The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  6 March 1981 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »


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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 <>

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Their main goal is swiping soul. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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6 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Diabel i Max Devlin  »

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During the UK 'video nasty' scare of the 1980's anti-censorship journalist Liam T. Sanford wrote a false letter petitioning against this film to the Police Watch Committee, claiming the movie to be 'sick and horrific', in an attempt to discredit local police forces and expose their lack of film knowledge. Sure enough the film was briefly seized by officers from video retailers before being hastily returned to the shelves. See more »


Barney Satin: What about my contracts?
Max Devlin: So, this is what that stunt back there was all about?
Barney Satin: Yes. My associates on the counsel are getting a little itchy. Why has not one subject signed their souls yet?
Max Devlin: I don't care! I got until midnight on May 15. That's our deal. Look, I'm trying to get these people so hooked on me that they'll sign anything, but it takes time. If I go too fast, I'm libel to blow the whole deal!
Barney Satin: I like your style, Max. You're a devious fellow.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Ghost Dad (2014) See more »


Roses And Rainbows
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
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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