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Raw Deal

4.2 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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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: Dino De Laurentiis, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013RC8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raw Deal" on IMDb

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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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U.K. Distributor Optimum home entertainment has released RAW DEAL on blu-ray
for some reason RAW DEAL has not been given a U.S. blu-ray release yet
Universal studios own the DVD rights of the film so hopefully one day Universal will release a blu-ray version
with new making of featurette's
apart from a new HD transfer of the film of this new U.K. blu-ray, there's also some new special features added aswell
the old DVD release was barebones, had just the Theatrical trailer
so i bought this new blu-ray out of curiosity reasons
and i tell you what it was waste of money
first of all this U.K. blu-ray says region B on back cover, i played the Disc anyway on my region A player
and to my surprise the Disc does play region A so the Disc is ALL REGIONS
so obviously the region B print is wrong, incorrect
secondly the special features are pointless and boring
the first featurette ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER-THE MAN WHO RAISED HOLLYWOOD only goes for 15mins
all it is are new interviews with some of the film Directors & film Producers that have worked with Arnold that's all, nothing special
the Directors that have been interviewed just give comments on Arnold as a person, as an Actor and other aspects of
Arnold's personality
i thought this featurette would be about the making of Raw Deal, i was wrong for sure
the featurette is pointless, ridiculous idea by Optimum home ent'

the 2nd featurette RAW DEAL- A GENERIC GANGSTER film
is just a 6min interview with Arnold's biographer who gives his opinions on the film Raw Deal.
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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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By P. Whitlock on 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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Format: VHS Tape
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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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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