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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 ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$207,405
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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 »

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Referenced in Compulsion (2013) See more »

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Mexican Waif
Written and Performed by Murray Anderson
Administered by Hi-Z Sound Productions (Pty) Ltd
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A hilarious, fun satire of Hollywood "Jewish" film-making
14 July 2008 | by amishSee all my reviews

Just saw the film tonight at the 25th annual Jerusalem Film Festival, screened in the "Jewish Experience" category. This is of course not surprising since the film is hugely fun, mixing Judaism/Israeli aspects into a wonderful satire of Hollywood filmdom. Don't take this film too seriously, although the acting is wonderful, with everyone clearly knowing it's all in fun. Despite that, I really got into the 'vibe' of the story, waiting to see whether they'd manage to finish making the film - whichever one it'll be. The whole Jewish angle of the film is of course especially fun for us here in Israel, and even more so because Israeli actor Sharon Reginiano plays Levy the director and inserts all sorts of comments in Hebrew which may be lost to non-Hebrew speakers, even if they are translated. The film reminded me very much of "The Hebrew Hammer" (2003) with Adam Goldberg which I saw at the JFF of that year. Both films use the Jewish/Israeli/Hebrew slants to the max and are extremely tongue-in-cheek, satirizing their respective genres. Don't over-analyze or dissect this film - just see it for what it is, a fun satire of Hollywood movie-making and all it involves. Don't know if this'll catch on in the overall US/worldwide markets, but we here sure enjoyed it. And if it does go straight to DVD, no matter - just enjoy it that way!


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