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Deadline PG-13

4.3 out of 5 stars (21) IMDb 4.8/10

A race-based murder has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for 20 years - until two reporters investigate. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption.

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Eric Roberts, Steve Talley
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Curt Hahn
Starring Eric Roberts, Steve Talley
Supporting actors David Dwyer, JD Souther, Jeremy Childs, Jessejames Locorriere, Jackie Welch, Lauren Jenkins, Ian Quinn, Anna Felix, Yuri Cunza, David Ditmore, Tommy Cresswell, Jenny Littleton, Clay Brocker, Kaitlin Borst, Darryl Van Leer, Denice Hicks, D'Army Bailey, Grant Belden
Studio Freestyle Digital Media
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Deadline is my kind of movie, a heartfelt story that moved me to tears on several occasions. By the end, I was so thankful that I'd seen Deadline because it gave me hope for the future. Deadline tells the story of two investigative reporters, played by odd-couple Eric Roberts and Steve Talley, who get turned on to a cold case civil rights murder. Based on a true story, it has elements that are reminiscent of Ghosts of Mississippi and Mississippi Burning, but ultimately Deadline reminded me most of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a story of race in the South and manages to show both how far we've come and how far we still have to go as a nation. Rather than dwell on the actual murder, Deadline focuses on the human toll of such crimes. The mother and the girlfriend of the slain black teenager are both permanently scarred by his murder, and that's not all of their pain. The entire town has never recovered from the murder. In some ways, Deadline is similar to the current Trayvon Martin case, giving it a timeliness that is almost surreal. But then I guess that's the point, since such things do seem to happen with distressing regularity. By the end of Deadline, I felt that such crimes may not have to always be part of our national ethos, that there is indeed hope that we can evolve as a people, that we may one day not have to seek justice, but simply be just in the first place.
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Such a good movie! Its like a way way WAY better crime show! Eric Robbers is the man! Plus it deals with some serious racial topics that all mankind should get behind.
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As independent movies go, this one is pretty good. There are moments of unintentional humor due to some acting/writing/editing, but that gives the movie some of its charm. I understand they used many local (Nashville area) actors/actresses. Some are quite exceptional, and some are less so, but overall the quality is good. It is certainly worth an hour and a half to rent or buy.
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There's nothing like a sleeper film that really delivers. All the pieces come together in this movie including a solid cast, a moving and thrilling story-line and great production value. It's nice to see a movie that incorporates a topical and timeless plot supported by good acting and great pace. Very entertaining and definitely worth renting or owning.
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I'm not one to cry for a movie, but this one actually got me. Very powerful and timely, a story that had to be told. I went to Journalism school and can honestly say that this what journalism should be about - not the stuff they teach you in those classes. Highly recommended and one you'll want to own.
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I've read the book and seen the movie. They are both great. Mark Ethridge did an excellent job translating his original book, Grievances, into a screenplay. I was most impressed by the producers ability to update the story to more contemporary times without sacrificing any of the drama or relevance.
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When this film was first mentioned to me, I was prepared to dislike it. I live in Alabama and the tarnished image of my state can sometimes be a bit of a sore point. So, I thought, "Great! Here is another cliched, stereotypical story about 'backwoods, racist, ignorant Alabama'!" Are there stereotypes and cliches in this film? Absolutely! I rarely see a film that doesn't have a few of those. Is there a good storyline, humor, some rockin' music, and a few surprising twists? Absolutely!

I soon didn't care that some of the characters were the types that would normally have me rolling my eyes, because it did veer into unexpected directions at times and a few of the lines made me laugh out loud. (A smile or my eyes getting a bit moist are usually as emotional as I get when watching a film. I hate to admit it, but I also cried during one scene) The story kept my interest, and I cared about what was happening with them. Dave Perkins blew me away with the musical score! Some great music in this film! Speaking of great music, I loved seeing J D Souther (writer of outstanding songs like Heartache Tonight, Best Of My Love, etc.) in the role of Lucas Harper.

Bottom line is that there are some flaws, and some of the acting isn't top-notch, but there was also no nudity, obscenities, or scenes I would have been embarrassed to watch with my grandparents...or grandkids. Overall, though, I think director Curt Hahn and writer Mark Ethridge, along with some very fine actors, have a film that shows where we've been, how far we have come, and what a difference truth and light make instead of simply burying our shame and fears. This film is also adapted from Mark Ethridge's novel Grievances. Ethridge is a former managing editor of The Charlotte Observer. Deadline will be released in theaters nationwide on April 13, 2012.
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'Deadline' is a movie about a young person determined to investigate the unsolved murder of an African American child twenty years ago. It's a compelling story and must see drama that will grip you from start to finish!
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