Raw Deal
Raw Deal
R | 06 June 1986 (USA)
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Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovina is taken down. To accomplish this, he must go undercover and join Patrovina's gang.


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Instead, you get a movie that's enjoyable enough, but leaves you feeling like it could have been much, much more.

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The acting in this movie is really good.

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It's a good bad... and worth a popcorn matinée. While it's easy to lament what could have been...

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Another action flick starring Arnold Scharzenegger, where he plays former FBI agent Mark Kaminsky, now a small town sheriff in North Carolina. He is enlisted by FBI Chief Harry Shannon (Darren McGavin) to help avenge his son's death by going undercover in mobster Patrovina's gang to take them down, in exchange for Kaminsky's reinstatement in the FBI. This movie title, unfortunately, says it all. This is a film that is basically all talk with very limited action, which makes the plot go at a slow pace; it almost seems the filmmakers were trying to give this flick a Godfather feel to it with its overly preachy mobster scenes. There is hardly any suspense or tense moments and even Arnold's one-liners were scarce. The acting, however, was OK and I think Arnold pulled off the best he can in this otherwise lackluster movie. Darren McGavin played a heartfelt role as the FBI Chief.Overall, not an exciting action movie and not one of the better ones starring Arnold.Grade D+

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Arnold Schwarzenegger "classic" actioner full of unintentional comedy. Arnold plays a small town sheriff who used to be an FBI agent. He was kicked out of the FBI because he roughed up a suspect ("He molested, murdered and mutilated her!"). But now Arnold has a chance to get back in if he goes undercover inside a mobster's gang. So naturally he agrees, fakes his death, and doesn't tell his wife a thing! Laughable to the extreme, this movie would have killed a lesser mortal's career. But not Ah-nold. Riding high after the Conan films, Terminator, and Commando, I suppose he was allowed one stinker. He would follow this with Predator and Running Man to prove to the world he was still the action champ. Honestly, it's not a great movie. Even for a dumb action movie, it's especially stupid. But it does have a lot of funny moments; most of which are unintended. If you are an Arnold fan or a fan of '80s action movies, regardless of quality, definitely give it a shot.

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Mark Kaminsky is forced to leave the FBI after controversy from treating a suspect too harshly. Kaminsky takes a job as a small time sheriff. This makes him and his wife very unhappy to the point of turmoil. Mark has a chance at glory when he agrees to infiltrate the kingpin of the Chicago Mafia, Luigi Patrovita (Sam Wanamaker) in order to avenge his friend Harry when Harry's son is murdered. This has plenty of shootouts, explosions, and all the things you love from Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's just too bad this movie is so routine and rather mundane at times as well. This had a chance to be quite a riveting story, and it is at certain times, just not nearly enough for my liking. I realize Arnold Schwarzenegger movies aren't meant to be Oscar worthy. Arnold is one of my heroes. He's one of the most charismatic action stars to ever grace our screens. I own almost all of his movies, including this one. I just feel it was a missed opportunity. There are some plot holes as well. How did it take so long for the federal prosecutor to realize Arnold is undercover? You would think that he would figure it out far sooner. Arnold's performance is a bit of a character study. There was some decent character development with him. I thought he gave one of the best acting performances of his career. It's a bit of a meaty role for him. I thought he did very well with it. His character is damaged goods. I would have liked to see more desperation coming from him, but he has that unprecedented charisma to even things out. Not many can entertain like he can. Wait until you see the finale that starts at a construction site. Not only is it full of gunfire and mayhem, but Arnold kicks ass with the song "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" Kathryn Harold is solid, if a little underdeveloped. We don't know much about her, other than she has a heart. Her relationship with Arnold wasn't all that convincing. Sam Wanamaker is terrifically smarmy as the villain. Darren McGavin always provides good presence. Davi, Lauter & Shenar add to an overall, great cast. The finale has some decent twists and turns in it as well. The ending is probably the best thing about this movie. I didn't get teary eyed. I was definitely moved by it though. I won't reveal what happens but it will get your emotions running. At least it did with meFinal Thoughts: This is a bit of a misfire for Arnold. It does have some merit. It's far from terrible but it's completely forgettable. I just try to find the positive in things, as well as the negatives. See it for some brainless action, the performances, or if you're a huge fan of Arnold like I am5.4/10

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Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a former FBI agent(who had been fired under dubious circumstances) now small-town sheriff who is contacted by his former FBI boss Harry Shannon(played by "Kolchack: The Night Stalker" veteran Darren McGavin) to help him take down a Chicago mob family, who are responsible for the recent death of his son. Arnold agrees, but this requires him to go undercover in the family, to confirm their responsibility, and gather evidence.A bit better than "Commando", which this film resembles, though it is still very familiar, unconvincing stuff. McGavin in particular is wasted, though he does enliven the scenes he is in. Has a funny action climax involving the song "Satisfaction", but otherwise, strictly routine.

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