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Max Dugan Returns (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1983 (USA)
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An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nora McPhee
... Max Dugan
... Brian Costello
... Michael McPhee
... Mrs. Litke
... Coach Roy
Panchito Gómez ... Luis (as Panchito Gomez)
Charley Lau ... Charley Lau
... Pat
Brian Part ... Kevin Costello
... Older Woman
Tessa Richarde ... Blonde at Shoe Store
... Man at Shoe Store (as James Staahl)
... Teacher
... Teacher
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Storyline

Nora is a single mother who lives with her son Michael in a small house. They don't have much money but at least they have each other. Out of the blue comes Nora's father Max Dugan, who left her and her mother when Nora was nine years old. He brings a suitcase with dollar bills and showers her and Michael with gifts, trying to make up for lost time, knowing that he has a fatal heart ailment. The money comes from his shady career in Las Vegas and Nora is dating a police who is very interested in meeting him... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Prices are double. Your love life's in trouble. The car won't start. Your boss has no heart. The door squeaks. The roof leaks. Your stereo just went mono. All you need is a little Max Dugan. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como caído del cielo  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,791,002, 27 March 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,613,720
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Some movie posters for this film featured a long preamble that read: "It's time to feel good again. Prices are double. Your love life's in trouble. The car won't start. Your boss has no heart. The door squeaks. The roof leaks. Your stereo just went mono. All you need is a little Max Dugan." See more »

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After a dinner, Max lights a cigar but it never fully ignites. A moment later, the cigar has half an inch of ash at the end. See more »

Quotes

Brian Costello: Tell me something. Do you think I'm corrupt?
Nora McPhee: Aren't we all - just a little bit?
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Feel good movie about family reunion
5 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Probably one of the best Neil Simon has done. The story is based on a widowed schoolteacher raising her teenage son on her paltry salary and trying to raise him to be a good person but her long lost terminally ill father reenters her life seeking to spend his last six months with her and his grandson. Complicating matters is he is also bringing along a satchel with 647 thousand dollars he skimmed off a casino while working as a blackjack dealer. Although the money was originally his when he owned the land the casino he stole from "legally separated" him from it, his daughter is still worried about the influence of such dealings on her son. There is also a special appearance by the late Charlie Lau, former batting coach for the Chicago White Sox. Great for the whole family.


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