Deadline (1987 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nathaniel Gutman|
|Produced by||Elisabeth Wolters-Alfs|
|Written by||Hanan Peled|
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda|
|Box office||$141,211 (USA)|
Deadline is a 1987 war/drama film about a journalist amidst the Lebanese Civil War who is set up and fed false information. The film was directed by Nathaniel Gutman. Christopher Walken stars as main role, "ace reporter" Don Stevens. It was shot in Israel. It was released in some countries under the title Witness in the War Zone.
Ace Reporter Don Stevens (Christopher Walken) is an American journalist who goes to Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. He stays in a hotel with English journalist Mike Jessop. He is promised an interview with a top PLO leader, Palestinian Yassin Abu-Riadd (Amos Lavi). However, this proves to be a set-up and he is duped into interviewing an impostor who claims the PLO are prepared to negotiate peacefully.
Outraged by this deception, Stevens becomes determined to find out the truth. In this quest he is helped by a Scandinavian doctor, Linda, who it emerges is Yassin's estranged girlfriend. Along the way, Stevens is hindered by everyone around him: The PLO threaten him, the Phalangists arrest him and the Israelis ignore him. Tricked and beaten, he gradually uncovers a murder plot, double agents, the bombing of the Phalangists headquarters and, most terrifying of all, a plan to massacre hundreds of civilians. In a story that takes the lid off events in Lebanon, Don Stevens becomes a reluctant hero, and in doing so, gets the scoop of a lifetime.
- Christopher Walken as Don Stevens
- Marita Marschall as Linda Larsen
- Hywel Bennett as Mike Jessop
- Arnon Zadok as Hamdi Abu-Yussuf
- Amos Lavi as Yassin Abu-Riadd
- Etti Ankri as Samira
- Martin Umbach as Bernard
- Moshe Ivgy as Adbul
- Sasson Gabai as Bossam
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