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Raw Deal -- Dismissed some time ago from the FBI, Mark Kaminsky is contacted by his old boss, Shannon, whose son has been murdered. Determined to find the assassin, Shannon needs Kaminsky's help and offers to re-instate him if he is successful. Kaminsky assumes a new identity and moves to Chicago where he ingratiates himself with the underworld. To be successful, it is vital he is accepted by the gangsters.


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Release Date:
6 June 1986 (USA) See more »
The government gave him a raw deal. Nobody gives him a raw deal. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Mark Kaminsky / Joseph P. Brenner

Kathryn Harrold ... Monique

Sam Wanamaker ... Luigi Patrovita

Paul Shenar ... Paulo Rocca

Robert Davi ... Max Keller

Ed Lauter ... Baker

Darren McGavin ... Harry Shannon

Joe Regalbuto ... Marvin Baxter
Mordecai Lawner ... Marcellino

Steven Hill ... Martin Lamanski

Blanche Baker ... Amy Kaminsky
Louise Robey ... Lamanski's Girl (as Robey)

Victor Argo ... Dangerous Man
George P. Wilbur ... Killer #1 (as George Wilbur)

Denver Mattson ... Killer #2
John Malloy ... Trager

Lorenzo Clemons ... Washington 2nd Sergeant
Dick Durock ... Dingo

Frank Ferrara ... Spike

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Jesus (as Thomas Rosales)
Jack Hallett ... Carson

Leon Rippy ... Man in Tux
Jay Butler ... Rice

Norman Max Maxwell ... Fake State Trooper (as Norman Maxwell)
Tony DiBenedetto ... Rudy (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Tom Hull ... Metzger
Mary Cannon ... Saleswoman (as Mary Canon)

Gary Houston ... Patrovita Thug
Greg Noonan ... Patrovita Thug (as Gregory Noonan)
Steve Holt ... Blair Shannon
Cedric Guthrie ... Agent with Shannon
Gary Olsen ... Lamanski's Driver
Brooks Gardner ... Elevator Operator
Pat Miller ... Kinks Cashier
Jery Hewitt ... Stickman
James Eric ... Byron
Ralph Foody ... Captain
Howard Elfman ... Bomb Squad officer
John Hateley ... Trooper (Double) (as John Hately)

Joel Kramer ... Brenner (Double)

Jeff Ramsey ... Bodyguard #1
Bill McIntosh ... Bodyguard #2
Ted Grossman ... Bodyguard #3
Kent Hays ... Drunken Player
Greg Walker ... Rudy (Double)
Clifford Happy ... Tony's Bodyguard (as Cliff Happy)

Michael Adams ... Patrovita's Bodyguard (as Mike Adams)
Dean Smith ... Patrovita's Double
Alex Ross ... Stationwagon Driver

Socorro Santiago ... Nurse at Center
Richard McGough ... Baker's Partner
Sharon Rice ... Jogger
R. Pickett Bugg ... Lookout Gangster
John Clark ... Newscaster
Scott Blount ... Performer
Phil Adams ... FBI Agent
Chuck Hart ... FBI Agent

Larry Holt ... FBI Agent
Ken Sprunt ... FBI Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Kent ... Thug shot dead onto garbage cans at rock quarry (uncredited)
Robert J. Maxwell ... Gambler (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
Brian Parry ... Teacher protecting students from car chase (uncredited)

Dimitrius Pulido ... Body Guard (uncredited)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Patrovita's Bearded Bodyguard (uncredited)
Kim Weeks ... Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
John Irvin 
Writing credits
Luciano Vincenzoni (story) and
Sergio Donati (story)

Gary DeVore (screenplay) and
Norman Wexler (screenplay)

Produced by
Martha De Laurentiis .... producer (as Martha Schumacher)
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Chris Boardman 
Tom Bähler  (as Tom Bahler)
Albhy Galuten 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
Giorgio Postiglione 
Art Direction by
Maher Ahmad 
Set Decoration by
Hilton Rosemarin 
Costume Design by
Clifford Capone 
Makeup Department
Dean Gates .... special makeup effects supervisor
Barbara Page .... makeup supervisor
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist
Jamie Sue Weiss .... hair stylist: Chicago
Jamie Sue Weiss .... makeup artist: Chicago
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Laura Fattori .... unit manager
Michael W. Stroud .... production supervisor
Lucio Trentini .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Bruce Moriarty .... second assistant director
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Tom Cranham .... visual consultant
Keith Darwin .... scenic
Jerry Hall .... assistant art director
Todd B. Lawson .... propmaker
Tim Pope .... on set dresser
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Rod Schumacher .... assistant art director
Timothy W. Tiedje .... assistant property master
Mark S. Turner .... stand-by painter
David Brace .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brian Kontz .... plasterer (uncredited)
Harley Whitehurst .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recordist
Tom Bellfort .... sound editor
John Benson .... sound editor
Jim Bridges .... sound transfer
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound effects recordist
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recordist
Carl Lewis .... adr supervisor (as Cari Lewis)
Martin Maryska .... sound editor
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... assistant sound editor (as Giberto Costa Nunes)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
David Pearson .... boom operator
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Craig Smith .... foley editor
Dale Strumpell .... sound re-recordist
Paul C. Warschilka .... assistant sound editor (as Paul Warschilka)
Marian Wilde .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tony Borella .... special effects team
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects team
Joe Digaetano .... special effects team
Joe Lombardi .... special effects supervisor
Steve Lombardi .... special effects team
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects team (as Joe Mercurio)
Larry Reid .... special effects team
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt double
James Fierro .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Ralph Garrett .... stunts
Robin Grathwol .... stunts
Bill Hart .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunt double: Trooper
Loren Janes .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Peter Kent .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Peter Kent .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunts
David Perna .... stunts
Randy Popplewell .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Dean Smith .... stunt double: Sam Wanamaker
Peter Stader .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Sven-Ole Thorsen .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunt double: Tony DiBenedetto
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Rich Wilkie .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... key grip (as Ken Atherfold)
Colin Corby .... camera operator
Joe D'Alessandro .... grip
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Roy Larner .... gaffer
Roger McDonald .... focus puller
John Robert Miller .... key grip: Chicago (as John Miller)
Daniele Nannuzzi .... director of photography: second unit
Anthony Stephens .... grip
David W. Strong .... lighting technician
William Stuebe .... gaffer: Chicago
Chyna Thomson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Chyna Thomson .... second assistant camera
Kika Ungaro .... assistant camera (as Chicca Ungaro)
Steve Venetis .... electrician
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer (as Jurgen Vollmer)
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... additional casting
Mark Fincannon .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jayme Bednarczyk .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Christopher Cibelli .... first assistant editor
David Mann .... assistant editor
Vanessa Procopio .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Bähler .... executive music producer (as Tom Bahler)
Herman Edel .... music coordinator
Jerry Hey .... composer: additional music
Randy Kerber .... composer: additional music
Steve Lukather .... composer: additional music
Joel Rosenbaum .... composer: additional music
Allen Sides .... music scoring engineer
Tom Villano .... supervising music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... production driver
Lee Siler .... transportation
Other crew
Yvonne Axeworthy .... script supervisor (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Edward Bowen .... assistant location manager
John B. Griffin .... location manager
Angela Heald .... production coordinator
Don Herion .... technical advisor (as Sgt. Don Herion)
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Robin Matthews .... assistant: Mr. Irvin
Heather McIntosh .... production accountant
Valerie E. Norman .... script supervisor: second unit
Noel Tomlinson .... production assistant
Durk Tyndall .... millman

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106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | New Zealand:R | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Norway:16 (cut theatrical version) | Norway:18 (video rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

A sign at the entrance of the oil refinery that Mark Kaminsky (Arnold Schwarzenegger) blows up at the beginning of the film reads "Irvin Oil Processing Company." The film was directed by John Irvin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the car chase scene, it shows arrows on the road that are pointing in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic.See more »
Mark Kaminsky:You gave me a Raw Deal.See more »
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
2nd rate Schwarzenegger, but fans will still enjoy it, 19 November 2005
Author: lemon_magic from Wavy Wheat, Nebraska

Don't be angry with me for only awarding "Raw Deal" 5 stars out of 10. It's a 'strong, almost a 6' 5, not a 'weak, barely above a 4' 5. If that makes any sense.

I think that part of the problem is that I saw this after I saw "Terminator" and "Commando", and it was a bit of a let-down. (And I might have been suffering from a bit of "Schwarzenegger-overexposure".) Arnold is a bit wasted here. It's as if someone mistakenly cast him in a role meant for someone like Chuck Norris. Let's face it, this is a smaller scale movie with a seemingly smaller budget; Dolph Lundgren or Rutger Hauer or Micheal Biehn or even that guy from "Eddie And The Cruisers" could have filled in for the S-man in this movie and you would hardly have noticed the difference, except for a few one-liners. Not to mention the director for "Raw Deal" seemed to be nowhere near Cameron's or Lester's class. Same thing goes for the cast (with all respect to Darren McGavin and Robert Davi). Kathryn Harrold is not a substitute for Linda Hamilton. She's OK, but she's a Ford Taurus to Hamilton's Corvette Stingray.

There are pacing problems, too. The screenwriter felt the need to include several filler sequences that are meant to advance the plot and fill in back story and give the other cast members something to do. But most of these sequences are pretty lackluster: a fistfight in a women's clothing store goes nowhere; a romantic confrontation between Davi and Harrold leaves no lasting impact (though it does let Harrold get off a good put-down line); and the 10 minute car chase scene where a crime boss winds up hamburger is an exercise in by-the-numbers padding if there ever was one (good sound design, though).

But the last 20 minutes serves as a payoff to the first part of the film, and it is basically one long bullet-fest. Arnold basically shoots everything short of LAWs and RPGs at the bad guys, and they obligingly miss with all their shots and fall over and die. None of this is staged with anything like the panache of the firefights in "Commando" or the desperate high speed run-and-gun highway fights in "Terminator". It's all very meat-and-potatoes stuff that wouldn't have be out of place in a typical Cannon/Golan-Globus production. But there's plenty of it, and the S-man is appropriately grim and indestructible, and any fan will be satisfied once the final bad guy goes down in the final hail of bullets.

After 3 viewings, I still don't understand why no one can hit the huge, slow-moving white guy when they shoot at him, but it's his movie, so I'll just attribute it to Arnold's penchant for bringing a Browning Automatic Rifle to a revolver fight, and let it pass.

And I don't discount this movie just because it was an Arnold vehicle - I felt that his follow-up "The Running Man" was a return to form (although still not as good as "Terminator" and "Commando").

Anyway, "Raw Deal" doesn't place in the top 5 (or even 10) Arnold films, but any Schwarzenegger completist will want to have it, and will probably find much to enjoy. And fans of "Crime Story" and gangster films in general will also find this to their liking.

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