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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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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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Prices are double. Your love life's in trouble. The car won't start. Your boss has no heart. The door squeaks. The roof leaks. Your stereo just went mono. All you need is a little Max Dugan. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como caído del cielo  »

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$2,791,002 (USA) (27 March 1983)

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$17,613,720 (USA)
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This film was an original screenplay written for the screen by Neil Simon and was not an adaptation of one of Simon's plays. See more »

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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 »

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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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Touching, Heart-warming, and Wonderful!
24 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"Max Dugan Returns" follows the story of an old con man named Max Dugan (Jason Robards) who gets out of prison and shows up on the doorstep of his daughter Nora McPhee (Marsha Mason) and her son Michael (Matthew Broderick). She doesn't provide a warm reception, seeing how she hasn't seen him since she was a little girl. This was Matthew Broderick's first movie. "WarGames" (a very good film) was his second. If you have not seen "Max Dugan Returns", see it right now! It's worth your time!

10/10 stars!


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