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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

Writer:

Ruth Epstein

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Cast

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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Taglines:

The stakes don't get any higher. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Myriad Pictures | Official site

Country:

Canada | USA

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Tom Hanson: They don't care where they get their oil, as long as they get it.
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Connections

References Wall Street (1987) See more »

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You're The One For Me
Written and Performed by Joe Lervold
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political thriller ... quite routine and made without inspiration
3 May 2006 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

Director Harvey Kahn was completely deprived of any inspiration in bringing to screen this political thriller story, happening in the corridors of the big corporate companies dealing with dirty oil deals, in a close but probable future where the western world is immersed in a war with the Arab oil-rich countries.

Nothing can really save this production. The screenplay is routine and full of stereotypes, not batter in complexity than a mid-level TV movie. Acting of Christian Slater is fair, and Selma Blair getting full time screen is quite promising as an actress, but not enough to carry the film higher. Directing is mediocre, it keeps the conflict being obscure and confusing at the start, does not make anything happening on the screen more clear or more interesting later, and moves the camera in a neutral and dry manner.

Routine stuff, nobody would have been sorry if this film was not made.


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