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Raw Deal (1986)

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A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.


John Irvin


Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Sergio Donati (story) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Mark Kaminski / Joseph P. Brenner
Kathryn Harrold ... Monique
Sam Wanamaker ... Luigi Patrovita
Paul Shenar ... Paulo Rocca
Robert Davi ... Max Keller
Ed Lauter ... Baker
Darren McGavin ... Harry Shannon
Joe Regalbuto ... Marvin Baxter
Mordecai Lawner Mordecai Lawner ... Marcellino
Steven Hill ... Martin Lamanski
Blanche Baker ... Amy Kaminsky
Louise Robey Louise Robey ... Lamanski's Girl (as Robey)
Victor Argo ... Dangerous Man
George P. Wilbur ... Killer #1 (as George Wilbur)
Denver Mattson ... Killer #2


Dishonoured and forcibly retired from the FBI on grounds of excessive brutality, the former agent Mark Kaminski, is now reduced to a small-town Sheriff. However, when Chief Harry Shannon, an old friend from the bureau whose son Blair Shannon was murdered by the mob, turns to Mark for help, the tough Sheriff who is always ready for action, will see this offer as a chance to his reinstatement. In this deadly and unofficial assignment, Mark has to infiltrate Luigi Patrovita's powerful mob family to tear it apart, while forcing his way through the crime organization as the mysterious Joseph P. Brenner. Now, he has to stay away from the law without blowing his cover, but is it wise to give Mark a raw deal? Written by Nick Riganas

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The system gave him a raw deal. Nobody gives him a raw deal. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


In Kaminski's back-story: Kaminski, a FBI agent, was fired from the FBI by Marvin Baxter because he abused a prisoner whom murdered, molested and mutilated a young girl and Baxter gave him the choice of resigning or be prosecuted in court and Kaminski and his wife Amy relocated to a small town which Kaminski got employment as the Sheriff. See more »


After the fight in the alley (3 against Kaminski), the police car pulls up and screeches to a halt. After the conversation with the police officer, the police car is sitting at a different angle, with both headlights visible instead of the driver's side one blocked by the cardboard boxes in the alley. See more »


Jogger: [37:12] Hi. When was the last time you had a good piss?
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Referenced in Let's Make a Deal (2009) See more »


Written by Colonel Abrams and Marston Freeman
Performed by Colonel Abrams
Courtesy of MCA Records, INC
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Arnie in fine form in a good Sunday afternoon time waster
25 May 2020 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Raw Deal (no relation far as I can tell to the Anthony Mann film of the same name, the producers slapped on this title because it gets to the point, I guess) is something that I can see playing at MoMA any time soon (then again, once current events subside, stranger things have happened), but it scratches the itch for a need for slightly sleazy and (but not too excessive, like a sprinkling of parsley on a good chicken) and plenty bloody (naturally) thriller where Arrnie gets to slick back his hair, chomp on a cigar, say "Magic? Magnets!" before flipping a table, and has some convincing supporting work from Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin and Sam Wanamaker (and some scene chewing from Robert Davi and Ed Lauter). Matter of fact, Schwarzenegger said later he thought he became a better actor over the course of shooting, and I can see it... Up to a point. And that one scene at the cemetery is pretty terrific.

Last thing, LOL the music is by "Cinemascore"?! My how times change (the score is pretty generic too).

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Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Triple Identity See more »


Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,438,978, 8 June 1986

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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