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Deal of the Century (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 November 1983 (USA)
A small time arms dealer in South America to sell weapons to the revolutionaries, winds up negotiating the sale of an experimental plane to the nation's dictator.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Paul Brickman, Bernard Edelman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Eddie Muntz
Sigourney Weaver ... Catherine DeVoto
Gregory Hines ... Ray Kasternak
Vince Edwards ... Frank Stryker
William Marquez William Marquez ... Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard Eduardo Ricard ... Col. Salgado
Richard Herd ... Lyle
Graham Jarvis ... Babers
Wallace Shawn ... Harold DeVoto
Randi Brooks ... Ms. Della Rosa
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Bob
Richard Libertini ... Masaggi
J.W. Smith J.W. Smith ... Will
Carmencristina Moreno Carmencristina Moreno ... Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
Charles Levin ... Dr. Rechtin
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Storyline

Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how 'gifts' are used to grease the wheels of a sale, a religious conversion from one of the salesman and a romance that begins to grow between two competitors, not to mention the imminient financial collapse of one of the companies if they don't make this sale. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Chevy Chase and his partners are arms dealers. They sell second-rate weapons to third world nations. But they're not out to stick it to anyone.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Bombengeschäft See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,520,605, 6 November 1983

Gross USA:

$10,369,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,369,581
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second film released by Warner Bros. that starred Chevy Chase in 1983. The other was the hit comedy, National Lampoon's Vacation which was released in the Summer. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie is in the trailer talking to Ray on the radio, he's wearing the headset with the microphone on the left side. In the next shot, it's on the right side. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Muntz: [demonstrating his products] Now here's a little item I think you might go for in a big way - Dragonteeth mines. Made in the US and used successfully in Vietnam, I might add. These little honeys won't kill ya', but they're guaranteed to take a foot off. Take a couple of samples, take 'em home, see if you like'em, let me know how many you need. Okay?
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1988 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Exterminator 2 (1984) See more »

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Shine
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Lyrics by Cynthia Morrow
Sung by Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Clydene Jackson
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brave satire
27 November 2004 | by macduff50See all my reviews

I loved this movie when it came out, and I still think it's one of Friedkin's most under- rated efforts. Where it lost a lot of the audience was in its requirement that they actually think about what was being presented to them. The jokes are not the usual Chevvy Chase, fall on his ass kind of thing, but for the most part have an actual point behind them. Where the film failed, I think, is culturally; audiences at the multiplex tend not to like to have to think about the entertainments they consume, so the movie got lukewarm reviews, and poor audiences. Look at the scene for example, where Gregory Hines' character is accosted by a mugger, and the way in which the scene escalates, for a perfect mini-allegory of the cold war, and the simplicity of its essential "strategies."

In truth, the movie falls between two stools, in terms of the audience it was aiming at. It's too much a Hollywood production to play on the art-house circuit; but its ethos is too "political" to play well in the major exhibition houses, ie, suburban multiplexes. It might be the case too, that because its satirical target is the military, some thought it as somehow "anti-American" and stayed away for that reason. But it's a fine film, well-structured and well scripted (in my opinion), having as its core the moral redemption of an immoral man. It also features – a rarity for American commercial movies – a black man in a major, well-thought out role who's not just a comedy sidekick for the hero. Give this one a chance, and it will reward multiple viewings.


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