Based on real events, Deadlines is a surreal, harrowing, sometimes darkly comic thriller set in wartime Beirut. Alex Randal, a young reporter with far more bravado than experience, arrives in the war torn city to cover the deadly double bombing of America's US Marine barracks and France's paratrooper base. In the mayhem he meets Julia Muller, a beautiful, enigmatic photographer. Like Beirut itself, nothing with Julia is what it seems. Alluring and wildly self-destructive, Julia feeds Alex a tip on a story that, in his eagerness, he runs after only a cursory check. The story, revealing that a murdered Lebanese Army captain was in fact an Israeli spy, puts him on the front page of newspapers around the world. It also leads to a series of deadly reprisals that, at first, seem to confirm the story.
Alex and Julia grow closer as they work together, but signs of a dark secret in Julia's past start to emerge. Attracted and intrigued, Alex pursues her; the closer he gets, the more dangerous she seems to become. Alex's world comes crashing down when he learns that Julia's tip was bogus, that his story was false - making him partially responsible for the slaugther that ensued. Alex then faces the starkest choice of his life: leave Lebanon beaten, broken and humiliated or risk his life to discover the truth behind the web of lies. With danger lurking at every turn, Alex tries to right the wrong he committed and, in the process, finally becomes the reporter he set out to be. In a nail biting finale, Alex helps Julian overcome her own deadly dilemma, allowing both characters to find redemption amidst the rubble of the city.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 103 mins
- Ludi Boeken, Michael Alan Lerner
- Suzanne Fenn
- Michael Alan Lerner
- Director of Photography
- Ivan Strasburg BSC
- Faouzi Thabet
- Justin Adams
- Principal Cast
- Stephen Moyer, Anne Parillaud, Omid Djalili, Georges Siatides
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Last updated 7th September 2006