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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" (original title)

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A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virl Andrick ...
Ray Aranha ...
Mailman
Kaniel Arocho ...
Skateboard Kid #1
Jorge Arocho ...
Skateboard Kid #2
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Production Assistant
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Award Audience Man
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Julius Jensen
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Rick Fusco
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Cop
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Herself
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Antoni Cornacchione ...
Security Guard
Bill Corsair ...
Aging Writer
Grenville Cuyler ...
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Storyline

In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez fells envy and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil knocks on his door, fixes the situation and seals a contract with Jabez. His low quality novels have bad reviews but become best-sellers; Jabez enriches; has success with women, but has no time for his friends. Jabez meets with the publisher Daniel Webster who offers him a chance to break the contract with the devil. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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devil | writer | fortune | fame | new york city | See more »

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the devil is in the details.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan)  »

Also Known As:

Shortcut to Happiness  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Long known as "The Devil & Daniel Webster" the films title was changed to "Shortcut to Happiness" after being acquired by Bob Yari productions. See more »

Goofs

While showing Jabez his new apartment, the Realtor says Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" there. In fact, the song was written while sitting at the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona in 1940. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Webster: Mr. Stone. Man of the hour. You're quite a success.
Jabez Stone: Thank you.
Daniel Webster: It wasn't meant as a compliment.
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Connections

Version of Sunday Showcase: The Devil and Daniel Webster (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Smooth Groove
Written and Performed by Larry Brown (as Lawrence H. Brown)
Courtesy of 440 Incorporated
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I'd like to see the director's cut.
16 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the reviews says there were three versions of the film. I'd like to see Baldwin's original cut of this movie. The last version was cut badly, there are many unnatural breaks in the film. like it was edited for commercial breaks. The breaks where scenes were cut seem apparent.

Apparently the 1941 movie suffered a similar fate, with many titles and severe editing.

The story runs counter to the traditional American ethic of money equaling happiness.

The film was purchased out of bankruptcy for a fraction of production costs, and renamed and hacked for a fast return on investment.


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