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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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William Marquez ...
Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard ...
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Lyle
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Babers
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Harold DeVoto
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Ms. Della Rosa
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Bob
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Masaggi
J.W. Smith ...
Will
Carmencristina Moreno ...
Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$10,369,581
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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

The Chicano Man breaks the same passenger-side window from Ray's Porsche twice. 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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References Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
(Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc)
Music by Louiguy
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado
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this movie is brilliant
15 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is a satirical look at the industry of arms sales. Chevy Chase is an independent broker who sells rifles, grenades, rocket launchers, etc. to any 3rd rate dictatorial government (or its opposing insurgency) like he's selling vacuum cleaners. Somebody is going to get rich arming South American counties at war with each other so why not him? Gregory Hines is his business partner who is becoming a born again Christain and therefore developing a moral crisis over the implications of their work, which is brilliantly exemplified in a scene where he is sent to Long Beach to check out a good deal on flamethrowers and listens to the client describe them as "house warmers" because in North Africa the paramilitary uses them to burn village huts in order to find out who resides in them- a preferable alternative to knocking on doors. This movie is for people who want to learn about the ugly convergence of business and war peppered with a handful of great jokes about the subject. "Haven't you heard of the separation of church and business? This country was founded on it!"

The movie Lord of War with Nicolas Cage is about to be released, and from the trailer it looks like the writer saw Deal of the Century and decided to update it for 2005.


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