When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if he manages to get three innocent youths to sell him their souls in the next two months, he may stay on earth. Max accepts, and returns to earth, equipped with special powers. However his task is harder than expected, especially when 7 years old Tobi demands that he marry his mother.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Despite the success of The Cosby Show (1984), the film was unavailable on video for almost 20 years after its initial home video release until Anchor Bay released it and other lesser-known Disney live-action films to DVD in the late 1990s and early 2000s. See more »
[Max is giving Nerve a few pointers as to how to win the upcoming race]
It's very simple. You start. You ride like a bat out of Hell and you win.
[Barney shows up behind Nerve]
Have you ever seen one of our bats?
Uh? Scratch that. You start... and you win.
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I remember seeing this movie as a kid and loving it. Recently, I watched again as an adult and found it to still be a sweet, charming little movie. The basic plot has Elliot Gould's character signing a pact with the Devil (Bill Cosby)to recruit three good souls and thus saving his own from eternal damnation. Gould gets three young people including an aspiring young singer (Julie Budd)and a fatherless young boy (Adam Rich), to sign a contract with the devil in exchange for making their dreams come true while on Earth. It all works out happily as all Disney films do, but there are several laughs, touching moments, and lesson learned along the way. I was really intrigued by Julie Budd after this film who more than resembled a young Barbra Streisand in both looks and talent. Loved the song that she sang in the film "Any Fool Can See." I wonder what happened to her after this film. Seems she never worked again.
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