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The Deal (2008)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Steven Schachter

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

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 Rees-Davies Natasha Rees-Davies ... Maya
Aiden Lithgow Aiden Lithgow ... Skip Miller (as Aidan Lithgow)
Kate Blumberg ... Linda
Tere Morris ... Catherine Oxenmoor
Sean Higgs Sean Higgs ... Hans Bleimer (as Sean Aidan Higgs)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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

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English | Hebrew | Czech

Release Date:

20 November 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

El acuerdo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Compulsion (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Written by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford)
Performed by Fish Fry Music
Published by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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Expected little and was pleased
12 May 2011 | by chf_2258See all my reviews

No, this movie was not vying for any major awards or trying to teach lessons about humanity. But if you want to get a mostly entertaining/mocking look at the making of a movie and the people involved you could do worse. Macy didn't quite pull off his witty, wise, and blithe (?) character but he is still fun. The rest of the cast hold their own as well(I've never seen much of LL but he was good). Along with the over-the-top characters(Soapdish comes to mind) you may enjoy the not so mainstream humor. I did and I'm sure I may have missed some of the jokes. So for a movie that I happened upon while surfing I was satisfied.


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