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The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

Max, a dead corrupt businessman, makes a Faustian pact with Satan's henchman to drive three people to Hell in exchange for longer life. Soon Max realizes that there still may be good in him.

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Cast

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Penny Hart
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Toby Hart
Julie Budd ...
Stella Summers
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Big Billy Hunniker
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Nerve Nordlinger
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Jerry Nadler
Deborah Baltzell ...
Heidi
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Greg Weems
Jeannie Wilson ...
Laverne Hunniker
Stanley Brock ...
The Counterman
Ted Zeigler ...
Mr. Billings
Vic Dunlop ...
Brian
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Chairman of Devil's Council
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Storyline

When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if he manages to get three innocent youths to sell him their souls in the next two months, he may stay on earth. Max accepts, and returns to earth, equipped with special powers. However his task is harder than expected, especially when 7 years old Tobi demands that he marry his mother. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Their main goal is swiping soul. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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PG | See all certifications »

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6 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diabel i Max Devlin  »

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$16,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Writer Jimmy Sangster had originally planned for this to be a more serious addition to the horror genre, to be made for Hammer, and with Vincent Price starring. The title would have been " The Fairytale Man". See more »

Quotes

Max Devlin: What happens to the kids after they sign?
Barney Satin: Nothing. We don't get them until the natural ends of their lives.
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Dead Men Don't Die (2012) See more »

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Any Fool Can See
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Allee Willis
Performed by Julie Budd
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Wants to Be Funny, But Fails in Its Attempt.
20 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elliott Gould dies in an accident and goes straight to hell to meet the devil himself (Bill Cosby), but that is not the end. Gould makes a deal to get out of hell by going back to Earth to get the souls of three young people in this would-be-comedy that is just not funny. Cosby is not on screen enough to even make a lasting impression and it is up to Gould and some sub-par young actors to carry the project. Gould does do his best, but all in all the film is just a project that wants to entertain and provide messages to its audience and failed to do either of those things. An odd production from the Disney studios. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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