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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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Mary Rodgers (story), Jimmy Sangster (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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A new high in being lowdown. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Jimmy Sangster had originally planned for this to be a more serious addition to the horror genre, to be made for Hammer, and with Vincent Price starring. The title would have been " The Fairytale Man". See more »

Quotes

Mr. Billings: The air conditioning's on the fritz and it's hotter than Hell up here!
Barney Satin: [to Max] Ha! He doesn't know how hot it is.
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Soundtracks

Roses And Rainbows
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Julie Budd
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25 May 1999 | by Marco_TrevisiolSee all my reviews

After a promising opening ten minutes, highlighted by some good gags, this movie quickly slips into dreariness and never recovers. It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with this film, it's just that there's nothing particularly good about it either and it wastes a potentially interesting leading duo.

The best thing that can be said about it is that it's inoffensive and easy to take but it's also totally forgettable and one of the more uninventive films you're likely to come across.


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