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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 <>

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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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Arnold Schwarzenegger only agreed to star in this picture after much haggling in exchange of dissolving the multi-picture agreement with Dino De Laurentiis. He had one picture left with the producer and was actually much interested in doing Total Recall (1990), but De Laurentiis objected, feeling that he was not suitable for the lead role of Quaid. Instead, Patrick Swayze was already cast before the bankruptcy. See more »


The glass door of the clothes shop shatters before the guy actually hits it. See more »


Mark Kaminsky: He molested, murdered and mutilated her.
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Written by Astor Piazzolla, Natalie Delon, Barry Reynolds, Dennis Wilkey
Performed by Grace Jones
Courtesy of Island Records
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Raw Deal - One of his best
17 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie gives you everything you want to see in a true action movie from the Hero at his weakest to his strongest. Typically, action movies aren't awarded Oscars because the character development is poor. Most of the characters die before you really get to know them in some of the films we see. In this film, Arnold accomplishes character development as well as action in the same movie. Although, some of the characters are stereotypical gangsters, his interaction with them helps solidify their presence in the movie. The movie does rank in the same category as Commando but if you love watching his movies, then this one should be a real treat!

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