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Deal of the Century

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Fast-talking Eddie Muntz is a supersalesman. He sells weapons - little ones to kick off a riot and big ones that can trigger a world war. He won't sell just to anybody, only to folks with suitcases full of money. Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver and Gregory Hines star in Deal of the Century, a devilish satire of the international arms trade from writer Paul Brickman (Risky Business) and director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). In the absurdist tradition of Dr. Strangelove and Wag the Dog, it's an uproarious look at an industry selling big bangs for big bucks - and shouldering big responsibility for the current sorry state of global relations. If your laughter is a little nervous, you're beginning to get the point.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines, Vince Edwards, William Marquez
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: Bernard Edelman, Paul Brickman, Robert Garland, Robert Towne
  • Producers: Bud Yorkin, David Salven, Jon Avnet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4KQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deal of the Century" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 13, 2007
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A film student could probably write a doctoral dissertation on Chevy Chase's convoluted movie career. Once considered the most promising cast member on a nascent Saturday Night Live, Chase was one of the first from that show to make an exodus into major motion pictures. His initial efforts boded well for the future. One can still watch films like "Foul Play," "Caddyshack," and "Seems Like Old Times" and laugh at this comedian's brilliant ability to garner laughs. In his early career, Chase stayed true to his comedic stylings--namely relying on his deadpan delivery, his embrace of the inane and ridiculous, and his marvelous skill at throwing out brilliant lines that are still quotable today. Even when his career turned south, his best movies always incorporated the traits listed above. "Fletch," the first and third installment of the National Lampoon Vacation films, and "Funny Farm" worked because Chase stayed close to his roots. His career foundered because he tried to leave this reservation. "Modern Problems," "The Three Amigos," "Nothing But Trouble," and a host of other films effectively sank his career. Some would say "Deal of the Century" helped deal the deathblow. Maybe so, but I love this film.

"Deal of the Century" centers on Chevy Chase playing a fourth rate arms dealer named Eddie Muntz. His character sells firearms, munitions, explosives, and other military gear in every third world hot spot on the planet. When we first meet Eddie, he's trying to wrap up a deal with a band of revolutionaries in some Central American toilet. Just when the money comes through, the government arrives on the scene and starts shooting. Muntz loses his money, loses his hardware, and receives a bullet in the foot for his troubles.
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This movie is a classic and hard to find in stores. Personally, I think this was one of Chevy Chase's best movies from his early 80's post- Saturday Night Live era; it also stars Gregory Hines and Sigourney Weaver ("Aliens"). This movie aged surprisingly well, a must see.
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A funny satire on a forgotten gem about the 1980,s arms race with the Russians and the Defence Contractors.And then,it,s Directed by William Friedkin (The Excorcist, The Sorcerer and The French Connection) Just Too Name A Few.Prepare to laugh your ass off on this one! You,ve been warned.
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Maybe in '83 America wasn't ready for a Cold War military-industrial complex spoof, however hilarious - and this one IS hilarious, though not in a stereotypically Chevy Chase goofball way. The presence of Weaver, Hines and Shawn kind of guarantee that. Give it a chance, you'll find it's WAY better than you've heard.
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Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver and Gregory Hines
This now overlooked comedy featured Chevy Chase as an arms dealer in a world awash in military hardware sales. He is not the worst person out there, but when a questionable sales deal falls into his lap, he takes credit for it and becomes a new star. His friend, played by Gregory Hines, is a pilot who will do anything to be in the air but also a realist who has qualms about aircraft sales to countries who can barely afford school books. Now there'd be a moral dilemma as to doing the sale, with the requisite reward, or to do the 'right thing'. Vince Edwards is perfect in his role as the corporate president selling an advanced drone (remember this was years before the current age of real-life drones and robotic aircraft.)

Although this film has an obvious political slant, it is so well-done and nuanced, you can overlook that. The basic questions of military budgets and the nation's needs have been at the forefront since this nation was formed, trying to defend us against the Crown...

For a good comedy and one that is thoughtful, I recommend this little film...
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I'm a Chevy Chase kind of guy, meaning I enjoy most of his work. Mr Chase doesn't have a franchize like Dirty Harry, Die Hard or Robin Hood. He comes at it from every direction. Fletch, Spies, "Like Old Times" & many others are enjoyable films about a variety of funny situations. This is another of his hits. He is on the spot when an arms dealer dies and takes over his prospect. He gets the widow too. Mr Hines does a good job and adds to the enjoyment. Get this one and spend an evening with a smile on your face. The weapon demonstrations are great.
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A South American dictator in full military dress regalia makes a public announcement that his citizenry is going to be taxed to provide for new military equipment and also that women who work for the government shall not be henceforth allowed to wear pants. Later he makes a pass at Sigourney Weaver who wears pants better than most. Interestingly, God is not mocked in this movie, and a baptism scene with Gregory Hines is so tenderly done that it will probably be enough to get this star into heaven! Only an arms manufacturer has no internal conflict with the advanced weapon he makes and tries to sell; otherwise, all these characters undergo character transformations that, in most cases, are for the better. Herein likes the high-star rating. Peoples' lives improve; sex-scenes are portrayed symbolically by weapons rather than people; and except for one scene where helicopters attack army gorillas, not many get killed--and this is pretty good for a war weapons movie! There are dozens of instances of where clever things are said or demonstrated, and this is tribute to screenwriting from over twenty years ago (Paul Brickman). During the movie I actually laughed more than once, so it was pretty darned good. Admittedly I bought it as a used video and not the DVD, but comparing to other films from its era, this one is great. Thank you, Warner Bros.
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