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Raw Deal

Comic book crime meller suffers from an irredeemably awful script, and even director John Irvin's engaging sense of how absurd the proceedings are can't work an alchemist's magic.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Kathryn Harrold Sam Wanamaker Paul Shenar Robert Davi Ed Lauter

Comic book crime meller suffers from an irredeemably awful script, and even director John Irvin’s engaging sense of how absurd the proceedings are can’t work an alchemist’s magic.

Bald exposition sees former FBI man, Arnold Schwarzenegger, now rather implausibly a southern sheriff, recruited to infiltrate Chicago’s biggest mob, which has been rubbing out men scheduled to testify against it. The big man impresses kingpin Sam Wanamaker with his brain and lieutenant Paul Shenar (as well as tarty Kathryn Harrold) with his brawn, and soon wins himself a job with the gang.

Cast members do what’s necessary, but have all been seen to better advantage on other occasions.

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Raw Deal

Production: De Laurentiis/International. Director John Irvin; Producer Martha Schumacher; Screenplay Gary M. DeVore, Norman Wexler; Camera Alex Thomson; Editor Anne V. Coates; Music Cinemascore; Art Director Giorgio Postiglione

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: Arnold Schwarzenegger Kathryn Harrold Sam Wanamaker Paul Shenar Robert Davi Ed Lauter

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