The Deal (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Deal (2008)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 2,113 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 20 November 2008 (Russia)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Director: Steven Schachter
  • Stars: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan and LL Cool J
  • Original Music By: Jeff Beal   
  • Soundtrack: Robbie Bop
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Actor | Hotel | Canoeing | Gourmet Chef | Newspaper Headline

Writing Credits By:

  • William H. Macy (screenplay) &
  • Steven Schachter (screenplay)
  • Peter Lefcourt (novel)

Known Trivia

  • In addition to playing the role of Charlie Berns in the film, William H. Macy also reads the audio book upon which the film is based.
  • When Meg Ryan’s character is looking up the information on what William H. Macy’s character had done recently, she uses IMDb.

Goofs: Continuity: When Deidre and Charlie start arguing in the Czech studio, Lionel and the girl get up and leave – twice.

Plot: A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli… See more » |  »

Story: 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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Produced By:

  • Christine Adzich known as associate producer
  • Jason Berk known as executive producer
  • Patricia Cox known as associate producer
  • Genevieve Hofmeyr known as supervising producer: South Africa
  • Gary Howsam known as executive producer
  • Jody Kielbasa known as co-producer
  • Matt Lane known as executive producer
  • Irene Litinsky known as producer
  • Keri Nakamoto known as producer
  • Gerd Petrik known as associate producer
  • Michael Prupas known as producer
  • Mary Solomon known as associate producer
  • Lewin Webb known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • William H. Macy known as Charlie Berns
  • Meg Ryan known as Deidre Hearn
  • LL Cool J known as Bobby Mason
  • Elliott Gould known as Rabbi Seth Gutterman
  • Jason Ritter known as Lionel Travitz
  • Fiona Glascott known as Fiona Hicks
  • Sharon Raginiano known as Levi Rosenwald (as Sharon Reginiano)
  • John Carson known as Nigel Bland
  • David Hunt known as Grier Clark
  • Jeremy Crutchley known as Ian Chadwick
  • Natasha Rees-Davies known as Maya
  • Aiden Lithgow known as Skip Miller (as Aidan Lithgow)
  • Kate Blumberg known as Linda
  • Tere Morris known as Catherine Oxenmoor
  • Sean Higgs known as Hans Bleimer (as Sean Aidan Higgs)
  • Adrian Galley known as Andrei
  • Nina Shepherd known as Melanie Lewis
  • Jeanne Neilson known as Claire Johnson
  • Todd Weeks known as Brad Emprin
  • George Jackos known as Howard Draper
  • Neil McCarthy known as Glenn
  • Jose Domingos known as Mark Rovner (as José Domingos)
  • Kenneth Fok known as Wing
  • Brett Granstaff known as Peter the Writer
  • Fred Abrahamse known as Colin
  • Darron Meyer known as KGM Agent
  • Jaymie Carter known as KGM Agent
  • Shawn Tanaka known as Brad's Assistant
  • Anton Voster known as Deidre's Limo Driver
  • Bernard Fisher known as Airport Cop
  • Nikki Jackman known as Entertainment Reporter
  • Christine Adzich known as Entertainment Reporter
  • Jean Wingis known as Premiere Handler
  • Olivia Blumberg known as Girl with Camera
  • Keren Setton known as Girl with Camera
  • Vuyisile Pandle known as Driver
  • Thomas Gumede known as George
  • George Worthmore known as Danny Turner
  • Natalie Becker known as Gabriella
  • Sydney Hall known as Bobby's Assistant
  • Christopher Clark Gates known as American Ambassador
  • Leslie Mongezi known as Embassy Assistant
  • Tyrel Meyer known as Fiona 'Stunt' Double
  • John Van Zyl known as Bobby's Trainer
  • Tyrone Keogh known as Bagel PA
  • Susan Lloyd-Roberts known as TV Reporter
  • Mmatjatji Ramaphala known as Camera Assistant
  • Mudi Mudau known as South African Airways Rep
  • Nik Rabinowitz known as Lead Carpenter
  • Matthew Dylan Roberts known as Vladimir
  • Julia Anastasopoulos known as Camera Assistant
  • Peter Vavruch known as AD
  • William Richard Nasson known as House Speaker
  • Dawie Ackermann known as Man on Plane

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Talia Barak known as makeup artist
  • Tina Earnshaw known as makeup artist: Ms. Ryan
  • Maria Gouveia known as hair stylist
  • Barbara Olvera known as hair stylist: Ms. Ryan
  • Megan Tanner known as key makeup artist (as Meg Tanner)
  • Leon von Solms known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Lucille Doman known as graphic designer
  • Storm Dyssell known as standby props
  • Brian Glaser known as assistant construction manager
  • Patrick O'Connor known as set designer
  • Gary Smith known as property master
  • Brendan Smithers known as construction coordinator
  • Lisa Van Der Merwe known as art department coordinator
  • Mark Walker known as set dressing leadman


Production Companies:

  • Peace Arch Entertainment Group (presents)
  • Muse Entertainment Enterprises (production)
  • Dog Pond Productions (in association with)
  • Sydnyk Works (in association with)
  • Berk/Lane Entertainment (in association with)
  • Moonlighting Films
  • SODEC (with the participation of)
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (with the participation of)
  • The Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa (with the assistance of)

Other Companies:

  • Arpix Media  music supervision
  • Brand-in Entertainment  product integration
  • CIBC  interim financing provided by
  • Film Finances Canada  completion guarantor
  • Premium Sound  post-production sound services
  • Runway  post-production
  • Stunt Network  stunts
  • Tattersall Sound  picture editing facilities


  • Moonlight Films (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Peace Arch Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Vietnam) (all media)
  • Luxor Entertainment (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • One Movie (2010) (Italy) (all media)
  • Peace Arch Films
  • Peace Arch Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Peace Arch Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Vision Globale (digital visual effects) (as Citelab/Global Vision)

Visual Effects by:

  • Eve Brunet known as visual effects producer
  • Daniel Gaudreau known as digital compositor
  • Hugo Léveillé known as digital compositor: Vision Globale
  • Frederic Milot known as digital compositor
  • Benoit Touchette known as visual effects production manager

Release Date:

  • USA 22 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 7 March 2008 (Nashville Film Festival)
  • USA 4 April 2008 (Sarasota Film Festival)
  • USA 5 April 2008 (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
  • USA 14 June 2008 (Maui Film Festival)
  • USA 21 June 2008 (Nantucket Film Festival)
  • Canada 10 July 2008 (Just For Laughs Film Festival)
  • USA 30 July 2008 (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • USA 26 October 2008 (Tallgrass Film Festival)
  • Russia 20 November 2008
  • Poland 15 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 14 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 16 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 14 February 2009 (San Diego Jewish Film Festival)
  • Hungary 17 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 19 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 26 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 7 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 5 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 12 November 2009
  • Argentina 18 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 3 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 18 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 28 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 21 September 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content and language


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