Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a ... See full summary »

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John Sayles
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1991   1990  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jamey Sheridan ...  Jack Shannon 11 episodes, 1990-1991
Elizabeth Peña ...  Lucy Acosta 11 episodes, 1990-1991
Jenny Lewis ...  Neala Shannon 11 episodes, 1990-1991
Richard Edson ...  Wilmer Slade 10 episodes, 1990-1991
Miguel Ferrer ...  D.A. Todd Spurrier 9 episodes, 1990-1991
Martin Ferrero ...  Lou Gondolf 9 episodes, 1990-1991
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Storyline

Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a good relationship with his daughter, his professional career has hit rock bottom. He becomes a general practioner of law, gaining a loyal secretary in Lucy Acosta when he manages to free her boyfriend from jail. Shannon also gains an unlikely investigator in Wilmer Slade, a verbose enforcer for one of the many loan sharks to whom Jack is in debt. Although he has sworn off gambling, Shannon continues to use his skill as a cardplayer to help him work out his cases, and he always tries to work out deals for his clients without having to go to court. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El compromiso de Shannon See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and Director John Sayles wrote the teleplay for the pilot, and directed one of the episodes. He also has a cameo role in the premiere episode "Words to Music", as a jealous boyfriend who gets into a confrontation with Jack Shannon. See more »

Quotes

Kingston Rhodes: Listen, I'm sorry about that check, man.
Jack Shannon: Well, you conned me about your record. Why not the check?
Kingston Rhodes: Look, I'm not like that. No, I mean it. You ever gamble?
Jack Shannon: Now and then.
Kingston Rhodes: All right. Well, you ever find yourself in a spot where the stakes are ten times higher than what you got in your pocket? You just gotta play out the hand, and hope you win. That's what my life is like now, man.
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My favorite Show
13 June 2007 | by ttroccoSee all my reviews

What a perfect melding of actors, directors, writing, and music! In an era (the turn from the 1980s to th 1990s), Shannon's Deal was ahead of the pack then and now in its quality.

Jamey Sheridan gave us a complex antihero. Elizabeth Pena brought us smarts and sass in a latina character that was not a caricature. Jenny Lewis... Well, jenny Lewis later became a singer.

The closest I can think of are some of the great Howard Hawks films with great characters and overlapping dialog.

I have the pilot and episodes 1-11 on DVDs I burned from my O-L-D video tapes. I cherish these, but the quality is poor. WHEN OH WHEN will this come out on DVD???


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