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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)
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Charley Lau
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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
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Teacher
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Como caído del cielo  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,613,720 (USA)
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Some movie posters for this film featured a long preamble that read: "It's time to feel good again. 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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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: Can't you stop being a cop for five minutes and just be a friend?
Brian Costello: No, that's why I don't have too many friends.
Nora McPhee: Well, if it's one less you want, you're doing a terrific job...
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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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