Eddie Murphy: Raw

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Filmed in front of a packed New York City crowd, the concert film Eddie Murphy: Raw presents the comedian near the height of his popularity performing his standup material. The energetic and often extremely raunchy set begins with a series of impressions, most involving some celebrity becoming upset at Murphy for unflattering jokes: a squeaky-voiced Michael Jackson threatens to pummel Murphy into the ground; an enraged Mr. T is confused by Murphy's verbal sleight of hand; and even paragon of calm Bill Cosby loses...
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Filmed in front of a packed New York City crowd, the concert film Eddie Murphy: Raw presents the comedian near the height of his popularity performing his standup material. The energetic and often extremely raunchy set begins with a series of impressions, most involving some celebrity becoming upset at Murphy for unflattering jokes: a squeaky-voiced Michael Jackson threatens to pummel Murphy into the ground; an enraged Mr. T is confused by Murphy's verbal sleight of hand; and even paragon of calm Bill Cosby loses his cool while chastising the comic for his dirty mouth. After some digressions finding humor in racial differences and other matters, Murphy proceeds into the centerpiece of his act, a series of routines about contemporary relationships between men and women, including an extended bit about what life would be like were he to become married -- jokes that some have criticized as heavily misogynist. Finally, Murphy concludes his set with an extended, comedic but sympathetic, reminiscence about his childhood and family life, a tone that matches that of the film's prologue -- a fictional re-creation of Murphy, in his childhood, entertaining a family gathering with what turns out to be an inappropriately off-color joke.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Long before he became a fixture in kiddy-friendly blockbusters and endless sequels, Saturday Night Live alum Eddie Murphy was simply a comedian. This 1987 concert film, shot at New York City's Felt Forum, captures Murphy at the apex of his fame -- and, coincidentally, of his powers as a standup comedian. Of course, he hasn't exactly been touring the comedy clubs since. Already several years into what was then a consistently successful Hollywood career, Murphy plays the superstar exceptionally well. Clad in purple leather and playing to an adoring crowd, he spends much of Raw riffing about his recent arrival on the A-list. His routine about getting dogged out by Bill Cosby and grousing about it with Richard Pryor may seem designed to broadcast Murphy's place in the pantheon of great black comedians. But it's also side-splittingly funny, as are many of the profane routines that follow. At the time of Raw's release, many hands were wrung in the analysis of Murphy's material as inherently racist, homophobic, and sexist. It's up to the viewer to decide whether those charges are true, especially in light of the generations of standups who have followed. Anyway, the litmus test of a concert film isn't its political correctness, but rather its effectiveness. Raw is, above all, a supremely effective standup concert. Between the button-pushing, the scatological humor, and the Hollywood send-ups, Murphy touches on all of his typical themes. But his gentler routines about middle-class family life are just as amusing. They also help round out the reputation of an artist too often dismissed for the commercial concessions of his later career. Eddie Murphy the movie star may have sold out and never looked back, but Eddie Murphy the comedian went out on top.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • UPC: 097361383743
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tatyana Ali Singing Child
Pat Golden
Samuel L. Jackson
Eddie Murphy Himself
Technical Credits
Robert Townsend Director, Screenwriter
Jeffrey Chernov Co-producer
Lisa Day Editor
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Pat Golden Casting
Frank Graziadei Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Murphy Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Richard Tienken Executive Producer
Robert D. Wachs Producer
Keenen Ivory Wayans Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Raw
1. Boys' Got Talent [6:42]
2. Can't Go Nowhere [5:45]
3. Filth Flarn Filth [7:49]
4. 150 Million Dollars [8:03]
5. No Romance Without Finance [7:03]
6. It's a Trap [6:55]
7. No Loyal Men [7:21]
8. I Make Love to You [7:40]
9. My Kinda Woman [7:16]
10. Just Saw Rocky? [5:55]
11. 'Ain't No Fighter [6:25]
12. This is My House [13:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Raw
   Play
   Set Up
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUST SEE!

    When I think of Eddie Murphey, I think of such titles as Coming to America and Nutty Proffesor. For the most part, his more recent titles are somewhat family orientated. So when I saw Raw many years after it's release I nearly choked up with what I saw. Eddie Murphey in his crazy purple suit, Insane profanity and innuendo. It was a completely different side of him and I LOVE IT!!! This movie is everything a standup should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will tear your stitches out

    Best live comedy I've ever seen. If you like to laugh your face off I highly recommend this.Very original, he's a great impressionist.He does the honeymooners,flintstones and many others.Not for childen,grannies or close minded people ( and you know who are ha! ha! ).

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    Posted November 30, 2009

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