General Information

Glossary: E
Released Year: 1987
Runtime: 90 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Directors: Robert Townsend
Writers: Eddie Murphy
Casts: Eddie Murphy, Barbara Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Tatyana Ali, Birdie M. Hale, Leonard Jackson, Billie Allen, Eyde Byrde, Clebert Ford, Jody Jones, J. D. Hall, James Brown III, Michelle Davison, Geri Gibson, Tiger Haynes
IMDB: Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987) - IMDB

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User Rating:
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IMDB Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A


Washington Post -
On the big screen, and particularly in the close-ups, it's not hard to see why Murphy's the current box office champ. He may have an adult's vocabulary, but he's still got a kid's frenetic energy and a wildly elastic face that demands both laughter and attention. His material, which trades on racial and sexual stereotypes even as it skewers them, may be offensive to some, but for others he remains a hell of a good yuck.
Entertainment Weekly - Scott Brown
Watching his deft, effortless character work chafe against the outermost boundaries of the stand-up format, you sense the transgressive energy of Richard Pryor filtered through leading-man charisma — albeit tinged with hostile paranoia.
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
This feature-length concert film is hilarious, putting Mr. Murphy on a par with Mr. Pryor at his best.
Los Angeles Times - Michael Wilmington
Most of the jokes in Eddie Murphy Raw are the kind you regale buddies with to show off. Anyone as good as Eddie Murphy should have outgrown that years ago.

Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

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.