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Deal of the Century (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 November 1983 (USA)
A small time arms dealer in South America to sell weapons to the revolutionaries, winds up negotiating the sale of an experimental plane to the nation's dictator.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Paul Brickman, Bernard Edelman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Eddie Muntz
Sigourney Weaver ... Catherine DeVoto
Gregory Hines ... Ray Kasternak
Vince Edwards ... Frank Stryker
William Marquez William Marquez ... Gen. Cordosa
Eduardo Ricard Eduardo Ricard ... Col. Salgado
Richard Herd ... Lyle
Graham Jarvis ... Babers
Wallace Shawn ... Harold DeVoto
Randi Brooks ... Ms. Della Rosa
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Bob
Richard Libertini ... Masaggi
J.W. Smith J.W. Smith ... Will
Carmencristina Moreno Carmencristina Moreno ... Woman Singer (as Carmen Moreno)
Charles Levin ... Dr. Rechtin
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Storyline

Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how 'gifts' are used to grease the wheels of a sale, a religious conversion from one of the salesman and a romance that begins to grow between two competitors, not to mention the imminient financial collapse of one of the companies if they don't make this sale. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Chevy Chase and his partners are arms dealers. They sell second-rate weapons to third world nations. But they're not out to stick it to anyone.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Bombengeschäft See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,520,605, 6 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,369,581
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of only two films Director William Friedkin wrote nothing about, positive or negative, in his memoir, The Friedkin Connection (see also The Guardian (1990)). See more »

Goofs

Ray begins studying the specs of the Peacemaker on an inclined table (drafting table) facing a wall. In two consecutive scenes, the camera shots are from the side (since a wall is directly in front of Ray). In several following cuts, Ray is seen sitting at a kitchen table, allowing the camera to shoot Ray from the front. It is possible Ray moved all of the study materials from one table to the other, but it seems clear this was done to facilitate the frontal shot. See more »

Quotes

Ray Kasternak: For I do not do the good that I want. But the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want it is no longer I that do it but sin which dwells within me.
Eddie Muntz: That's beautiful, Ray.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1988 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bachelor Party (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone To Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Nikka Costa
Courtesy of Renquet Records
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Not the greatest comedy of the century, but still good.
9 September 2001 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

The previous very negative commentaries: I wonder what they expected? If they expected a "typical" Chevy Chase movie, where he is the star of the show, and don't you forget it, then ... this is not the movie.

This is more along the lines of "Flying High", when there is no one "star" of the file who hogs the limelight. In this movie, the gags and clever lines are more evenly distributed. In my mind, this makes for a funnier movie.


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