Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

R | 91 mins | Comedy, Performance | 18 December 1987

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writer:

Eddie Murphy

Cinematographer:

Ernest Dickerson

Editor:

Lisa Day

Production Designer:

Wynn P. Thomas

Production Company:

Eddie Murphy Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

In 1986, actor-comedian Eddie Murphy conducted a sixty-city comedy tour across the U.S. The 8 Sep 1986 DV reported that his two shows at the Felt Forum, a 5,500-seat theater within the Madison Square Garden Complex in New York City, were filmed for the comedy concert movie Eddie Murphy Raw. The 30 Oct 1986 DV noted that the project took five weeks to shoot.
       According to promotional materials in AMPAS library files, director Robert Townsend used six cameras to capture the comedian’s act. Four stationary cameras were in the orchestra seats, and two hand-held cameras tracked Murphy’s movements from his limousine to the stage. The cameras had "video taps" that allowed Townsend and director of photography Ernest Dickerson to see in real time what they were capturing on film.
       The 21 Dec 1987 DV reported that producers had to trim several minutes of profanity to secure an R-rating from the MPAA.
       Eddie Murphy Raw opened on 1,391 screens on 18 Dec 1987 and earned $9.1 million over the first weekend, the 30 Dec 1987 HR reported. Expanding to 1,494 screens the following weekend, it took in an additional $8.6 million.
       By early Jan 1988, Paramount Pictures declared Eddie Murphy Raw the "highest grossing concert pic to date," having grossed $35,204,043 in its first twenty-one days, the 11 Jan 1988 DV reported. The previous record holder was 1982’s Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip (see entry), which grossed $35,042,932.
       Violence marred opening night when three theaters in the Los Angeles, CA, area had gang-related problems: The 20 Dec 1987 ... More Less

In 1986, actor-comedian Eddie Murphy conducted a sixty-city comedy tour across the U.S. The 8 Sep 1986 DV reported that his two shows at the Felt Forum, a 5,500-seat theater within the Madison Square Garden Complex in New York City, were filmed for the comedy concert movie Eddie Murphy Raw. The 30 Oct 1986 DV noted that the project took five weeks to shoot.
       According to promotional materials in AMPAS library files, director Robert Townsend used six cameras to capture the comedian’s act. Four stationary cameras were in the orchestra seats, and two hand-held cameras tracked Murphy’s movements from his limousine to the stage. The cameras had "video taps" that allowed Townsend and director of photography Ernest Dickerson to see in real time what they were capturing on film.
       The 21 Dec 1987 DV reported that producers had to trim several minutes of profanity to secure an R-rating from the MPAA.
       Eddie Murphy Raw opened on 1,391 screens on 18 Dec 1987 and earned $9.1 million over the first weekend, the 30 Dec 1987 HR reported. Expanding to 1,494 screens the following weekend, it took in an additional $8.6 million.
       By early Jan 1988, Paramount Pictures declared Eddie Murphy Raw the "highest grossing concert pic to date," having grossed $35,204,043 in its first twenty-one days, the 11 Jan 1988 DV reported. The previous record holder was 1982’s Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip (see entry), which grossed $35,042,932.
       Violence marred opening night when three theaters in the Los Angeles, CA, area had gang-related problems: The 20 Dec 1987 LAT reported that a man was shot and killed at a drive-in theater in Paramount; another man was stabbed after sixty moviegoers began fighting in a Monrovia theater; and 1,500 people were involved in a "post-midnight fracas" outside a Westwood theater, causing it to cancel the 12:30 a.m. screening. One week later, a woman was shot in both legs during a screening in Baltimore, MD, the 29 Dec 1987 LAT reported.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank: Madison Square Garden Center, Inc.; The Weather Girls; Frank Roccio Productions, co-promoter of live concert; Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, Arena Operations, Bob Carney and Mike Graime; Monarch Entertainment Bureau, Inc., John Scher, president, David Marsden, associate producer, Philip Guiliano, production manager; General Camera.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Sep 1986
p. 3.
Daily Variety
30 Oct 1986
p. 13.
Daily Variety
21 Dec 1987
p. 3, 28.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1988
p. 48..
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 1987
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 1987
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 1987.
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LAHExam
20 Dec 1987
Section A, p. 1, 8.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
17 Nov 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Dec 1987
Calendar, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
21 Dec 1987
Calendar, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
29 Dec 1987
Section VI, p. 2.
New York Times
19 Dec 1987
p. 1, 18.
Variety
23 Dec 1987
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
An Eddie Murphy Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Sketch writ by
Sketch writ by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
1st asst photog
2d assst photog
2d asst photog
2d asst photog
2d asst photog
Still photog
Still photog
1st company grip
Chief lighting tech
Concert lighting by, Pieces of My Mind crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set dresser
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Mr. Murphy's ward
Ward supv
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
24 track remote rec
SMPTE sync & time code
SMPTE sync & time code asst
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Concert sd by, Pieces of My Mind crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & optical eff by
Title des
MAKEUP
Make-up artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod office coord (LA)
Prod office corod (NY)
Prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
Asst to Mr. Townsend and Mr. Wayans
Asst to Robert D. Wachs and Eddie Murphy Productio
Asst to Robert D. Wachs and Eddie Murphy Productio
Transportation capt
Security coord
Eddie Murphy's personal asst
Power forward
Power forward
Power forward
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Tour mgr, Pieces of My Mind crew
Prod coord, Pieces of My Mind crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“Raw,” written by Eddie Murphy, David Allen Jones & Rod Antoon, produced by Eddie Murphy & David Allen Jones
“Kick the Kan,” written & produced by David Allen Jones
“Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent,” by Gwen Guthrie
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SONGS
“Raw,” written by Eddie Murphy, David Allen Jones & Rod Antoon, produced by Eddie Murphy & David Allen Jones
“Kick the Kan,” written & produced by David Allen Jones
“Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent,” by Gwen Guthrie
“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” by Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield, performed by The Temptations, produced by Norman Whitfield, courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
“Could You Be Loved,” by Bob Marley
“I Shot The Sheriff,” by Bob Marley
“It’s My House,” by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
“Nothing From Nothing,” by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher
“Respect,” by Otis Redding
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper
“Slinky ® Jingle,” by Homer Fesperman & Charles Weagley
“What Have You Done For Me Lately,” by James Harris III, Terry Lewis & Janet Jackson
“Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” by Frankie Lyman & Morris Levy.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Raw
Release Date:
18 December 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 December 1987
Production Date:
1986
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
17 December 1987
Copyright Number:
PA359171
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Color by Technicolor®
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,126
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28464
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Even as a child, Eddie Murphy is a born comedian. On Thanksgiving 1968, he entertains his relatives with raunchy jokes. Nineteen years later, Eddie is known worldwide as a movie star and comedian. At a 1987 comedy show performed at the Felt Forum in New York City, Eddie entertains a capacity crowd with jokes. He reports that actor Mr. T. took offense at some of his raunchy humor, as did singer Michael Jackson. He especially offends the homosexual (gay) community, claims he avoids San Francisco, California, because it has such a large gay population, and speculates what it would be like if gay police officers in San Francisco stopped him. Eddie recalls comedian Bill Cosby telephoning him to complain that his comedy shows have too much profanity, so he consulted with comedian Richard Pryor about the limits of stand-up humor. Eddie discusses talk show host Johnny Carson’s divorce settlement, in which he had to give his ex-wife half of his money. He believes in the importance of prenuptial agreements, and scorns men who become henpecked by girl friends even before marriage. Eddie believes he does not own a single woman, even if they are having sex regularly, because her private parts are “on lease with an option to buy.” Eddie laments that women know how to cater to a man’s ego and know when to withhold sex to get what they want. However, women enjoy sex every bit as much as men do. He discusses the difference between having sex and making love, as well as the vagaries of male-female relationships. He muses that women pretend to be shy on early dates in order to catch a man off-guard. ... +


Even as a child, Eddie Murphy is a born comedian. On Thanksgiving 1968, he entertains his relatives with raunchy jokes. Nineteen years later, Eddie is known worldwide as a movie star and comedian. At a 1987 comedy show performed at the Felt Forum in New York City, Eddie entertains a capacity crowd with jokes. He reports that actor Mr. T. took offense at some of his raunchy humor, as did singer Michael Jackson. He especially offends the homosexual (gay) community, claims he avoids San Francisco, California, because it has such a large gay population, and speculates what it would be like if gay police officers in San Francisco stopped him. Eddie recalls comedian Bill Cosby telephoning him to complain that his comedy shows have too much profanity, so he consulted with comedian Richard Pryor about the limits of stand-up humor. Eddie discusses talk show host Johnny Carson’s divorce settlement, in which he had to give his ex-wife half of his money. He believes in the importance of prenuptial agreements, and scorns men who become henpecked by girl friends even before marriage. Eddie believes he does not own a single woman, even if they are having sex regularly, because her private parts are “on lease with an option to buy.” Eddie laments that women know how to cater to a man’s ego and know when to withhold sex to get what they want. However, women enjoy sex every bit as much as men do. He discusses the difference between having sex and making love, as well as the vagaries of male-female relationships. He muses that women pretend to be shy on early dates in order to catch a man off-guard. Eddie recalls his mother cooking hamburgers at home rather than taking her children to McDonald’s, and laughs about going to a disco catering to white people, who are too often terrible dancers. After discussing black-white race relations at length, Eddie credits his drunken father’s stern rules for helping him grow up. +

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