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A Deal Is a Deal (2008)

Three and Out (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 April 2008 (UK)
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A comedy about ordinary people with unique dilemmas. How far will they go? Will the cocktail of desperation, friendship, loneliness, love and even a brush with cannibalism derail their intent?
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Complete credited cast:
Mackenzie Crook ... Paul Callow
Colm Meaney ... Tommy Cassidy
Sharon Duncan-Brewster ... Yvonne
Imelda Staunton ... Rosemary Cassidy
Antony Sher ... Maurice (as Sir Antony Sher)
Gary Lewis ... Callaghan
Annette Badland ... Maureen
Dean Kelly Dean Kelly ... Duty Constable
Frank Dunne Frank Dunne ... Danny Fitzpatrick
Kerry Katona ... Mary Loughlin
Steve Money Steve Money ... Muscles
Rhashan Stone ... Ash
Gemma Arterton ... Frankie Cassidy
Mark Benton ... Vic
Rob Witcomb Rob Witcomb ... Gary
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Storyline

Paul is a London tube driver with dreams of a cottage in a bee-loud glade. He's told that if his train strikes and kills one more person this month, he'll get a large severance, enough for the cottage. So he offers £1500 to Tommy Cassidy, a down-and-out Irishman, if Tommy will walk in front of Paul's train come Monday. He gives Tommy the cash on Friday. Wanting to ensure that Tommy honors the deal, Paul accompanies a cleaned-up Tommy on his trip (in a new suit and a hired car) to make things right with family he hasn't seen in eight years. Can Tommy, an inveterate gambler, make anything come out right? And what about Paul - can this suicide pact fulfill his dreams? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

A comedy about how far you would go to change your life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The poem Tommy recites as the train is approaching is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W.B. Yeats See more »

Goofs

In the scene in Paul's apartment after he and Tommy have come back from the Lake District, you can clearly see a camera man in the mirror. See more »

Crazy Credits

Clips from the film are shown during the ending, ending on Paul Callow thanking Frankie. See more »

Connections

References Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

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I Wish I Was Someone Better
Written by Laura-Mary Carter & Steven Ansell
Published by copyright control
Performed by Blood Red Shoes
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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Poignant drama
13 November 2008 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

I saw this not knowing what to expect, and I'm glad that I didn't expect loads of laughs. I suppose it is a dark comedy if anything, but it delivered something much more meaningful, and I was hooked in immediately to the human drama that enfolded. I really wanted to know what happened to the characters, all of whom seemed 3-dimensional, and I cared about their fates. The performances were excellent, especially Colm Meaney as Tommy and Mackenzie Crook as Paul, but Imelda Staunton was wonderful as always. I wanted to see whether the characters would go through with their intentions, because several outcomes seemed possible, and the plot kept me guessing. The ending was emotional and in a strange way very satisfying, and not unrealistically optimistic either. If you are going to deal with the subject of suicide, this is a very effective and thought-provoking film and succeeds on several levels. It deserves a higher rating than it has so far.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deal Is a Deal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$607,324
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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