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The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

Max, a dead corrupt businessman, makes a Faustian pact with Satan's henchman to drive three people to Hell in exchange for longer life. Soon Max realizes that there still may be good in him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Max Devlin
Bill Cosby ... Barney Satin
Susan Anspach ... Penny Hart
Adam Rich ... Toby Hart
Julie Budd ... Stella Summers
Sonny Shroyer ... Big Billy Hunniker
David Knell ... Nerve Nordlinger
Chuck Shamata ... Jerry Nadler
Deborah Baltzell Deborah Baltzell ... Heidi
Ronnie Schell ... Greg Weems
Jeannie Wilson Jeannie Wilson ... Laverne Hunniker
Stanley Brock ... The Counterman
Ted Zeigler Ted Zeigler ... Mr. Billings
Vic Dunlop Vic Dunlop ... Brian
Reggie Nalder ... Chairman of Devil's Council
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Storyline

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>

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Their main goal is swiping soul. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diabel i Max Devlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$16,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The set for Hell was made from plaster stalagmites, dry ice, smoke machines, and 20 butane furnaces. This made the set so hot that the actors could only stay inside the sound stage for a short time. See more »

Quotes

Penny Hart: I love you, Max.
Max Devlin: How could you possibly love ME? I'm not lovable. I'm not even nice. I'm irresponsible. Unreliable. You've said so yourself a million times. Look, even if we try, I'll still probably leave you without any warning. I'm a rotten person.
Penny Hart: The only trouble with you, Max, is that you have no self-image.
Max Devlin: You noticed?
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Dead Men Don't Die (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Any Fool Can See
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Allee Willis
Performed by Julie Budd
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I enjoyed this movie
23 October 2006 | by rebeccavincent777See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie - The singing in the movie is wonderful and the ending song just sticks with me. It has a good soul-searching ending. I saw this movie when I was little and couldn't wait to see it again - I still loved it 15 years later! When you look back to the movies of that time, especially all the ones with Kurt Russell - this is the same sort of quality movie. You can't expect the technology of today but its good for the time. To have the comic genius of Bill Cosby, you know it has to be decent. I keep looking on You Tube for the songs that were sung. Haven't had that luck yet. It's good to see that Good always WINS!!! Another Disney Life lesson!


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