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Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), ... See full summary »

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Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), the driver soon finds himself entangled in fiendish plans. Written by Anonymous

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During the street race, the Driver shifts from 2nd to 3rd, then to 4th and then re-shifts to 4th from 3rd when James Brown tells him to "get down and go for it!" See more »

Quotes

[Flirting with the driver]
Devil: Well, you don't like, girls, do ya?
Driver: I do, actually.
[pause]
Devil: Really? That's awful. You don't know what you're missing.
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Dies Irae-Requiem
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Conducted by Gregor Narholz (as G.F. Narholz)
Courtesy of Associated Production Music L.L.C.
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The most delightfully bizarre of the Hire series.
18 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To BMW Film's credit, it seems to me that much work is put into making each film as independant as possible. Sure there are parallels, mostly with subject matter, but stylistically each one stands apart from the others.

Beat the Devil is, in my opinion, the weirdest of the films. The subtitles, the car chase, everything is heavily stylized. Accusing this film of being unrealistic is like saying the ninja turtles aren't human. Duh, they're not supposed to be. That's a poor analogy but you get the idea.

The whole thing is also thick and complicated. The dialogue is often unintelligible and I'm still not quite sure why The Driver would bet what he did...but does it really matter? I mean, Gary Oldman plays the Devil and James Brown is in it.


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