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Maxie (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 27 September 1985 (USA)
A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a dull housewife who just moved in. Hilarity ensues.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Sheffer
Father Jerome
Cleopatra Director
Commercial Director
Art Isenberg
Nelson Welch ...
E.T. Reporter
Evan White ...
Channel 4 Announcer
Harry Wong ...
Mr. Chu
Charles Douglas Laird ...
David Sosna ...
Assistant Director


When Nick and Jan move into their new apartment in San Francisco, the batty landlady upstairs tells them about a girl who used to live there in the 20's: a brash young party girl named Maxie, who died in a car crash the morning before her big audition for a Hollywood studio. The trouble is, Maxie, or rather her ghost, hasn't left the house. Worse, she can take over Jan's body. And the only way she's going to leave is if she gets that audition. Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Free Spirit  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,121,531, 29 September 1985, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


Ruth Gordon's final film role. The Trouble with Spies (1987) was released in 1987, but filmed a year before this. See more »


In his classic car, Nick makes a hand signal for a left-turn. He then promptly turns right to get in front of his apartment and pull into the garage. See more »


Bishop Campbell: Do you know when World War II ended?
Jan: We had a second one?
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Features The Campus Vamp (1928) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Maxie, great viewing...
5 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Nick played by Mandy Patinkin(Criminal Minds & Dead Like Me) and Jan, Glen Close (Dangerous Liasons and Reversal of Fortune) move into a new apartment in San Fransisco. When weird things start happening and Jan starts behaving oddly, the landlady Mrs Lavin, Ruth Gordon (Every which way but loose) tells them about Maxie, a 1920's potential starlet, who died before an audition that would make her a real star..

As it turns out Maxie has found a way to take over Jan. Close plays both parts wonderfully, switching seamlessly between the flighty, flirty, flapper and the conservative Jan.

My favourite scene has to be the Bye bye blackbird solo. Close is fabulous.... Ruth Gordon is exquisitely scatty, yet poignant in places. Patinkin is sadly mediocre, but good to see he went on to more suitable roles..

Maxie is using Jan's body to try to see if she'd have made the big time had she lived long enough..... Will she succeed?? You have to watch and see for yourself.....

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