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Raw Deal (1986)

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.

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Mark Kaminsky / 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
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Storyline

Dishonoured and forcibly retired from the FBI on grounds of excessive brutality, the former agent Mark Kaminsky, is now reduced to a small-town Sheriff. However, when Chief Harry Shannon, an old friend from the bureau whose son 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 organisation 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Triple Identity See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,438,978, 8 June 1986

Gross USA:

$16,209,459
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The cassette Kaminsky inserts into the tape player before the Gravel Pit gun battle is The Crusaders' "Street Life"; the music played is the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction". See more »

Quotes

Elevator Operator: Good evening, sir.
Mark Kaminsky: Down.
Elevator Operator: There is no down.
Mark Kaminsky: Hey, I'm not a cop. I'm a player.
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Connections

Referenced in Spaced: Battles (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaminski Stomps
Written by Claude Gaudette, Tom Bähler, Chris Boardman, Albhy Galuten
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It is the audience that gets a raw deal from this troubled production
13 August 2015 | by dworldeaterSee all my reviews

In Arnold's best period of his film career, it is unquestionable that Raw Deal is his worst film from that era. Sandwiched between two of his best action movies, Commando and Predator. Raw Deal is real weak by comparison. The film is a mess and it seemed that those involved with the production could not agree on what they were making. Also, it would appear that funds were too low for anyone's vision to get on screen. The editing and music for this movie is really poorly done. This film is definitely lacking in a consistent tone or focus. The action scenes seem out of place as well. Raw Deal was probably meant to be a low budget police thriller. Any way you slice it, this film is not a cohesive piece of work and is filled with plot holes. Arnold, at this point in his career had massive physicality and charisma. However, he was lacking in acting skills and was horrendous in the more dramatic scenes here. The supporting cast was pretty good for the most part. Even though this is not Arnie's highest quality production, it still remains fairly entertaining. There is quite a bit of funny stuff here(some intentional and some not). Also, there is plenty of Arnold one liners with one of my favorites, "You should not drink and bake". While Raw Deal is not a well made movie, it is not totally unwatchable and is still quite amusing and outrageous.


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