Reporters solve cold-case race killing in fact-based ‘Deadline’
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Steve Talley and Eric Roberts
BY GENE TRIPLETT
Newspaper movies were almost a genre unto themselves once upon a time, like Westerns, romances, sci-fi epics and cop thrillers.
Intrepid reporters — self-described “ink-stained wretches” — were the heroes (or villains) of such classics as “His Girl Friday,” “The Harder They Fall,” “All the President’s Men” and, as recently as 2007, the excellent “Zodiac.”
Journalists were depicted as valiant (if sometimes boozy and unkempt) keepers of the First Amendment flame, public watchdogs sounding the alarm against crime and corruption, bloodhounds of truth sniffing out and exposing all manner of social menace and moral decay.
But in this Internet age of instant information, such films are now as few and far between as newspapers themselves are rapidly becoming.
This makes something of a rare treat out of “Deadline,” a suspenseful, fact-based drama about two investigative warriors of the daily print medium — played by Steve Talley and A
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