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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Muntz
... Catherine DeVoto
... Ray Kasternak
... Frank Stryker
William Marquez ... Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard ... Col. Salgado
... Lyle
... Babers
... Harold DeVoto
... Ms. Della Rosa
... Bob
... Masaggi
J.W. Smith ... Will
Carmencristina Moreno ... Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
Charles Levin ... Dr. Rechtin
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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.

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Comedy | Crime

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Bombengeschäft  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,520,605, 6 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,369,581
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Trivia

The first of back to back comedies that starred Sigourney Weaver. The second of course was Ghostbusters in 1984. See more »

Goofs

When Harold DeVoto punches the wall outside his hotel room, the entire wall shakes (obvious fake wall). See more »

Quotes

Ray Kasternak: You got a nice flame job there, Becha. I'm gon' gi'ya a lil' touchup! A lil' touchup! Just a lil' touchup for ya!
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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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A dark, 1980s comedy
19 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Deal of the Century is for those with an appreciation of the absurd. A dry, dark comedy, and an ironic portrayal of 1980s American (Reaganite) values. The film is a humorous, critical portrait of the hypocrisy behind Ronald Reagan's deadly cold war shenanigans. Its a political comedy -- very well directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). It is also well performed and photographed. Chevy Chase is perfectly cast as a cynical arms dealer. And the late, great, Gregory Hines, as his partner, disenchanted with the arms business and suddenly filled with pathos, desperately and hilariously turns from heavy-weapons to Jesus. It is not a perfectly plotted or written film, but it strives to intelligently portray its era.


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