Dealers (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Colin Bucksey
Produced by William P Cartlidge
Written by Andrew MacLear
Starring Paul McGann
Rebecca De Mornay
Derrick O'Connor
John Castle
Paul Guilfoyle
Adrian Dunbar
Sara Sugarman
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography Peter Sinclair
Edited by Jon Costelloe
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
Release dates
Toronto Film Festival
15 September 1989 (1989-09-15)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Dealers is a 1989 British film directed by Colin Bucksey. It stars Paul McGann and Rebecca De Mornay.


Based at the London branch of Whitney Paine, a fictional American investment bank; possibly a play on the names of Paine Webber and Dean Witter.



Dealers received a fairly mixed response from American critics at the Austin Texas film festival, some describing it as 'poorly acted' and 'poorly scripted', with others describing it as having an 'edge-of-your-seat climax'. The film was popular among university students. However the film was extremely popular by the very people it protagonised and herofied for ever. Risk taking "propriety traders" or "prop traders" In "the City" where it was based, London's Financial "Square Mile" it became an instant "must see" by city gents and city girls mostly because of its incredible attention to detail but also by the fact the realistic roller coaster tension took your breath away and that by comparison left "the other film" in its wake. It was regarded as a slice of (a bygone) life, of over-the-phone, over-the-counter bond dealing, high salary, high bonus, trading floor culture. A brokerage house and investment bank little known but cult classic. An epic that captures the essence of the "wheeler dealer". The dealing room itself was so meticulously well done, costing a rumoured one million Pounds, that it was kept intact and a whole television series in Britain was made and based on it, called Capital City (TV Series) which successfully capitalized on the post Wall Street, trendy City Job, City Lifestyle.

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