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Max Dugan Returns (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1983 (USA)
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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Cast

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Nora McPhee
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Max Dugan
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Brian Costello
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Mrs. Litke
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Coach Roy
Panchito Gómez ...
Luis (as Panchito Gomez)
Charley Lau ...
Charley Lau
Mari Gorman ...
Pat
Brian Part ...
Kevin Costello
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Older Woman
Tessa Richarde ...
Blonde at Shoe Store
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Man at Shoe Store (as James Staahl)
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Teacher
Sondra Blake ...
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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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Comedy | Drama

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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Como caído del cielo  »

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$17,600,000 (USA)
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The first of three movies that Donald Sutherland and his son Kiefer Sutherland have appeared together. The others are A Time to Kill (1996) and Forsaken (2015). They only share scenes in the latter film. See more »

Goofs

After a dinner, Max lights a cigar but it never fully ignites. A moment later, the cigar has half an inch of ash at the end. See more »

Quotes

Nora McPhee: Listen. I'm trying to keep so many people happy, all at the same time, and I'm not one of them. But don't give up on me. I'm worth it, I promise.
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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FAIRY TALE FOR BROKEN HOMES.....
30 June 1999 | by (NEW JERSEY, USA) – See all my reviews

A real feel good movie. Single mother, nerdy son, no relief, just the daily grind to reach another day. Jason Robards returns to the family unit (temporarily). It has to be temporary because of his larcenous past. Before he leaves again, he rights a lot of wrongs. He makes up for being an absent dad and grandfather in a very short period of time. Max is a fixer and a miracle maker and his eccentricities are contagious. You'll cheer him and his exit from the family AGAIN....

JASON ROBARDS is under-rated as far as I'm concerned. I've seen him in too many roles that HE has made memorable....


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