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Raw Deal (1986)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Kathryn Harrold , John Irvin  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Robert Davi
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Writers: Gary DeVore, Luciano Vincenzoni, Norman Wexler, Sergio Donati
  • Producers: Martha De Laurentiis
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013RC8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raw Deal" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Arnie Flick December 23, 1999
By Hans
Format:VHS Tape
Well, the script needed a little help. In many places it was rather corny, but oh well. I don't think that most people view these types of films for the literary experience. The action at the end of the movie is worth the price of the video. A good final shoot-out. I always feel better after watching this scene. It's good for venting. Arnie takes them all out in a fierce gun battle. Rather excilerating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Ah-nold yarn worth checking out August 29, 2004
Format:DVD
After finding sucess with Conan the Barbarian and the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in this half decent action yarn playing a disgraced FBI Agent called back into duty to go undercover to track a mob boss. The script, directing, action, and so forth are pretty routine for an 80's action movie, but good 'ol Arnold's magnetic charm keeps Raw Deal rolling even when it seems it's about to fall apart. The cast also includes longtime Law & Order vet Steven Hill, and most of the rest of the cast is pretty forgettable. Still worth checking out though for Arnold afficiondos who missed out on it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super October 31, 2004
Format:DVD
As the Chicago Mafia attempts to murder witnesses who could incriminate them in court, Mark Kaminsky, a former FBI agent (Arnold Schwarzenegger), attempts to infiltrate the organization and root out the assassins. It's time for dues to be paid ... "Ah-nuld" style! Kathryn Harrold, Ed Lauter, Darren McGavin and Sam Wanamaker co-star.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic From the Golden Age of Ah-nuld May 29, 2005
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Let's face it - schlock as an art form has its place in our culture. Schlock takes many forms, from formulaic teen comedies, weepy romantic `comedies' and the trying-to-be-serious-but-looking-positively-ridiculous hard-boiled cops `n' robbers movie.

Raw Deal is the latter. Taken in a slightly different direction (and with an entirely different cast) the script might produce something dark, gripping, and ultimately rewarding. But watching John Irving's vision of Raw Deal is rewarding in its own way - lots and lots of unintentional laughs, not to mention a seemingly never-ending clatter of empty shell casings. If you like Ah-nuld pre- "Eraser," when his characters were given more leeway to act like, well, a muscle-bound Austrian playing the John Wayne role without a hint of shame, Raw Deal is an outstanding film.

As I said before, the plot could have been believable, but there's no real concern with reality here, and that works in the film's favor. The current Governor of California is a small-town sheriff in an unhappy marriage, having been removed from "The Agency" (gamely represented here by a super frumpy Darrin McGavin as some kind of rogue FBI boss named Shannon). Well, wouldn't you know it, Arnie's former boss loses a son to gangsters. To quote Mayor Quimby , "Those wacky gangsters. What're ya gonna do?" Well, Shannon decides to enlist the Terminator off the books to terminate those wacky gangsters.

But the termination comes not in the "Commando" mold of seek-and-destroy, but in possibly the least logical way possible - Mr. Schwartzenegger goes undercover in the Chicago mob. I'm no organized crime expert, but I somehow get the sense that the mob, whether Italian, Chinese, or Russian, tends to recruit from within.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schwarzenegger Leads This Genre October 6, 2008
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Of all the 'get burnt, get even' types of movies, Arnold leads the pack! He's huge, he's tough, you can hurt him but can't kill him, but best of all, he metes out the justice and punishment better than anyone. You'll walk away from this movie feeling satisfied and empowered. High five, Arnold!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Resign or be prosecuted...". June 20, 2004
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In a time when the man with the biggest machine gun ruled the box office, Arnold Schwarzenegger was an unquestionable heavyweight amongst action stars. Following his success with the Conan films and "The Terminator", Ah-nuld signed on to do this crime thriller with director John Irvin. This one isn't one of his more well-known titles but is still "too cool for school". Not exactly one of the smartest action films ever released, what "Deal" lacks in brains, it makes up for in bullets.
Schwarzenegger is Mark Kaminsky, a former FBI big shot who is exiled to the role of local sheriff in a quiet Southern town. When an old friend's son is murdered by Mafia goons, Mark is called in to take down the bad guys in typical Schwarzenegger fashion. Faking his own death and re-emerging in Chicago under the assumed identity of an ex-con, Kaminsky infiltrates the mob organization and takes them down with an arsenal of awesome firepower. From taking down a mob foe in a car chase to driving a confiscated cement truck through an underground casino, Arnold gets to have plenty of fun while kicking his usual butt.
"Raw Deal" is a little bit longer than it should be and is overly talky at times but there are some solid moments to be had here. Any movie that has Arnold blasting his way through a gravel pit to the sounds of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" can't be all bad. The musical score was one of my favorites at the time that I saw it and the supporting cast including Darren McGavin, Paul Shenar, Robert Davi, and Ed Lauter are all exceptionally talented and equally underrated. While far from a box office hit or even one of his most noteworthy flicks, "Raw Deal" is a bad-ass little movie that is actually very underrated in my opinion.
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Is this really Full-frame or a Typo?
Paul, in case you still don't know the answer to your question, the current description is a mistake. I have viewed the DVD, and it's in widescreen, about 2.20 or 2.35 ratio. The sound is good and the picture is decent. The sound offers a choice between 5.1 dolby digital, and 2.0 dolby stereo,... Read More
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