A Deal Is a Deal (2008)

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  • IMDb page: A Deal Is a Deal (2008)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 1,165 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 25 April 2008 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Filming Location: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Hendon, London, England, UK
  • Budget: $5,750,000(estimated)
  • Gross: £189,454(UK)(27 April 2008)
  • Director: Jonathan Gershfield
  • Stars: Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney and Sharon Duncan-Brewster
  • Original Music By: Trevor Jones   
  • Soundtrack: You've Got A Friend
  • Plot Keyword: Cottage | Gambler | Down And Out | Love | Friendship

Writing Credits By:

  • Steve Lewis (written by) &
  • Tony Owen (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The car that Tommy Cassidy rents has the number plate: 430 TUO, a reference to the title of the film. (TUO = OUT)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: 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.

Plot: 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? Full summary »  »

Story: 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>  


Synopsis: The film opens as tube driver, Paul Callow (*Mackenzie Crook*), accidentally runs someone down with his train. A few days later, he has the misfortune to have another one-under. His colleagues tell him about a little known rule at London Underground. The one no-one talks about. THREE under within a month, and youre OUT… earning yourself 10 years salary in one lump sum. This is an attractive proposition for someone with heavy debts and a yearning to escape the stresses of the big city to write a novel.

Paul sets about trying to find someone prepared to die under his train by Monday morning.

Not easy. But the search he embarks on is both hilarious and emotional.

How do you approach a complete stranger and ask him if he fancies dying under your train!?

After many failed and excruciatingly embarrassing approaches; he comes across Tommy Cassidy (*Colm Meaney*) attempting to jump off Holborn Viaduct.

To Pauls amazement, Tommy agrees to his outrageous proposal. The incentive? Enough money for a last weekend to tie up the loose ends of his life. Once its agreed, Tommy is determined to go through with it: A deal is a deal.

With a new suit and a hired car, Tommy travels to the Lake District via Liverpool so that he can try and reconcile things with his wife, Rosemary *Imelda Staunton* whom he walked out on 8 years ago, and his feisty daughter Frankie *Gemma Arterton*. And Paul tags along to protect his investment.

We encounter a host of other characters on the way including the Callaghans, (*Annette Badland*) and (*Gary Lewis*), who have something that Tommy needs which leads to a very slippery situation; Mary, (*Kerry Katona*) an angry mistress; Vic (*Mark Benton*) a fellow tube-driver and expert on the Three and Out Rule; and Maurice, (*Sir Antony Sher*) a French chef with culinary designs of a very unusual nature.

As the film progresses, Paul and Tommy each find something that has eluded them both for years true friendship. Tommy also has to deal with the inevitable wrath of his wife, who for the past 8 years thought he was dead; as well as his daughter Frankie who wishes he was! Its a life-changing weekend for all concerned.

On Monday morning, they are back to the reality of the deal they struck. And a deal is a deal.

But can they go through with it?

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Produced By:

  • Aaron Gershfield known as executive producer
  • Wayne Marc Godfrey known as producer (as Wayne Godfrey)
  • Mark Gottlieb known as associate producer
  • Ian Harries known as producer
  • Tim Johnson known as associate producer
  • Paul Sarony known as line producer
  • Gordon Synn known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mackenzie Crook known as Paul Callow
  • Colm Meaney known as Tommy Cassidy
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster known as Yvonne
  • Imelda Staunton known as Rosemary Cassidy
  • Antony Sher known as Maurice (as Sir Antony Sher)
  • Gary Lewis known as Callaghan
  • Annette Badland known as Maureen
  • Dean Kelly known as Duty Constable
  • Frank Dunne known as Danny Fitzpatrick
  • Kerry Katona known as Mary Loughlin
  • Steve Money known as Muscles
  • Rhashan Stone known as Ash
  • Gemma Arterton known as Frankie Cassidy
  • Mark Benton known as Vic
  • Rob Witcomb known as Frankie's Friend
  • Emma Barnett known as Suzie (uncredited)
  • Stefan D'Bart known as Book Shop Man (uncredited)
  • Eamonn Holmes known as TV Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Lou Burton known as makeup designer
  • Carolyn Cousins known as key makeup artist
  • Florence May Carter known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Peter Fentem known as property master
  • Bridget Menzies known as set dresser
  • Dan Milton known as props
  • Daniel Milton known as props
  • Steve Morris known as props
  • Steven Morris known as dressing props
  • Pete Steward known as construction manager
  • Chris Ulusele known as stand-by prop


Production Companies:

  • Rovinge Motion Picture Company (RMPC)

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting
  • ARRI Media  camera and grip equipment provided by
  • De Lane Lea  sound post-production
  • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
  • Media Services  stationery supplier
  • Mediacom 24-7  travel agent
  • Pepper Post Production  post-production facilities
  • Rovingmusic  music rights
  • Salon  avid editing equipment
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production services
  • Technicolor  release printing
  • UK Computamatch  negative cutting


  • Worldwide Bonus Entertainment (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • E1 Entertainment
  • Vendetta Films (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Vendetta Films (2009) (New Zealand) (all media)
  • Worldwide Bonus Entertainment (2008) (worldwide) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Capricorn Digital (logo animation)

Visual Effects by:

  • William Chetwynd known as digital compositor
  • Lauren Knowlton-Parry known as line producer: vfx (as Beanie Knowlton-Parry)
  • Dolores McGinley known as digital effects artist
  • Chris Mortimer known as visual effects supervisor
  • Iain Read known as digital compositor
  • Simon Rowe known as compositor
  • Yolanda Rubio known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • UK 21 April 2008 (London) (premiere)
  • Ireland 25 April 2008
  • UK 25 April 2008
  • USA 12 October 2008 (Tucson Film & Music Festival)
  • USA 27 March 2009 (Cleveland International Film Festival)
  • USA 29 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • USA 9 November 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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