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Max Dugan Returns -- A Neil Simon comedy in which an ex-con tries to make up with his daughter and impress his grandson by showering them with gifts stolen from the Mob.
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25 March 1983 (USA) See more »
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 »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Slightly corny, quite "80's", but very pleasant movie experience. See more (39 total) »


  (in credits order)

Marsha Mason ... Nora McPhee

Jason Robards ... Max Dugan

Donald Sutherland ... Brian Costello

Matthew Broderick ... Michael McPhee
Dody Goodman ... Mrs. Litke

Sal Viscuso ... Coach Roy
Panchito Gómez ... Luis (as Panchito Gomez)
Charley Lau ... Charley Lau
Mari Gorman ... Pat
Brian Part ... Kevin Costello

Billie Bird ... Older Woman
Tessa Richarde ... Blonde at Shoe Store

Jim Staahl ... Man at Shoe Store (as James Staahl)

Duke Stroud ... Teacher
Sondra Blake ... Teacher

David Morse ... Shoe Store Cop
Santos Morales ... Grocer
Irene Olga López ... Grocer's Wife (as Irene Olga Lopez)

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Robber (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Tom Fridley ... Steve (as Tommy Fridley)

Kiefer Sutherland ... Bill
Bill Aylesworth ... Chris

Lydia Nicole ... Celia
Elisa Dolenko ... Maria
Marc Jefferson ... Wendall
Tom Spratley ... Truck Washer
Ray Girardin ... Umpire
Joey Coleman ... 3rd Baseman
Bradley Lieberman ... Boy

De'voreaux White ... Boy (as Devoreaux White)
Billy 'Pop' Atmore ... Baseball Player (as Pop Attmore)
Grace Woodard ... Maitre D'Cafe
Ken Neumeyer ... Waiter
Frank D'Annibale ... Bears Coach
John Corvello ... Basketball Coach
Howard Himelstein ... Shoe Store Cop
Carmen Silveroli Sr. ... Shoe Store Manager
George P. Wilbur ... Cop in Car (as George Wilbur)
Robert D'Arcy ... Cabbie

Shelley Morrison ... Mother

John Moio ... Policeman
Gary Combs ... Policeman (as Gary Coombs)
Benjie Bancroft ... Policeman at Station
Della Thompson ... Student
Ty Fredericks ... Student
Kent Kreutziger ... Student (as Kent Freutziger)
Patric Z ... Student (as Patrick Rodriguez)
Dorian Turner ... Student

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (written by)

Produced by
Herbert Ross .... producer
Roger M. Rothstein .... executive producer
Neil Simon .... producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Marks 
Casting by
Hank McCann 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber  (as David Haber)
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
Costume Design by
Bob Mackie 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Production Management
Roger M. Rothstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... second assistant director
Bruce Humphrey .... dga trainee
Jack Roe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gerald MacDonald .... construction coordinator
C.J. Maguire .... assistant property
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
Kandy Stern .... set designer
John T. Walker .... leadman (as John Thomas Walker)
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator (as Tom Wright)
Sound Department
Dody Dorn .... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Al Overton Jr. .... production sound mixer
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Purvis .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound editor (as Richard A. Sperber)
Paul Wells .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects (as Alan Lorimer)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Mike Tillman .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunt double: Marsha Mason (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Edesa .... camera operator
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Ron Kenyon .... electrical best boy (as Ron 'Bouji' Kenyon)
Frank Lambers .... grip best boy
Richard Moran .... key grip
Michael Nash .... assistant camera
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Barry Wexler .... crab dolly operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Bob Kurtz .... title designer
Robert Peluce .... title designer (as Bob Peluce)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shirlee Strahm .... costumer: women
Bruce Walkup .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Martin Cohen .... apprentice editor
Jane Schwartz Jaffe .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jack Lietzke .... transportation coordinator
James Nordberg .... driver: special effects (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
James Herbert .... location manager
Kathy Kenworthy Roe .... production secretary
Harry Kohoyda Jr. .... production auditor
Bob Kurtz .... title designer
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... assistant to executive producer (as Michele Panelli)
Robert Peluce .... title designer (as Bob Peluce)
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (as Raymond Quiroz)
Robert Werden .... unit publicist
Dan Roth .... adr voice (uncredited)

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Film debuts of both Matthew Broderick and Kiefer Sutherland.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Max Dugan:You've got enough dirty deals in your life. Don't turn your back on a payoff.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Yes Man (2008)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Slightly corny, quite "80's", but very pleasant movie experience., 14 December 2002
Author: Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington

I always enjoy watching this movie during those (rare) times that it comes on TV. I realize now that this movie makes an ideal holiday film, one that should best be seen around either Christmas/New Year's, or Thanksgiving holiday time. Why? Simply because it has such a strong "family values" theme to it. (Oh, and Max Dugan (Jason Robards) is also very generous with giving splendid gifts to his daughter and grandson (Marsha Mason and Matthew Broderick) in the film).

Perhaps a bit corny by today's film standards, I would nevertheless recommend this film to anyone who lived through the 80's - at least to those who were cognizant of everything that was going on around them. It should stimulate a few memories of the zeitgeist of the 80's (like, think "materialism" and "philosophy") - and it's all done without special effects or smoke and filter-lens photography.

This film shows Jason Robards in one of his best roles, with that deep, smooth, mellifluous voice of his just hitting all the right notes. Matthew Broderick is fun to watch in this film as well; it's an early peek at his big-screen work before he hit it big as Ferris Bueller in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Donald Sutherland is interesting as always, and Marsha Mason is excellent as the single mom trying to cope with all the crazy stuff happening to her.

If you like this film, I would recommend you rent "Rocket Gibraltar" (1988) starring Burt Lancaster. Another excellent family film that showcases a well-known actor in one of his last film roles.

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