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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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Trivia

The name of the arms trade fair was "Arms For Peace '84". The show's slogan was "Faith in the Future". 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

Ray Kasternak: For I do not do the good that I want. But the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want it is no longer I that do it but sin which dwells within me.
Eddie Muntz: That's beautiful, Ray.
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Written by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
Performed by The Chipmunks
Courtesy of RCA Records and Bagdasarian Productions
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A dark, 1980s comedy
19 May 2006 | by chrisp-29See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA) 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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