Raw Deal

Nobody gives him a Raw Deal
Nobody gives him a Raw Deal
D: John Irvin
20th Century Fox/DeLaurentiis (Martha Schumacher)
US 1986
106 mins


W: Gary M. DeVore & Norman Wexler
DP: Alex Thomson
Ed: Anne V. Coates
Mus: Tom Bähler, Chris Boardman & Albhy Galuten

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mark Kaminsky / Joseph P. Brenner), Kathryn Harrold (Monique), Sam Wanamaker (Luigi Patrovita), Paul Shenar (Paulo Rocca)

The mid 1980's saw Arnold Schwarzenegger in his element. Films like The Terminator, Predator and The Running Man appeasing both his fans, and to a lesser degree, the critics.
Raw Deal is one of the films which did neither and perhaps wouldn't have been noticed at all had the action star not had A-list status at the time of it's release.
Arnie plays an ex-CIA agent turned small town sheriff who is recruited to infiltrate the Chicago mob and later takes revenge when the chief's son is murdered by them.
It's standard action hokum with a brainless script and a handful of action set pieces to occasionally engage.
The whole film is practically encapsulated with the promotional trailer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Raw Deal
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Raw Deal