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Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

Eddie Murphy , Tatyana Ali , Robert Townsend  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, James Brown III, Eyde Byrde
  • Directors: Robert Townsend
  • Writers: Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Producers: Eddie Murphy, Jeffrey Chernov, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Richard Tienken, Robert D. Wachs
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMHL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eddie Murphy Raw" on IMDb

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The audacious concert film Eddie Murphy Raw rubbed some people the wrong way upon its release in 1987, but there's no denying that between Murphy's more insensitive bits about women and gay men is some of his most inspired material. While the young comedian indulges an unattractive homophobia and rants about the sexual manipulativeness of all females, he makes up for it with an amazing story about being chided by Bill Cosby for obscene humor and does a great impression of Mr. T falling under the spell of a Jedi mind trick. The best stuff comes deep into the show, particularly a long tale of being pressured into a fight at a club, resulting in a phone call to Murphy's drunk father, the latter in the middle of a verbal attack on his wife. The scene is genuinely horrifying and funny, testament to Murphy's early reputation as heir to Richard Pryor's mercilessly autobiographical brilliance. --Tom Keogh

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The record-setting number one concert film, EDDIE MURPHY: RAW shows Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: making people laugh. Filmed live at New York's Felt Forum, Murphy delights, shocks, and entertains with celebrity impersonations, observations on 'love, sex and marriage in the 80's, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Not only does this guy not know anything about comedy, but obviously has no sense at all, since he agrees with Leonard Maltin. While I'll say that I liked "Delirious" more than "Raw," they are both utter classics. I can watch them a near infinate amount of times, or just listen to his 3 comedy cd's. New Mexico man says that all Raw is, is Eddie using the F-word a lot. Well, New Mexico, have you seen any comedy inthe last 30 years? all the comedians use the F-word too much. But the difference with "Raw" is that it is used in context, and it doesn't dampen the effect of the rest of the comedy. New Mexico man should consider going back and reviewing "Raw" and maybe trying to look around on Amazon auctions for a sense of humor
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand-Up Comedy At Its' Best July 27, 2000
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In the same tradition of raunchy stand up comedy kings such as Richard Pryor and Red Foxx, Eddie Murphy's comedy pokes fun at many groups and celebrities. Filmed at the height of Eddie's status as the world's biggest film star (while on contract with Paramount), "Raw" is an hour and a half of hysterical impersonations and skits.
Written by comedy star/director Keenan Ivory Wayans ("Scary Movie"; "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"; television's "In Living Color") and directed by Robert Townsend ("Meteor Man"; "Hollywood Shuffle"), Raw's highlights include Eddie's trip to San Francisco (where he is greeted at the aiport by flamboyant gay men), his trouble with women, and celebrity put downs.
The most memorable skit in this film probably has to be Eddie's imaginary wedding to an African tribal woman who gets corrupted by American women upon her arrival to the U.S. "Unfoofoo" (his African wife's name) and Eddie's discussion of how he met her made me laugh out loud. Truly, only a comedy genius could have thought of such a funny skit.
Although not a film for young kids due to its' use of foul language and discussion of sexual situations, the film showcased Murphy at his best, long before his string of family oriented films ("Dr. Doolittle" "Nutty Professor"). While there is a new king when it comes to raunchy comedy nowadays (Chris Rock) Eddie still remains one of the best. "Raw" is a showcase of great comedic writing and performance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is ONE of the funniest stand-up acts you will ever see!! There's only one better than this, and that's Delirious! This man is a comic genius, and also one of the best impersonators I have ever seen before! His Richard Pryor impersonation is DEAD ON and one of the funniest parts! It's about time they released it on DVD and I can't wait to enjoy it again and again. If you're on the fence, trust me, this is well worth your time and effort and money! And if you find this funny, go and get Delirious!! "Hey Boy.....Hey Boy...you look mighty cute in them jeans....now come on ova here....and..!" FRIGGIN' HILARIOUS!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I have been watching RAW for years now & if it's possible, it just gets FUNNIER & FUNNIER! There once was a time when I could recite it from beginning to end. Like it's been said, it's got MAJOR potty-mouth going on, but with Eddie, you know that already, right? If I had to have a favorite part, I think it'd have to be 'Momma's green pepper burger' ("There ain't no green pepper in McDonalds!" "What you need eggs for?") Please for the love of Pete, if you haven't seen this already (which I absolutely CANNOT believe) it is a definite must...OH YEAH, WHY IS THIS NOT OUT ON DVD YET!?!?!?!? Get with it people!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest stand-up video ever! April 22, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is Eddie at his finest. "Delirious" was great, but "Raw" is better. It's so good, no video store in Memphis has it because all the copies have been stolen or worn out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on and Straight to the point!!! April 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I'm not much on words but this vidio was top gun with me. I could watch it over and over and i do !! Being divorced myself this was a really true to life show ,but it also made your sides split !!! I dont own this Vidio yet just have it Taped from HBO but would love to own it. I think I'll had it down to my son when he is of age . Cool and right on EDDIE!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 years ago..... Still applies today!! October 8, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
If you want to fall out of your chair laughing while nodding your head in agreement the entire time, then this is for you. This is Eddie Murphy at his prime and your comedy collection is not complete without this gem!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four -and-a-"HALF!" stars February 11, 2003
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The year was 1987 and after been widely known for his classic "Delirious" stand-up act and Beverly Hills Cop movies, Eddie Murphy comes to New York City to perform his latest act in this feature called "Raw". If you were laughing at the jokes from "Delirious", then chances are that you were rolling on floor in laughter when you watched this.
Before the performance is a Keenan Ivory Wayans-produced sketch where it shows Eddie as a kid (played by Deion Richmond [Kenny on "The Cosby Show"]) telling a nasty joke in front of his family, which sets the tone of what his act will be: funny but in bad taste. If you look closer, his family members consist of other people who weren't famous yet like Tatyana Ali ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") and Samuel L. Jackson.
Now, on to the act (directed by Robert Townsend, I might add). Though he does less impressions of stars than he did in "Delirious", it is still hilarious to see him do a fed-up Michael Jackson, a scolding Bill Cosby, and a dead-on impression of Richard Pryor, his idol. The audience is noticeably having a good time and even catches Eddie cracking himself up when he talks about getting arrested by a certain type of police.
In this day and age when African-American comedians' whole routine is usually about how black folks are different from white folks, you wonder if they ever studied Eddie Murphy's monologues, because Murphy had a LOT more to speak on. See the discussion on prenuptial agreement: if you (the man) don't get one with your wife, when it's time for your divorce, she'll ask for "HALF!" of your money. Of course that comes off as misogynistic and derogatory, but it's just comedy, not necessarily commentary.
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