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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 overview, first billed only:
Julie Budd ...
Big Billy Hunniker
Nerve Nordlinger
Jerry Nadler
Deborah Baltzell ...
Greg Weems
Jeannie Wilson ...
Laverne Hunniker
The Counterman
Ted Zeigler ...
Vic Dunlop ...
Chairman of Devil's Council


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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A new high in being lowdown. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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6 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diabel i Max Devlin  »

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Barney's surname, Satin, is a play on the name Satan. See more »


Max Devlin: [Max turns away from Penny and faces the mirror] Oh, my God.
[He sees his reflection]
Max Devlin: I don't believe it.
Penny Hart: What is it, Max? What's wrong?
Max Devlin: It's ME! I don't believe it. It's me in the mirror. I... I don't believe it.
[He moves closer and closer to the mirror. Penny follows]
Max Devlin: I won. I WON. I WON!
Penny Hart: Won what?
Max Devlin: I beat that lousy, rotten, slimy, no-good, son-of-a...
Penny Hart: Beat who? Beat who?
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Dead Men Don't Die (2012) See more »


Roses And Rainbows
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Julie Budd
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Sweet and charming
4 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie as a kid and loving it. Recently, I watched again as an adult and found it to still be a sweet, charming little movie. The basic plot has Elliot Gould's character signing a pact with the Devil (Bill Cosby)to recruit three good souls and thus saving his own from eternal damnation. Gould gets three young people including an aspiring young singer (Julie Budd)and a fatherless young boy (Adam Rich), to sign a contract with the devil in exchange for making their dreams come true while on Earth. It all works out happily as all Disney films do, but there are several laughs, touching moments, and lesson learned along the way. I was really intrigued by Julie Budd after this film who more than resembled a young Barbra Streisand in both looks and talent. Loved the song that she sang in the film "Any Fool Can See." I wonder what happened to her after this film. Seems she never worked again.

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