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Beat the Devil (2002)

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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The Hire: Beat the Devil  »

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Goofs

The race begins in the direction where the cars are driving past the Four Queens starting at the "F" and moving towards the "S". Later in the race as they pass the Four Queens, again, the are driving starting from the "S" and moving towards the "F". See more »

Quotes

James Brown: Darkness is death's ignorance and the devil's time.
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BMW recommends that you always wear your seat belt. See more »

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Soundtracks

Kuba Mambo
from Ed Wood (1994) Soundtrack
Composed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures & Hollywood Records
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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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