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Film debuts of both Matthew Broderick and Kiefer Sutherland.
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Actor Matthew Broderick's father, actor James Broderick died around the time that this film was being developed, made and released. Broderick's co-actor in this film, Jason Robards, knew his father and helped Matthew through his loss and grief.
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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.
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The former professional baseball player and Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals' hitting and batting coach Charley Lau appears as himself. This was his only film appearance.
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A flop at the box-office, this film was released in the same 1983 year as another Matthew Broderick movie, WarGames (1983), which was a box-office hit.
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One of five films written by Neil Simon that featured his wife Marsha Mason. The movies include The Goodbye Girl (1977), Chapter Two (1979), The Cheap Detective (1978), Only When I Laugh (1981) and Max Dugan Returns (1983).
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The amount of money in Max Dugan's suitcase was $687,000.
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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.
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Final collaboration of then married couple actress Marsha Mason and writer Neil Simon. The two were divorced in 1983, the year that this movie was first released.
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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."
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Fifth and final Neil Simon written film that was directed by Herbert Ross. The others were California Suite (1978), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975), and I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982).
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Actor Matthew Broderick was cast in two Neil Simon works at the same time, this film and the play of Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) on Broadway. Broderick would also later star in Simon's Biloxi Blues (1988), his only other Simon film to date (December, 2012).
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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.
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The name of the dog was Plato.
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The movie is bookended with two short animation sequences.
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The amount of time that Max Dugan had spent in jail was six years.
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The address where Nora and Max use to live was Apartment 2B, 1125 Franklin Street, North Chicago.
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The movie is unique in the Marsha Mason - Neil Simon collaborative canon in that Mason, in a lead starring role in a Simon film, sports light brown/ash blonde hair whereas in all the other films Mason starred in and written by her then husband Simon Mason had always been a dark brunette. Mason did however have full blonde hair in a supporting ensemble part in Simon's The Cheap Detective (1978).
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At one point, Marsha Mason says, "I don't want to be a Cinderella". Mason previously starred in Cinderella Liberty (1973) with James Caan whom she re-teamed with for another Neil Simon work, Chapter Two (1979).
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At the time of production, actress Marsha Mason was married to Neil Simon, the film's producer, screenwriter, and source playwright. Of the movies they made together, this film and Only When I Laugh (1981) were the only ones where Simon was also a producer.
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One of two 1980s Neil Simon written films made by the 20th Century Fox studio. The other was I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982).
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