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Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

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Robert Townsend

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Eddie Murphy (stand-up material), Eddie Murphy (opening sketch) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Himself
Tatyana Ali ... Singing Child (sketch)
Billie Allen Billie Allen ... Eddie's Aunt (sketch)
Clebert Ford Clebert Ford ... Uncle Lester (sketch)
Geri Gibson Geri Gibson ... Card Player #2 (sketch)
Birdie M. Hale Birdie M. Hale ... Aunt Rose (sketch)
Tiger Haynes Tiger Haynes ... Card Player #3 (sketch)
Leonard Jackson ... Uncle Gus (sketch)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Eddie's Uncle (sketch)
Jody Jones Jody Jones ... Eddie's Cousin (sketch)
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Eddie's Aunt (sketch)
Gwen McGee ... Eddie's Mother (sketch)
Lex Monson Lex Monson ... Card Player #4 (sketch)
Warren Morris Warren Morris ... Poetry Reader (sketch)
Deon Richmond ... Little Eddie (sketch)
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Storyline

After achieving fame with Saturday Night Live and Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy released a film version of one of his live stand-up performances. He mainly focuses on the topics of divorce and relations between the sexes, but also goes into some of the problems he's encountered because of fame, including offended listeners and fans who continually greet him with his unprintable catch phrases. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,077,324, 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$50,504,655
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally rated X by the MPAA. It was re-edited many times so the MPAA would give it an R rating. See more »

Goofs

When Murphy does his bit about Johnny Carson's divorce settlement with third wife Joanna Holland, he states that they were married for ten years. It was actually thirteen. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Murphy: The brothers went to court and got educated on the judge. All of a sudden, it was like, "Can you state your case?"
[gangsta voice]
Eddie Murphy: "Uh, yes, Your Honor. On the evening in question, per se, Your Honor... yo, check it out, Your Honor. I was just out the disco, right? Coolin', right? I went in with my girl, right, and my girl starts illin', says "There go Eddie Murphy." Started actin' all tipsy and shit. I said, "Where, where?" She go, "Over there." I say, "Fuck that big-nosed motherfucker!" I make...
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a '18' rating. All cuts were waived in 1988 when the film was granted a '18' certificate for home video. See more »

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Raw to the bone
10 June 2011 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Many comics, like Jim Carrey, and Robin Williams, reach a certain age where they stop doing what they are good at and go into family movies. Jim Carrey was funny on In Living Color and Robin Williams has a certain magic with drama films, but now they continue to submerse themselves in the lowest common form of comedy. Cheap bathroom humor and little kid comedies that are in no way funny, nor clever. Eddie Murphy is no exception now doing such things as Daddy Day Care, Imagine That (remember that?), and those countless Shrek films.

But, with Eddie Murphy Raw, this was shot in 1987, when Murphy was a very vulgar and hilarious comedian. Eddie Murphy doesn't do anything like Delirious and Raw anymore, or does any sort of stand up comedy at all. These are two little pieces of his history that are now overshadowed by his lame kiddy comedies.

Eddie Murphy Raw is a ninety minute comedy special of him performing at Madison Square Garden in NY's Felt Forum. The comic discusses sex, women, actors, why whites can't dance (coming from a white man, so true), why Italians are motivated by Rocky, divorce, and just the topic of life itself. He gives his realism approach to everything, and even shows sympathy for Johnny Carson losing half of his money to his wife after their divorce.

The language in the film is absolutely filthy and the women dialog is incredibly misogynistic and degrading. But it's hilarious and has its own truth behind it. I'm sure Eddie cares about women, but some of the things he says about divorce is relatively, right on the money.

By the end of the special, it goes a tiny bit downhill which is exceptional because most of the beginning was hilarious and very funny. Raw is the sequel to Delirious, which is one I will be sure to see in the future. Going into this with only average expectations I came out very surprised at what I just saw. I almost had to sit down and have a long talk with myself about right and wrong. It's that good.

Starring: Eddie Murphy. Directed by: Robert Townsend.


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