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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
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
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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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The movie features baseball as a major story element. It would be an even bigger one in the later Neil Simon film The Slugger's Wife (1985) made and released a couple of years later. See more »

Goofs

When Brian Costello is interrogating Nora McPhee at her school she is walking away from him in an empty gymnasium. She stops standing on the green floor of the free throw lane. The shot cuts and she is suddenly standing in a different position on the court not on the green floor area before she turns around to face him. See more »

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Michael McPhee: Can you make money from philosophy?
Max Dugan: Yeah, if you have the right one.
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Simon's best original film script with stellar cast in top form.

For me this is Neil Simon's best original film script. It is warm, engaging, fun and both humorous and believable. It is also for me Marsha Mason's best comedy performance - as opposed to her fate in most of her films she has generous actors around her with whom the give and take is regenerative. Her Nora is a harried teacher and single mother, trying to make ends meet and not having a good week, when her long lost father (who walked out on the family when she was nine) arrives out of nowhere with a suitcase full of money. Watching Miss Mason interact with veteran Jason Robards, professional Donald Sutherland, and newcomer Matthew Broderick (in his first film role) is wonderful. Her Nora is completely believable and completely adorable. It is one of her triumphs and the film matches her in quality all the way. A gem for the entire family.


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