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Hanan Peled (screenplay)
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2 July 1987 (West Germany) See more »
An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war. | Add synopsis »
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Christopher Walken ... Don Stevens
Marita Marschall ... Linda Larsen
Hywel Bennett ... Mike Jessop
Arnon Zadok ... Hamdi Abu-Yussuf
Amos Lavi ... Yassin Abu-Riadd
Etti Ankri ... Samira

Martin Umbach ... Bernard

Moshe Ivgy ... Adbul

Sasson Gabai ... Bossam
Shahar Cohen ... Habib

Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Micha
Gabi Shoshan ... Salim

Igal Naor ... Antoine
Jerry Weinstock ... Snyder
Reuven Dayan ... Karim
Nader Masraawi ... Dooud
David Menachem ... Phalangist
Shlomo Tarshish ... Yoram
Moni Moshonov ... Donny

Directed by
Nathaniel Gutman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hanan Peled  screenplay
Hanan Peled  story

Produced by
Michael Sharfstein .... line producer
Barnaby Thompson .... assistant producer
Elisabeth Wolters-Alfs .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Jansen 
Jacques Zwart 
Cinematography by
Thomas Mauch 
Amnon Salomon 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Yoram Barzilai 
Jürgen Henze 
Costume Design by
Rona Doron 
Makeup Department
Matti Halchmi .... makeup artist
Debby Kleider .... assistant makeup artist
Victor Leitenbauer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Andreas Bareiß .... post-production supervisor
David Lipkind .... production manager
Bernie Stampfer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoram Kislev .... second assistant director
Assa Lizka .... third assistant director
Riki Shelach Nissimoff .... first assistant director
Art Department
Judah Akku .... production buyer
Asher Asherov .... production buyer
Itzhak Nuriani .... propsman
Avi Tannenbaum .... property master
David Varod .... set dresser
Issahar Vishnia .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Hartmut Eichgrün .... sound mixer
Detlev Fichtner .... sound recordist
Gunther Friedenberg .... sound assistant
Willi Kluth .... sound effects
Hans-Walter Kramski .... sound effects (as Hans W. Kramski)
Dudu Liss .... sound assistant
Brigitte Platzer .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Yoram Pollack .... special effects coordinator
Alberto Vaknin .... stunt coordinator (as Alberto Vaaknin)
Camera and Electrical Department
Effi Agami .... key grip
Arik Bernstein .... camera operator: second unit
Yoav Damti .... electrician
Rino Di Silvestro .... gaffer
Shai Goldenberg .... grip
Judith Kaufmann .... assistant camera
Yoav Kosh .... assistant camera
Rami Levy .... electrician
Stefan Motzek .... camera operator: second unit
David Namir .... assistant camera (as David 'Dudy' Namir)
Eitan Tzur .... gaffer
Yossi Wein .... cinematographer: second unit
Elan Yaari .... best boy
Joseph Zicherman .... assistant camera
Nickol De-Castro .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shosh Brand .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hadasa Afori .... wardrobe assistant
Dafna Hendli .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Anne Schnee .... assistant editor
Rivka Yogev .... assistant editor
Music Department
Uli Goldhahn .... music producer
Other crew
Itzchak Bareli .... armorer
Ruth Epstein .... dialogue coach
Renée Gundelach .... production financing consultant
Ariana Gutman .... production assistant
Amos Halfon .... production assistant
Dieter Meichsner .... story editor
Kerstin Schwarzburg .... script supervisor
Dudi Shik .... computer supervisor
Nasser Tahrawy .... production assistant
Tivi Zichrony .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Deadline" - Israel (original title)
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100 min
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Did You Know?

This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).See more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Nathaniel Gutman's Deadline. An end to terror by way of fair and balanced journalism, 22 October 2004
Author: Jamal Duval ......... from Los Angeles

It's probably fair to say that who ever reviewed this film in the first place was just being irresponsible. Deadline is in no way shape or form a documentary. If it were, maybe that would have made it a little more interesting.

The basic premise is, Walken, a journalist amidst a war is set up and fed false information. The information then ends up making national headlines. As the result, 'ace reporter" Don Stevens' reputation is on the line. Stationed in Beirut he has only till the end of the movie to save his reputation and present "good" news.

It's kind of confusing, and not much else happens. I found it interesting in that the Palestinians were not portrayed as savage terrorists, like most films from this era but that's about all. Deadline is no "Endless Night" or "Murder Elite" but then again, nothing ever is.

Pair Deadline up with Salvador and you might have a hot double feature, maybe just don't play Salvador first.

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