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Max Dugan Returns (1983)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 March 1983 (USA)
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An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.

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Nora McPhee
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Max Dugan
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Brian Costello
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Dody Goodman ...
Mrs. Litke
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Coach Roy
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Luis (as Panchito Gomez)
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Charley Lau
Mari Gorman ...
Pat
Brian Part ...
Kevin Costello
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Older Woman
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Blonde at Shoe Store
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Man at Shoe Store (as James Staahl)
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Storyline

Nora is a single mother who lives with her son Michael in a small house. They don't have much money but at least they have each other. Out of the blue comes Nora's father Max Dugan, who left her and her mother when Nora was nine years old. He brings a suitcase with dollar bills and showers her and Michael with gifts, trying to make up for lost time, knowing that he has a fatal heart ailment. The money comes from his shady career in Las Vegas and Nora is dating a police who is very interested in meeting him... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como caído del cielo  »

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$17,600,000 (USA)
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At the time of production, actress Marsha Mason was married to Neil Simon, the film's producer, screenwriter, and source playwright. Of the movies they made together, this film and Only When I Laugh (1981) were the only ones where Simon was also a producer. See more »

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When Nora McPhee drives home on the motorcycle with her son and parks, she leaves the ignition on, as evidenced by the brightly glowing taillight that will turn off and on with the ignition switch. See more »

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Michael McPhee: He's gonna go into philosophy.
Nora McPhee: Why?
Michael McPhee: 'Cause that's what he wanted.
Nora McPhee: Who told you that?
Michael McPhee: Mr. Wittgenstein.
Nora McPhee: Who's Mr. Wittgenstein?
Michael McPhee: Mr. Parker.
Nora McPhee: Mr. Parker is Mr. Wittgenstein?
[doorbell rings]
Nora McPhee: Umm... oh... what did he tell you?... Look, don't go into uhh, what's his name's room. I think there's something severely wrong with him!
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A Minor Neil Simon Classic
17 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MAX DUGAN RETURNS is a lightweight comedy from Neil Simon about a widowed schoolteacher (Marsha Mason) with a young son (Matthew Broderick, in his film debut), struggling to make ends meet, who one night is reunited with her estranged father (Jason Robards), who shows up on her doorstep wanting to make up for lost time with $687,000.00 in tow. Mason is reluctant to get involved with Dad because the money is not really his but when she learns that he is dying, she softens and decides to grant his dying wish...to spend some of his final time on earth with his grandson. Throw into the mix a police detective (Donald Sutherland) who, upon finding out who Max is, is definitely torn between getting his man and or getting the girl. This comedy charms from start to finish with a lot of classic Neil Simon one-liners and Robards turns in one of his most charming performances as Max Dugan. Yes, there are plot points that are left dangling and you just have to accept that, but if you can, MAX DUGAN RETURNS is a delightful and diverting comedy that will grown on you with multiple viewings.


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