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Deadline (2012)

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The murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama has gone unpunished, unsolved and uninvestigated for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper... See full summary »


Curt Hahn


Mark Ethridge (novel)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Talley ... Matt Harper
Eric Roberts ... Ronnie Bullock
Anna Felix Anna Felix ... Delana Calhoun
Lauren Jenkins ... Trey Hall
Jackie Welch ... Mary Pell Sampson
Jeremy Childs ... Walker Burns
JD Souther ... Lucas Harper (as J.D. Souther)
Darryl Van Leer ... Reverend Young
Tommy Cresswell ... Judge Buchanan
David Dwyer David Dwyer ... Everett Hall
Clay Brocker ... Billy 'Possum' Baker
Joe Blankenship ... Olen Perringer Jr.
Maisha Dyson ... Vanessa Brown
Larry Woods Larry Woods ... Max McCallum
David Ditmore ... Warren Baxter


The murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama has gone unpunished, unsolved and uninvestigated for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic blue blood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancee and his father's cancer diagnosis. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption - for a small Southern town and for Matt Harper. Written by Mark Ethridge

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Uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished. Until now.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material


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Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Deadline is dead
24 July 2012 | by anon-36-968720See all my reviews

Yup it is pretty bad and its hard to figure how who is mostly at fault .. but I'm going to say the direction caused a lot of that stilted acting. We go from one scene to the next of conversation .. two people or three, standing or sitting, and giving either expositional dialogue ad infinitum, or right on the nose dialogue, which is just as boring. So, the accomplice to the murder of this film would go to the writer.

And if wouldn't it be great if actors, having been given such an awful script and such plodding direction, could at least try to find some way to work against the predictable and the stereotypical. If you can't, then try to find some charm in your character, something we'd like, or identify with.

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