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The Deal (2005)

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A political thriller steeped in illegal oil trading, the Russian Mafia, and governmental cover-ups.

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Harvey Kahn

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Ruth Epstein

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Tom Hanson
Selma Blair ... Abbey Gallagher
Robert Loggia ... Jared Tolson
Colm Feore ... Hank Weiss
Angie Harmon ... Anna
John Heard ... Professor Roseman
Kevin Tighe ... John Cortland
Philip Granger ... Jerome Halliday
Françoise Yip ... Janice Long
Jim Thorburn ... Shane Waller
Paul McGillion ... Richard Kester
Christine Lippa Christine Lippa ... Lucy Rahlston
Jennifer Clement ... Sara Kester
Mike Dopud ... Theo Gorbov
Vyacheslav Vinnik Vyacheslav Vinnik ... Nicholai Chernoff (as Viacheslav Vinnik)
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A political thriller steeped in illegal oil trading, the Russian Mafia, and governmental cover-ups.

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The world is at war. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Quotes

[from trailer]
Tom Hanson: You have a great smile.
Abbey Gallagher: The sexual harassment has got to stop.
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Written by Grant Baldwin
Performed by Phontaine
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The Deal is that this movie sucked...
6 September 2005 | by tmutchellSee all my reviews

Slater stars in and co-executive produces this film, which means they got to use both his likeness and his money to try to help this film succeed, and it still flops. The movie is second-rate (or worse) in virtually every respect. With the exceptions of some of the names in the credits, this movie has almost no redeeming qualities, and of course the credits occur right at the beginning of the movie, so it's all down hill from there.

Loggia's a solid character actor, and Slater's decent playing the same character he always plays. Even though he's 36 now, he looks like he should be drinking a Shirley Temple during the bar scenes. Blair is a stone, and an anorexic-looking, awkward stone at that. She has no talent that I can detect, with a delivery that has all the depth and warmth of a petri dish. Think Keanu Reeves, only less attractive and with boobs. Very small boobs. She's also 32, not young enough to play the recent Harvard grad she's supposed to be. Angie Harmon is gorgeous, but unimpressive as an actor, and no one else in the movie gives any sort of memorable performance.

Blair's character's romance with Slater's is completely unbelievable, as there's no chemistry between them, so the audience is left thinking "What did I miss?" when the two of them suddenly start kissing for no apparent reason. Evidently the romantic music playing on the soundtrack while they sat in meetings with clients was supposed to demonstrate the build-up of their amorous feelings. It didn't.

The plot is the one thing this movie should have going for it, given the current state of gas prices and the war in Iraq, but it's such an obvious parallel and so close to home that it's too easy to dismiss, thereby undermining the entire premise of the film. Not that the poor writing, poor direction and poor acting do much to revive it, but this Deal should have died on the table.


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Myriad Pictures | Official site

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Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El acuerdo See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,070
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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