• Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

Eddie Murphy Raw

Release Date: January 1st, 1987

R |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Recorded in front of a live audience in New York City, this film features actor/comedian Eddie Murphy performing a scathing comedy routine. Eddie's uncle (Samuel L. Jackson) and other family members are lampooned in sketch segments, while Murphy largely sticks to stand-up, riffing on fellow black comedians, marriage and various racial and ethnic stereotypes, among many other topics. The concert is particularly renowned for Murphy's liberal and unrepentant use of expletives.

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Samuel L. Jackson, Deon Richmond

Director: Robert Townsend

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Amusing , Mother , Hilarious , Sister , 1980s , Marriage , Growing up , New York City ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Miami Herald

    Of course, Eddie Murphy is a funny man -- not the kind that throws around a succession of one-liners, but one who proceeds by hovering on themes. And, of course, he scores some points and gets some good laughs here -- and his quota of jeers, too. [24 Dec 1987, p.D7]

  • 63
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Murphy's brand of crude is studied and sleek, all high-polish and sheer calculation. As a performer, he's stylishly smooth; as a comic, that very smoothness is both his greatest strength and his abiding weakness. [22 Dec 1987]

  • 25
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Unlike Richard Pryor, whose rough language adds an important rhythmic punctuation to his monologues, Murphy uses vulgarity to shock and divide his audience. show more

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