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The Deal -- A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. Production is halted however, when the lead actor is kidnapped from the European set, so the producer hatches a scheme with a struggling creative executive to save the star and the movie.
The Deal -- A failing Hollywood producer tries to con a studio into financing his film in this comedy


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Writers (WGA):
William H. Macy (screenplay) &
Steven Schachter (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 November 2008 (Russia) See more »
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William H. Macy ... Charlie Berns

Meg Ryan ... Deidre Hearn

LL Cool J ... Bobby Mason

Elliott Gould ... Rabbi Seth Gutterman

Jason Ritter ... Lionel Travitz

Fiona Glascott ... Fiona Hicks
Sharon Raginiano ... Levi Rosenwald (as Sharon Reginiano)
John Carson ... Nigel Bland

David Hunt ... Grier Clark

Jeremy Crutchley ... Ian Chadwick
Natasha Rees-Davies ... Maya
Aiden Lithgow ... Skip Miller (as Aidan Lithgow)

Kate Blumberg ... Linda

Tere Morris ... Catherine Oxenmoor
Sean Higgs ... Hans Bleimer (as Sean Aidan Higgs)

Adrian Galley ... Andrei
Nina Shepherd ... Melanie Lewis

Jeanne Neilson ... Claire Johnson

Todd Weeks ... Brad Emprin
George Jackos ... Howard Draper
Neil McCarthy ... Glenn
Jose Domingos ... Mark Rovner (as José Domingos)

Kenneth Fok ... Wing

Brett Granstaff ... Peter the Writer
Fred Abrahamse ... Colin

Darron Meyer ... KGM Agent
Jaymie Carter ... KGM Agent
Shawn Tanaka ... Brad's Assistant
Anton Voster ... Deidre's Limo Driver
Bernard Fisher ... Airport Cop
Nicola Jackman ... Entertainment Reporter (as Nikki Jackman)
Christine Adzich ... Entertainment Reporter
Jean Wingis ... Premiere Handler
Olivia Blumberg ... Girl with Camera
Keren Setton ... Girl with Camera
Vuyisile Pandle ... Driver
Thomas Gumede ... George
George Worthmore ... Danny Turner

Natalie Becker ... Gabriella
Sydney Hall ... Bobby's Assistant

Christopher Clark Gates ... American Ambassador
Leslie Mongezi ... Embassy Assistant
Tyrel Meyer ... Fiona 'Stunt' Double
John Van Zyl ... Bobby's Trainer

Tyrone Keogh ... Bagel PA
Sue Lloyd-Roberts ... TV Reporter (as Susan Lloyd-Roberts)
Mmatjatji Ramaphala ... Camera Assistant
Mudi Mudau ... South African Airways Rep
Nik Rabinowitz ... Lead Carpenter
Matthew Dylan Roberts ... Vladimir
Julia Anastasopoulos ... Camera Assistant
Peter Vavruch ... AD
William Richard Nasson ... House Speaker
Dawie Ackermann ... Man on Plane

Directed by
Steven Schachter 
Writing credits
William H. Macy (screenplay) &
Steven Schachter (screenplay)

Peter Lefcourt (novel)

Produced by
Christine Adzich .... associate producer
Jason Berk .... executive producer
Patricia Cox .... associate producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... supervising producer: South Africa
Gary Howsam .... executive producer
Jody Kielbasa .... co-producer
Matt Lane .... executive producer
Irene Litinsky .... producer
Keri Nakamoto .... producer
Betty Palik .... behind the scenes producer
Gerd Petrik .... associate producer
Michael Prupas .... producer
Mary Solomon .... associate producer
Lewin Webb .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
Film Editing by
Matt Friedman 
Susan Maggi 
Casting by
Susan Edelman 
Ana Feyder  (as Anna Feyder)
Daniel Hubbard 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Guy Lalande 
Art Direction by
Birrie le Roux 
Set Decoration by
Emilia Roux 
Costume Design by
Diana Cilliers  (as Dianna Cilliers)
Makeup Department
Talia Barak .... makeup artist
Tina Earnshaw .... makeup artist: Ms. Ryan
Maria Gouveia .... hair stylist
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Ms. Ryan
Megan Tanner .... makeup department head (as Meg Tanner)
Leon von Solms .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Sandrine Gros d'Aillon .... supervising production manager
Blessing Gurure .... unit manager
Thérèsa Ryan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon-Luke Lourens .... second assistant director
Shamiel Soni .... third assistant director
Christo van Schalkwyk .... assistant director: splinter unit
Michael A. Williams .... first assistant director (as Michael Williams)
Art Department
Lucille Doman .... graphic designer
Storm Dyssell .... standby props
Brian Glaser .... assistant construction manager
Etienne Harris .... scenic foreman
Nathan Victor Honey .... scenic
Patrick O'Connor .... set designer
Steven Saunders .... sculptor/fabricator
Gary Smith .... property master
Brendan Smithers .... construction coordinator
Lisa Van Der Merwe .... art department coordinator
Mark Walker .... set dressing leadman
Sound Department
Mitch Clyman .... adr recordist: Jerusalem
Benoit Coallier .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Donald .... supervising dialogue editor
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Philippe Espantoso .... sound re-recording mixer
David Gertsman .... sound editor
Steven Gurman .... supervising sound editor
Nick Kray .... adr recordist
Peter Lopata .... sound effects editor
Bruce Nyznik .... adr stage supervisor
Carlos Sotolongo .... adr mixer
Special Effects by
Kevin Bitters .... special effects
Max Poolman .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Eve Brunet .... visual effects producer
Daniel Gaudreau .... digital compositor
Hugo Léveillé .... digital compositor: Vision Globale
Frederic Milot .... digital compositor
Benoit Touchette .... visual effects production manager
Francois Grobbelaar .... stunt performer
Leander Lacey .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Leander Lacy)
Anthony Mo Marais .... stunt coordinator
Vernon Willemse .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... director of photography: second unit
Trevor Michael Brown .... a camera operator
Lesley Manuel .... electrician
Guy Micheletti .... key grip
Wayne Shields .... gaffer (2006)
Charlie Sperring .... stills photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacomina Jankowitz .... costume stand-by
Michelle Karavoussanos .... head costume buyer
Tyron Matthee .... key costume breakdown and dyer
Rita Rago .... wardrobe: Ms. Ryan
Leonie Roberts .... costume supervisor
Mandy Smit .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Mathieu Berube .... assistant editor
Marie-Hélène Bourget .... digital intermediate technician
Robert Doyle .... first assistant editor
Richard Glazerman .... additional editor
Elissa Lewis .... post-production coordinator
Arthur Montreuil .... film timer
Julien Tremblay .... digital intermediate technician
Evan Tussman .... director of post-production
Music Department
Murray Anderson .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Florian Stiege .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Natasha Arora .... assistant: Mr. Prupas
Loïc Bernard .... assistant to the producer: Irene Litinsky
Dale Blumberg-Booth .... stand-in
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Joanne Goldstone .... production accountant
Nadia Hammadi .... assistant: Mr. Prupas
Jocelyn Hayes .... assistant: Mr. Macy
Alexander Sandy Jesion .... chief financial officer
Nutan Khanna .... clearance/product placement coordinator
Jozua Malherbe .... assistant: Mr. Schachter
Jason Martin .... marine supervisor
Sean Cameron Michael .... photo double & stand in for William H. Macy
Jill O'Hagan .... assistant: Ms. Ryan
Lance Peters .... key armorer
Sheena Peters .... assistant armourer
Donovan Roberts-Baxter .... production coordinator
Heather Santoro .... assistant: Ms. Ryan
Marvin Saven .... legal and financial director
Alton Stoffels .... set medical technician
Shawn Tanaka .... assistant: Mr. Macy
Nigel Tompkins .... assistant: Mr. Schachter
Nigel Tompkins .... director assistant
J.D. van Brakel .... production assistant
Regard Voges .... assistant: Ms. Litinsky
Laura Wilcox .... construction coordinator
Annie Jeeves .... publicist (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexual content and language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In addition to playing the role of Charlie Berns in the film, William H. Macy also reads the audio book upon which the film is based.See more »
Continuity: When Deidre and Charlie start arguing in the Czech studio, Lionel and the girl get up and leave - twice.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Compulsion (2013/I)See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Deal is the Real Deal, 6 February 2009
Author: jlck-1 from United States

This star-studed film from Steven Schachter (director of the Emmy award winning TV film Door to Door) is an interesting film with a diverse combination of comedy and action. The Deal features many well known actors including William H Macy (Fargo), Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally), LL Cool J (Last Holiday), and Jason Ritter (TV's Joan of Arcadia). This film is a new inside look on the Hollywood scene and should not be missed. I've always been a fan on films about Hollywood and this is one of the more interesting takes on that. I'm also a fan of the every day man acting in William H Macy's. I know he put a lot of work into getting this film out, which wasn't released in theaters. It's now available on DVD so I recommend checking it out.

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