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Raw Deal (1986) Poster

(1986)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger only agreed to star in this picture after much haggling in exchange for dissolving his multi-picture agreement with Dino De Laurentiis. He had one picture left with the producer and was actually very 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.
According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dino De Laurentiis decided to produce this film because he needed quick cash for his long gestating project Total Recall (1990). At that time, he owned the rights to the film. The failure of this film to make adequate money (only $16 million) resulted in De Laurentiis' bankruptcy and Recall's sale of rights to Carolco.
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 role, his wardrobe budget for a film was about "10 dollars".
Originally intended to be called "Let's Make A Deal."
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Davi later appeared in The Expendables 3 (2014) in which they share no screen time. Arnold was also considered for Bruce Willis's role as Detective John McClane in Die Hard (1988) which also costarred Davi as FBI agent Johnson but he turned it down.
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The weapon that Kaminsky uses in the final shootout of the movie (and which he brandishes on the poster) is a Heckler & Koch HK-94 carbine, a semi-automatic civilian version of the MP5 submachine gun.
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During production and filming the movie was to be called "Triple Identity" - a reference to the fact that the Schwarzenegger character goes from being an FBI Agent (1), to a local cop (2) and then to undercover operative (3). Several scripts exist for the film with the title on the front page. "Raw Deal" was chosen to make the film sound more like a regular action movie.
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There are similarities between this movie and Arnold Schwarzenegger's other films The Terminator (1984) and Commando (1985). Arnold's character says "I'll be back." and gets ready his arsenal of weapons ready for war in all three movies. Robert Davi's character wears the gargoyles sunglasses like Arnold in Terminator.
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The rock quarry scene was shot at Rogers Groups Pilot Knobb plant in Gallatin TN.
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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.
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Kaminski tells his drunk wife Amy "You should not drink and bake" when she chucks chocolate cake at him, which she misses and yet, Kaminski later gets drunk himself when he drinks champagne with Monique and passes out, as they are about to make the sex in the bedroom.
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Joey Brenner's social security number reads: 567-34-5787. 567 is a prefix for California, which means the card was issued there. His passport id shows H1032642.
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Blanche Baker has played the love interest of both Arnold Schwarzenegger aka The Terminator and Peter Weller aka Robocop. She appeared in movies like _Shakedown_ and this film.
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"I've Seen That Face Before" by Grace Jones plays during a club scene. She had previously co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer (1984).
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Cameo 

Sven-Ole Thorsen: Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend and frequent collaborator appears as a bodyguard towards the end of the film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Robert Davi was considered for the role of Richter in Total Recall (1990), in which he would've gone up against Arnold Schwarzenegger again after this film. But, he turned it down, along with Kurtwood Smith, who played a character like that in Robocop (1987), also directed by Paul Verhoeven. The role went to Michael Ironside who was also considered to play Robocop, as well as Clarence. Davi later worked with Verhoeven on Showgirls (1995).
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