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Witness in the War Zone (1987)

Deadline (original title)
R | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 1987 (Israel)
An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

Director:

Nathaniel Gutman

Writers:

Hanan Peled (screenplay), Hanan Peled (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Don Stevens
Marita Marschall Marita Marschall ... Linda Larsen
Hywel Bennett ... Mike Jessop
Arnon Zadok ... Hamdi Abu-Yussuf
Amos Lavi ... Yassin Abu-Riadd
Etti Ankri ... Samira
Martin Umbach ... Bernard
Moshe Ivgy ... Adbul
Sasson Gabai ... Bossam
Shahar Cohen Shahar Cohen ... Habib
Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Micha
Gabi Shoshan ... Salim
Igal Naor ... Antoine
Jerry Weinstock Jerry Weinstock ... Snyder
Reuven Dayan ... Karim
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Storyline

Don Stevens is an ace reporter sent to Beirut, Lebanon to report on the Lebanese civil war. There he befriends English journalist Mike Jessop, who's staying at the same hotel as him. Stevens' downfall begins when he manages to get an exclusive interview with the head of one of the main factions in the war, the Palestine Liberation Organization headed by Yassin Abu-Riadd. When he sends the taped interview in, he learns that the man he spoke with was in fact not Abu-Riadd but an impersonator. In an attempt to salvage his reputation and save his career, Stevens goes back to find out who set him up and why. However, all three sides in the war try to stop his investigation and his life comes into danger. Stevens comes to realize that he's a pawn in a huge deadly conspiracy and if he fails to uncover it, many innocent people will die. He finally gets a breakthrough, when he meets Linda Larsen, a Scandinavian doctor who might be able to take him to the real Abu-Riadd.

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Mystery | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Israel | USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

1987 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Witness in the War Zone See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,681, 13 September 1987

Gross USA:

$141,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,211
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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Performed by Franz Benton
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Christopher Walken great, Hywel Bennett chip on his shoulders.
9 February 1999 | by SakhuSee all my reviews

Back when Deadline was playing at the movies I went to see it with my husband. I have been a Christopher Walken fan for a long time. It really was a very good documentary in a way. But I rented it again about 2 years ago for my analysis of Hywel Bennett as an actor. I knew about Hywel's great ability as an actor from Shelly. I thought Hywel acted with a chip on his shoulders playing 2nd to Christopher Walken. He really looked and acted disgusted playing his role as the British reporter. It may be his personal life reflected through his acting. It was obvious to me as a great admirer of Hywel Bennett that he was in some kind of mental anguish. Perhaps like so many actors vanity got in the way of his professionalism.

It did not take me long to figure out that he had a face lift prior to being cast in Deadline. Before, when his face started to sag he held more heart into his roles. His acting has been superior to some American and British cast in other films such as "Endless Night", and "Murder Elite.

I'm writing a novel which I hope will some day soon be turned into a feature/future movie script. I hope someday I'll be able to get him casted as my main lead male for my novel. But, in the meantime he has to come out of his shell. He has Hollywood potential, but Hollywood has so far turned their backs on this veteran actor from Wales. Hywel take charge from here. Obviously you've let too many people give you professional advice which didn't work out to your expectations of a real Hollywood role call.

I have a dream of meeting this actor some day, but it will be under professional circumstances not as a fan Sincerely, Sakhu


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