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Eddie Murphy: Raw -- Uncensored. Uncut. Irresistible. Raw, the record-setting No. 1 concert film of all time, is Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: making people laugh.


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Release Date:
18 December 1987 (USA) See more »
WARNING! You may be offended if you're black, white, male, female, rich or poor, Bill Cosby, Mr. T or Richard Pryor. See more »
Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eddie Murphy ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tatyana Ali ... Eddie's Sister (sketch)
Billie Allen ... Eddie's Aunt (sketch)
James Brown III ... Thanksgiving Guest (sketch)
Eyde Byrde ... Mrs. Butts (sketch) (as Edye Byrde)
Michelle Davison ... Thanksgiving Guest (sketch)
Clebert Ford ... Uncle Lester (sketch)
Geri Gibson ... Card Player #2 (sketch)
Birdie M. Hale ... Aunt Rose (sketch)

J.D. Hall ... Party Guest (sketch)
Barbara Harris ... Thanksgiving Guest (sketch) (as Barbara Iley)
Tiger Haynes ... Card Player #3 (sketch)
Leonard Jackson ... Uncle Gus (sketch)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Eddie's Uncle (sketch)
Jody Jones ... Eddie's Cousin (sketch)

Jo D. Jonz ... Eddie's Cousin

John Lafayette ... Thanksgiving Guest (sketch)
Davenia McFadden ... Eddie's Aunt (sketch)

Gwen McGee ... Eddie's Mother (sketch)
Lex Monson ... Card Player #4 (sketch)
Warren Morris ... Poetry Reader (sketch)

Deon Richmond ... Little Eddie (sketch)

Basil Wallace ... Eddie's Father (sketch)

Damien Dante Wayans ... Child Running in the House (sketch) (as Damien Wayans)
Ellis Williams ... Eddie's Uncle (sketch)
Carol Woods ... Eddie's Aunt (sketch)

Kim Wayans ... Interviewed Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Townsend 
Writing credits
Eddie Murphy (stand-up material)

Eddie Murphy (opening sketch) &
Keenen Ivory Wayans (opening sketch)

Produced by
Jeffrey Chernov .... co-producer
Eddie Murphy .... executive producer
Richard Tienken .... executive producer
Robert D. Wachs .... producer
Keenen Ivory Wayans .... producer
Cinematography by
Ernest R. Dickerson 
Film Editing by
Lisa Day 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas 
Set Decoration by
Jim Fredericks  (as James T. Fredericks)
Makeup Department
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist
Marilyn Peoples .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jeffrey Chernov .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michea Caye .... second assistant director
Dwight Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joan Finley .... set dresser (as Joan Finlay-Alessi)
Barbara A. Kastner .... set dresser
James Mazzola .... property master
Jeff Mazzola .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer: effects
Jon Christodoulou .... sound assistant
Jon Christodoulou .... sound
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
Bill Fertig .... concert sound
Ed Gleason .... sync
Frank Graziadei .... sound mixer
David Hewitt .... remote recording: 24 track
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Kamen .... supervising sound editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator (as Louis Sabet)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Banks .... chief lighting technician
Jeff Boldenwick .... concert lighting
John Cambria .... second assistant camera
Richard J. Cartwright .... still photographer
Joseph F. Coffey .... camera operator
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera
Craig DiBona .... camera operator
Liz Dubelman .... second assistant camera
Robert Fiore .... camera operator
Paul Gaffney .... second assistant camera
Craig Haagensen .... first assistant camera
Marc Hirschfeld .... first assistant camera (as Marc D. Hirshfeld)
Victor Huey .... first company grip (as Victor W. Huey)
Stan Keitt .... second assistant camera
Christophe Lanzenberg .... first assistant camera
Don Lenzer .... camera operator
Ed Marritz .... camera operator (as Edward Marritz)
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator
Algernon Ramirez .... first assistant camera
Joe Ritter .... first assistant camera
Debbie Sarjeant .... first assistant camera
Bruce W. Talamon .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jody Berke .... wardrobe assistant
Darlene Jackson .... wardrobe: Eddie Murphy
Andrea Ross .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Norman B. Malin .... apprentice editor
Beverly Pinnas .... apprentice editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer
Eric Strand .... assistant editor
Location Management
Douglas J. Kenny .... location manager
Music Department
Curt Sobel .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain (as James S. Buckman)
Other crew
Fetteroff Colen .... personal assistant: Eddie Murphy
Dan Curry .... title design
Kurt Davis .... production assistant
Jane Nerlinger Evans .... production office coordinator
Marilyn Gill .... production assistant
Peter Lombardi .... production auditor
Patricia Matthews .... assistant: Robert D. Wachs/Eddie Murphy Productions
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
Uncle Ray Murphy .... security coordinator
Karen Penhale .... production office coordinator: Los Angeles
Susan Towner .... assistant accountant
Kim Wayans .... assistant: Mr Townsend/Mr Wayans

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Raw" - USA (short title)
"Raw: The Concert Movie" - USA (poster title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1988) | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R (No. 28464) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Surpassed Scarface (1983) for the most uses of the word "fuck" in a feature-length film with 223 uses. While it was eventually surpassed by Goodfellas (1990), it still holds the record for movies released in the 1980s.See more »
Eddie Murphy:[imitating his father who is singing Motown songs but messing up the lyrics] If I have to beg and plead to the symphony...
["If I have to beg and plead for your sympathy"]
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Movie Connections:
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The BaySee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Energy and stage presence covers up some weak patches among the laughs, 12 March 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Live in New York, Eddie Murphy may well look quite ridiculous in his purple jumpsuit but he holds the stage really well in this large arena. It goes without saying that his material is relentlessly foulmouthed and occasionally offensive but it rarely bothered me because he does manage to be consistently funny throughout the show. His topics are mostly in the realm of relationships in regards sex and women generally. This worried me a little bit because these topics hardly offered much in the way of originality but actually he did really well with it.

It wasn't that he avoided clichés (because he doesn't) but more that he manages to inject energy into his whole show. At times his material is very strong but even when he is being obvious and crude, his energy lifts it, engages the audience and makes it feel better than it is. I wasn't rolling with laughter all the time but I did really enjoy the show so, even when I didn't laugh at some bits, it wasn't really a problem but he was generally still amusing. Director Townsend doesn't really help him by having the camera tight on him so much either; Murphy's energy is in his whole body so the close shots reduce this somewhat – plus the whole setup makes it hard to appreciate the audience being in the room.

Overall though a funny and energetic show from Murphy. It isn't a classic by any means and his material is hardly original but he has stage presence and energy and that helps a lot. Maybe too crude and foulmouthed to be to everyone's tastes but if it is your thing then it is worth a look.

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