Synopsis: The murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama has gone unpunished, unsolved and uninvestigated for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic blue blood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancee and his father's cancer diagnosis. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption - for a small Southern town and for Matt Harper.
Director(s): Curt Hahn
Production: Independent Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I need help.

The local

authorities are a joke.

We don't have

a real newspaper in Amos.

Plus, my father is seriously

hassling me

For getting into this.

The Wallace's shooting

Is still an open wound

in the black community.

It bothers them

that no one cares.

It should bother you too.

"We're travelin', travelin'"

This is Delana.

Leave a message.

Hey, honey, I'm really sorry.

I'm gonna be tied up

on a story all weekend,

But I'll see you Sunday.

"When the daylight's done. "

"This road is weary but

our work has just begun. "

"Come and go with me

down behind the sun. "

Windrow started

as a cotton plantation.

My great-Great-Great grandfather

bought it after the civil war.

I've been in and out

of schools up north,

But that house

is where I grew up.

I live in the left wing now

And my dad lives

in the extreme right.

My father likes to hunt birds,

but I like to hunt plants.

Plants and a cold case murder?

Mm mm.

Funny combination of interests.

Actually, they have

a lot in common.

Solving Wallace's murder

Is like finding a plant

I can't identify.

I can't stop until I do.

There's someone

I want you to meet

Who was here

when Wallace was killed.

It's been 19 years since

Wallace was killed

And it's still a devil that

won't be exorcized,

So it was no surprise

When black people want to know

who killed Wallace,

But when a white person does...

especially a Hall...

well, that's something


Tell me what happened.

Well, it started out as some

bottles and rocks being thrown.

Police had to break it up.

The next night,

everything had quieted down

And Wallace was walking home

When he was gunned down

in cold blood.

You know why they shot him?

Sure, black kid

at the wrong place.

Let me show you something.

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Mark Ethridge

Mark Ethridge (born May 28, 1949) is a novelist, screenwriter, and communications consultant. His novel Grievances was released in 2006, and adapted into the 2012 film Deadline. more…

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