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The Devil and Max Devlin -- When a frequent sinner named Max Devlin dies, he goes to hell.


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Release Date:
6 March 1981 (USA) See more »
A new high in being lowdown. See more »
When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elliott Gould ... Max Devlin

Bill Cosby ... Barney Satin
Susan Anspach ... Penny Hart

Adam Rich ... Toby Hart
Julie Budd ... Stella Summers

Sonny Shroyer ... Big Billy Hunniker
David Knell ... Nerve Nordlinger

Chuck Shamata ... Jerry Nadler
Deborah Baltzell ... Heidi

Ronnie Schell ... Greg Weems
Jeannie Wilson ... Laverne Hunniker
Stanley Brock ... The Counterman
Ted Zeigler ... Mr. Billings
Vic Dunlop ... Brian
Reggie Nalder ... Chairman of Devil's Council

Lillian Müller ... Veronica (Devil Council)
Julie Parrish ... Sheila
Sally Marr ... Mrs. Gormley
Madelyn Cates ... Mrs. Trent
Stu Gilliam ... Orderly #1

Denise DuBarry ... Stella's Secretary
Helene Winston ... Agent Hargraves
Susan Tolsky ... Nerve's Mom
Vernon Weddle ... Justice of the Peace
Ernest Harada ... Motorcycle Scout #1

Bill Saito ... Motorcycle Scout #2
Gustaf Unger ... Gregory (Devil Council)
Bertil Unger ... Julian (Devil Council)
Joseph Burke ... Steven (Devil Council)
Tak Kubota ... Bruce (Devil Council)

Army Archerd ... Himself
Ruth Manning ... Mrs. Davis
Bartine Burkett ... Blind Lady #2
Rahsaan Morris ... Tremaine
Adam Farrar ... Kid at Carnival (as Adam Starr)
Charles Courtland ... Jock #1 (as Chip Courtland)
Rene Lamart ... Jock #2
Mark Andrews ... Jock #3
Teri Landrum ... Susie
Tracie Savage ... Pammy
Nancy Bond ... Mrs. Minushkin
Sheila Rogers ... Mrs. Pepper
Robert Barron ... Mr. Pepper
Peter Renaday ... Studio Engineer (as Pete Renaday)
Albert Able ... M.C. Announcer
Roger Price ... Old Man
Robert S. Telford ... Camper Owner
Wally K. Berns ... Fan at Party

Mindy Sterling ... Fan #1 at Grammy's
Richard Lasting ... Fan #2 at Grammy's
Richard Crystal ... Award Presenter

Steve Eastin ... Larry Binder
James Almanzar ... Ticket Taker
Nick Angotti ... TV Reporter
Jackie Russell ... Carnival Kid's Mom

Gary Morgan ... Record Store D.J.
Ted Noose ... Officer

Dailey Pike ... Orderly #2
Bari Roulette ... Maid of Honor
Jan Jorden ... Woman in Lounge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Lee Byrd ... Guitar Player in Stella Summer's Band (uncredited)
Sean Kane ... Kid in playground (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Hilliard Stern 
Writing credits
Mary Rodgers (story) and
Jimmy Sangster (story)

Mary Rodgers (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerome Courtland .... producer
Ron Miller .... executive producer
Steven Hilliard Stern .... producer
Original Music by
Buddy Baker 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz 
Film Editing by
Ray de Leuw  (as Raymond A. de Leuw)
Art Direction by
Leon Harris  (as Leon R. Harris)
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Roger M. Shook 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist
Nadia .... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Disney Miller .... second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
Stephen McEveety .... second assistant director (as Stephen M. McEveety)
Irby Smith .... assistant director
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Willie D. Burton .... sound recordist
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (as Ben F. Hendricks)
Allen Hurd .... sound
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Gary D'Amico .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician
Ken Speed .... special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Mattingly .... matte artist
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator
Richard Epper .... stunt double
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
Gary Hymes .... stunt performer
Steve Walters .... stunt performer
Casting Department
Tina Real .... extras casting: local
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dye .... costumes: womens
Milton G. Mangum .... costumes: mens
Jack Sandeen .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Jack Wadsworth .... music editor
Other crew
James Tadevic .... location manager

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects

Additional Details

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This was the first Disney film to contain swearing; the word "damn" is used, as is the phrase "son of a bitch" (albeit unfinished).See more »
[Max sees that 'Agent Hargraves' is the old blind woman who killed him after he refused to help her cross a street]
Max Devlin:What the...? That's entrapment! It's not fair!
Barney Satin:Fair? Are you forgetting where you are?
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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Disney mis-fire., 6 August 2000
Author: SanDiego from The Beach

Elliott Gould's career slowed down after a string of R-rated films in the 60's and 70's...and came to a screeching halt in 1981. Disney's attempt in the eighties to modernize their films included casting Bill Cosby and Elliott Gould as The Devil and Max Devlin respectively. The plot involves Gould signing up three good souls for the Devil so as to replace his own soul from going down South. In concept, this is basically the flip side of Oh God! (George Burns and John Denver). Bill Cosby probably seemed like a hip if not fair replacement for George Burns (both being beloved stand-ups) but Elliott Gould was too much of a bad boy to be considered sympathetic in any film. The sort of sympathy evoked by John Denver in "Oh God!" Together, Cosby and Gould had no chemistry with little if any comic opportunities. Cosby was not very believable as the Devil and we could care less if Gould spent eternity in Hell. Singer Julie Budd was cast as one of the "good" souls (the in-joke here is that Julie Budd is a look-alike, sound-alike clone of Barbara Streisand and Streisand is the former Mrs. Gould. Of course kids who saw this film in 1981 didn't have a clue who she was...oh heck, most adults didn't know who she why the trouble in casting Julie Budd?) To make things worse she sings one song "Rainbows and Roses" over and over and over and over and over again. Disney turns out more music than any film studio, couldn't they write a few songs for this film? Adam Rich (former "Eight Is Enough" social tragedy) and David Knell round out the trio in appearances that are a notch below a below-average Love Boat guest spot. Susan Anspach ("Montenegro") plays Adam Rich's mom and Gould's love interest and deserves the most sympathy for that alone.

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