Deadline (2012)



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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
PG-13 (for some mature thematic material)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Steve Talley
as Matt Harper
Eric Roberts
as Ronnie Bullock
Clay Brocker
as Billy "Possum" Baker
David Dwyer
as Everett Hall
J.D. Souther
as Lucas Harper
Anna Felix
as Delana Calhoun
Lauren Jenkins
as Trey Hall
Jackie Welch
as Mary Pell Sampson
Maisha Dyson
as Vanessa Brown
Tommy Cresswell
as Judge Buchanan
Jeremy Childs
as Walker Burns
Tucker Perry
as Young Vanessa Brown
Darryl Van Leer
as Reverend Young
D'Army Bailey
as Judge Williams
Larry Woods
as Max McCallum
Romonte Hamer
as Wallace Sampson
Joe Blankenship
as Olen Perringer
David Dittmer
as Warren Baxter
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Critic Reviews for Deadline

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Has all the dramatic punch of a community theater production.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material...

April 12, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic'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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Deadline

I caught this when it was in the theater and really enjoyed it. The story is gripping and Eric Roberts, Steve Talley and J.D. Souther (who knew he was an actor too!) are excellent. A very interesting look into what can still happen in our country that makes you wonder where we'd all be without local newspapers and investigative journalists.

Wade Routson
Wade Routson

Did not know what to do last night and happened to see a buddy of mine liked Deadline on facebook. I checked it out for a new bucks on iTunes and was shocked! Way better than I thought, and I'm a tough cookie when it comes to dramas. Not sure why its got a bad rep on here but its a sold film!

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