky: My pleasure.
[Luigi is very impressive]
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Referenced in Speaking Parts (1989) See more »


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One of Arnold's best. A must for every Schwarznegger fan.
2 October 2003 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Arnold takes on the entire Chicago syndicate run by mob chief Luigi Petrovita, Sam Wanamaker, with predictable results.

Arnold, Mark Kaminski, is canned from the FBI because he was too rough with the bad guys and told by his boss Baxter, Joe Regalbuto, to "resign or be prosecuted". Now working in a dead end job as a lawman in some hick town in North Carolina a friend of his from the FBI Harry Shannon, Darren McGavin, gets in touch with Arnold for help in the death of his son who was killed in a mob attack on a FBI safe house.

Harry tells Anold that there's a mole in the FBI's higher ups that's tipping off the mob on what the FBI has as informers and witnesses and where there being kept from the mob to live long enough to testify against it and is responsible for his son's death. Arnold goes undercover as a hood and joins the mob to find out who's working with them from the FBI and bring him to justice in this action-packed Arnold Schwarznegger vehicle; and just guess who the FBI mole is?

A must for Schwarznegger fans with Arnold, for the first time in his movie career, speaking whole sentences and showing some sensitivity in scenes with his love interests in the movie his wife Amy, Balnche Baker, to whom Arnold utters the movie best line " You shouldn't drink and bake at the same time". There's also Arnolds sexy mob girlfriend Monique, Kathryn Harrold, whom he avoids having any action with and has no idea that Arnold is an undercover lawman as well as a loyal and happily married man.

Great action sequences sprinkled all throughout the film with a tremendous and unbelievable shoot-out at the end of the movie to the explosive and thumping music score of "The Kaminski Stomp" which raises the adrenaline level of the theater audience to it's limits.

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