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Raw Deal (1986)




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A former FBI agent is recruited to root out the gangsters who killed a fellow agent's son in this Arnold Schwarzenegger action film. After being booted out of the bureau for excessive violence, Kaminski (Schwarzenegger) lives in small-town exile with his bitter wife, Amy (Blanche Baker). He gets the chance to return to the big city, however, when Chicago mobsters murder the son of his old colleague Shannon (Darren McGavin), as well as scads of prosecution witnesses against them in an impending court case. Shannon promises to reinstate Kaminski if he'll help engineer the downfall of gang leader Max (Robert Davi). Working undercover and without government sanction, Kaminski infiltrates the mob by posing as a bodyguard/assassin. Along the way, he tussles with beautiful gambling addict Monique (Kathryn Harrold), who starts off as an enemy but ends up more. The action comes to a head when Kaminski's mob bosses send him to kill none other than Shannon. Released post-Terminator and pre-Predator, Raw Deal is one of several non-science fictional action flicks that cemented Schwarzenegger's '80s box-office appeal. Director John Irvin would return the following year with the gritty Vietnam drama Hamburger Hill.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Gary M. Devore, Norman Wexler, Gary de Vore, Gary de Vore
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On DVD: Oct 13, 1998
HBO Video


Arnold Schwarzenegge...
as Mark Kaminsky aka Jo...
Sam Wanamaker
as Luigi Patrovita
Paul Shenar
as Paulo Rocca
Ed Lauter
as Baker
Mordecai Lawner
as Marcellino
Steven Hill
as Lamanski
Blanche Baker
as Amy Kaminski
as Lamanski's Girl
Victor Argo
as Dangerous Man
John Hateley
as Trooper Double
Leon Rippy
as Man in Tux
Norman Max Maxwell
as Fake State Trooper
Tom Hull
as Metzger
Mary Canon
as Saleswoman
Gary Houston
as Patrovita Thug
Greg Noonan
as Patrovita Thug
Cedric Guthrie
as Agent with Shannon
Mary Cannon
as Saleswoman
Gary Olsen
as Lamanski's Driver
Brooks Patterson Gar...
as Elevator Operator
Patrick Miller
as Kinks Cashier
Jery Hewitt
as Stickman
Ralph Foody
as Captain
Howard Elfman
as Bomb Squad
Jeff Ramsay
as Bodyguard
Bill McIntosh
as Bodyguard
Ted Grossman
as Bodyguard
Joel Kramer
as Brenner Double
Kent Hays
as Drunken Player
Jeff Ramsey
as Bodyguard
Cliff Happy
as Tony's Bodyguard
Michael Adams
as Patrovita's Bodyguar...
Dean Smith
as Patrovita's Double
Greg Walker
as Rudy Double
Alex Ross Perry
as Station Wagon Driver
Socorro Santiago
as Nurse at Center
Richard McGough
as Baker's Partner
R. Pickett Bugg
as Lookout Gangster
John Clark
as Newscaster
Scott Blount
as Performer
Phil Adams
as FBI Agent
Chuck Hart
as FBI Agent
Larry Holt
as FBI Agent
Ken Sprunt
as FBI Agent
Mike Adams
as Patrovita's Bodyguar...
Alex Ross
as Station Wagon Driver
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Critic Reviews for Raw Deal

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

"You should not drink and bake" -- or take this one very seriously

September 29, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

Must-see if only for the moment when Arnold tries to say "Molested, murdered, and mutilated"

September 16, 2004
New Times

Audience Reviews for Raw Deal


Has a good enough time making fun of itself until things get flatly absurd... That's when Arnold takes his sweet montage-time securing a cache of weapons in a suitcase with all the right velcro straps, and then kills everyone with unflappable machine gun skills, shooting one-handed from a convertible. (Every mob guy is slower on the draw than a Quaker.) At the end, Arnold plays Bogart to Kathryn Harrold's ex-moll elegance. At the start, Irwin films a great jeep-vs-cycle chase and primes us to be scared of Victor Argo -- but I can't even remember how he left the plot. Plot? Who cares? This movie is supposed to be about action, humor and romance... In case you're wondering, Arnold stays faithful to his Darren McGavin.

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer


This really is a horribly made movie, it probably has some of the biggest technical issue of a major motion picture. That being said, it's just a lot of fun and classic Arnold. He has so many great moments and testosterone fueled actions, proving that he one of the greatest action stars to ever live. The storyline is overdone so much and made so honest, but you can't help liking it on at least a sarcastic level.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


One of Arnies weaker films I think, still cool and always good action scenes but just not that many. The whole thing just survives purely because Arnie is in it.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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