Dishonoured and forcibly retired from the FBI on grounds of excessive brutality, the former agent Mark Kaminsky, is now reduced to a small-town Sheriff. However, when Chief Harry Shannon, an old friend from the bureau whose son was murdered by the mob, turns to Mark for help, the tough Sheriff who is always ready for action, will see this offer as a chance to his reinstatement. In this deadly and unofficial assignment, Mark has to infiltrate Luigi Patrovita's powerful mob family to tear it apart, while forcing his way through the crime organisation as the mysterious Joseph P. Brenner. Now, he has to stay away from the law without blowing his cover, but is it wise to give Mark a raw deal? Written by
During production and filming the movie was to be called "Triple Identity" - a reference to the fact that the Schwarzenegger character goes from being an FBI Agent (1), to a local cop (2) and then to undercover operative (3). Several scripts exist for the film with the title on the front page. "Raw Deal" was chosen to make the film sound more like a regular action movie. See more »
The cassette Kaminsky inserts into the tape player before the Gravel Pit gun battle is The Crusaders' "Street Life"; the music played is the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction". See more »
I own this movie. Well, I own most of Arnold's movies. But I've only watched this one 3 or 4 times over the last decade. It's not a great movie although I think I enjoy it a little bit more with each viewing. The flick does have its moments. I like the interplay between Max and Brenner. And Arnold plays a very cool Mafia-like guy. The ending -- if you could even call it that -- is terrible. Did the script say, "Insert ending here"? Nevertheless, I liked the action even if it was corny at times. And the style of the movie grows on you with each viewing. I give it a 6/10 for been slightly more enjoyable than average.
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