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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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When you deal with the devil somebody's bound to get burned. 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Max Devlin: Believe me, Penny. My life isn't my own. And on top of everything else, there's my real estate responsibilities, which are considerable. Some landlords will allow a place to go to Hell in a trash can, but not me. Constant repairs, constant maintenance, constant outlays of time and money.
Penny Hart: I'll bet.
Max Devlin: And then there's the little old ladies who insists on keeping their pets and the young, married couples who insists on keeping their kids. Not that I've got anything against kids, but some landlords ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Any Fool Can See
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Allee Willis
Performed by Julie Budd
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25 May 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

After a promising opening ten minutes, highlighted by some good gags, this movie quickly slips into dreariness and never recovers. It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with this film, it's just that there's nothing particularly good about it either and it wastes a potentially interesting leading duo.

The best thing that can be said about it is that it's inoffensive and easy to take but it's also totally forgettable and one of the more uninventive films you're likely to come across.


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