“…Adds dramatic tension to its imagery of foggy back roads and burning hotels to become a minor noir masterpiece.” - Onion A/V Club
All Joe Sullivan wants is "a breath of fresh air." But when you're serving time in stir for robbery, fresh air is a rare commodity. That's about to change though as mob boss Rick Coyle has greased the skids inside the prison walls, so Joe can make it outside where girlfriend Pat will be waiting. But things don't exactly go as planned for the duo as car trouble forces them to get help from the only person nearby -- strait-laced legal assistant Ann Martin, whom they kidnap and use to evade capture, unlocking an unexpected love triangle while dodging bullets from both sides of the law.
RAW DEAL presents the moviemaking team of director Anthony Mann and cinematographer John Alton at the peak of their artistry and success (fresh off their box office smash T-MEN), offering dark, moody atmosphere filled with fog-shrouded landscapes and characters who are no strangers to the "left-handed endeavor" of crime. It’s a taut, suspenseful tale of one man’s desperate bid for freedom and the two women who love him. Dennis O'Keefe, star of the earlier T-MEN, contributes a first-rate performance as the determined Joe, with Marsha Hunt (PRIDE & PREJUDICE) as Ann and Oscar-winning actress Claire Trevor (KEY LARGO) as the fiercely loyal Pat. The film also features a suitably slimy Raymond Burr as Rick, John Ireland as Burr's sadistic henchman Fantail, and classic Hollywood character actors Regis Toomey and Whit Bissell. Film noir at its finest!