Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts star in Deadline, the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic young blueblood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancée and his father's cancer diagnosis. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption - for a small Southern town and for Matt Harper. -- (C) Official Site … More
as Matt Harper
as Ronnie Bullock
as Billy "Possum" Baker
as Everett Hall
as Lucas Harper
as Delana Calhoun
as Trey Hall
as Mary Pell Sampson
as Vanessa Brown
as Judge Buchanan
as Walker Burns
as Young Vanessa Brown
as Reverend Young
as Judge Williams
as Max McCallum
as Wallace Sampson
as Olen Perringer
as Warren Baxter
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Critic Reviews for Deadline
...it's not evil and it's enjoyable in the same way the really terrible movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 were enjoyable (or at least it was for me and my jaded sensibilities)... a well-intentioned mess.
A case involving the murder of a black youth gets solved here, but absolutely nothing could help this numbingly awful, undoubtedly well-intentioned but who-cares-it's-so-bad farrago.
Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material...
The plot, in short, is underwhelming. It merely follows the reporters as the screenplay serves them the solution to their case on a silver platter.
Although helmer Curt Hahn champions the causes of racial justice and crusading journalism, he can't seem to find a tone that's consistent or that befits the gravity of his subject matter.
The fact that real-life deadly racial animus in America is often cartoonish in its manifestation doesn't excuse Deadline's cliché-ridden characterizations of bigotry.
By the end of it, you'll be crying uncle--or wish you were watching The Help instead. At least that was a more artful lie.
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