Raw Deal

Raw Deal

DVD - 2002
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Trapped within the walls of a state penitentiary, Joe Sullivan lives for the chance to avenge himself upon the man who helped put him there: Rick Coyle, a pyromaniac mob boss with a taste for party-girl flambé. Rick helps spring Joe from prison in hopes that the police will gun him down during the escape, but he grossly underestimates Joe's resourcefulness. With the assistance of a world-weary moll and an innocent girl, Joe dodges roadblocks, hitmen and dragnets and carves a bloody path back to his betrayer.
Publisher: [Tulsa, Okla.] : VCI Entertainment, [2002]
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Anthony Mann's Raw deal

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NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Its low-budget, cult nature seems to preclude it from being mentioned in the same collective breath as such widely-acknowledged Film Noir masterworks as Laura and Touch of Evil, but Raw Deal is definitely one of the greats. A harrowing, fatalistic collage of Film Noir archetypes and Anthony Mann's unique brand of sadism and existentialism, all framed by some of best damn Film Noir visuals ever caught on camera.

btmslt Jun 08, 2013

A nice crime drama.

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Janice21383
Mar 15, 2012

A noir couple -- um, make that a noir triangle goes on the lam. No prizes for guessing all does not end well. Virtually everyone gets shot, slapped, beat up or set on fire, at least once. Starring my avatar Claire Trevor.

voisjoe1 Feb 15, 2012

Dennis O'Keefe plays Joe Sullivan, cynical bad guy on the run from the police and worse guys Raymond Burr and John Ireland. Joe is loved by Claire Trevor, but I am not sure Joe knows or remembers what love is. Lots of cool camera angles and shadows by the great director Anthony Mann who later went on to make great westerns with James Stewart during his cynical western phase. Great pacing, suspense, and character development for a grade B film noir.

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Janice21383
Mar 15, 2012

Keep an eye on Mis Law & Order, here. She might go soprano on us.

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Janice21383
Mar 15, 2012

She: If I had a gun, I'd stop you.
He: You don't need a gun, baby.

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Janice21383
Mar 15, 2012

He: You look great.
She: Tell me later...with gestures.

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