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The Deal (2008)

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A Hollywood producer starts with his nephew's script on Disraeli, Jewish PM in 1800s UK, and ends filming in Cape Town with a black action star. Will a movie be made? Will he score Deidre/Meg Ryan?


Steven Schachter


William H. Macy (screenplay), Steven Schachter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Nova Natasha Nova ... Maya (as Natasha Rees-Davies)
Aiden Lithgow Aiden Lithgow ... Skip Miller (as Aidan Lithgow)
Kate Blumberg ... Linda
Tere Morris ... Catherine Oxenmoor
Sean Higgs ... Hans Bleimer (as Sean Aidan Higgs)


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, so the producer hatches a scheme with a struggling creative executive to save the star and the movie. Written by IMDb editor

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Cut To The Scam.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


When Meg Ryan's character is looking up the information on what William H. Macy's character had done recently, she uses IMDb. See more »


When Deidre and Charlie start arguing in the Czech studio, Lionel and the girl get up and leave - twice. See more »


References The Player (1992) See more »


Una Furtiva Lagrima
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Sipho Fubesi
Courtesy of Milestone Studios, Cape Town
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9 June 2009 | by ichocolatSee all my reviews

It would have been nice if there are other users who commented before me, so that I can just copy paste their comments and edit it, rather than having to write it myself. Haha Kidding, it would not be nice to read comments that you know you've read it somewhere else, makes it like something kinda like deja vu, no ? My point exactly. This film is original, and a refreshing watch, after being fed by the many films Hollywood churned out that more or less have the same storyline. This film is original, one has to watch it to the end (without pressing fast forward button, I might add) and felt good that the ending is good.

I enjoyed the film very much, and even though it's not Oscar material, it's undeniably a good film. While I expect there are trolls lurking in the Internet, ready to discredit whatever good comments one make, I do not mind the least bit.

Recommended watch, especially to those who want storyline that is different than the usual ones they usually watch on their telly.

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