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The Deal (2005)

The Deal (2005)

The Deal



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Money and power bring major corruption to the world's energy marketplace in this taut political drama. After a long war between the United States and a coalition of Middle Eastern nations leads to a gap in the flow of multinational oil trading, the price of gasoline in America shoots past six dollars a gallon and both the energy industry and the stock market are walking on thin ice. In the midst of this instability, Tom Hansen (Christian Slater), a leading advisor at of one Wall Street's top firms, is looking to hire new talent to help with his latest client, Condor Oil and Gas. Condor's CEO, Jared Tolson (Robert Loggia) used to employ Tom's best friend until the younger man died in a mysterious accident, and Tom is eager to do what he can for Jared. Tom hires Abbey Gallagher (Selma Blair) to assist with the Condor account; Abbey is a passionate environmental activist who is wary of associating herself with a major energy firm, but her mentor Prof. Roseman (John Heard) persuades her she can be an advocate for green concerns on the inside. As Tom and Abbey spend more time together, they become romantically drawn to one another, but Tom's love for her puts Abbey in great danger when she finds out what he knows about illegal oil trading operations and money laundering schemes that link Condor with the Russian Mafia. The Deal also stars Colm Feore, Angie Harmon, and Françoise Yip.more
Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Epstein
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On DVD: Aug 16, 2005
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Christian Slater
as Tom Hanson
Selma Blair
as Abbey Gallagher
Robert Loggia
as Jared Tolson
Colm Feore
as Hank Weiss
John Heard
as Professor Roseman
Kevin Tighe
as John Cortland
Philip Granger
as Jerome Halliday
Francoise Yip
as Janice Long
Jim Thorburn
as Shane Waller
Paul McGillion
as Richard Kester
Christine Lippa
as Lucy Rahlston
Jennifer Clement
as Sara Kester
Mike Dopud
as Theo Gorbov
Vyacheslav Vinnik
as Nicholai Chernoff
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Critic Reviews for The Deal

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (20)

There's too much of that inside-baseball talk, and too many ridiculous plot turns that require intelligent people to make really stupid decisions, just so the suspense can be sustained.

Full Review… | July 11, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Epstein and Kahn might have been better off leaving the assassinations, kidnappings and cliffhangers to Grisham and made a simpler, more realistic movie about a desperate young banker juggling deals and trying to stay afloat.

Full Review… | June 18, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Far from the real deal when it comes to even a modicum of plausibility on a politically hot topic.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Seldom entertaining.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Deal clearly aims at being a roman-a-clef. Instead it's more of a roman-a-clumsy.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Full of dizzying technical detail that only those in mergers-and-acquisitions may fully appreciate.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Deal

The storyline of "The Deal" has a good premise Unfortunately, the screenplay is confusing. The movie's uneven because its thrill factor is propelled through at least half way by withholding important facts about the plot. Both Christian Slater and Selma Blair are great though.

Corporations, Wall Street, Russian Mafia, U.S. government. Phony oil deal with lots of players. Betrayals and in-fighting. Simplistic, but seems complex and sheet-pulling on the back room and board folk. Not that good, but OK enough to pass time with.

Alaine B

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