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Max Dugan Returns (1983)

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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.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Neil Simon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Mason ... Nora McPhee
Jason Robards ... Max Dugan
Donald Sutherland ... Brian Costello
Matthew Broderick ... Michael McPhee
Dody Goodman ... Mrs. Litke
Sal Viscuso ... Coach Roy
Panchito Gómez Panchito Gómez ... Luis (as Panchito Gomez)
Charley Lau Charley Lau ... Charley Lau
Mari Gorman ... Pat
Brian Part Brian Part ... Kevin Costello
Billie Bird ... Older Woman
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ... Blonde at Shoe Store
Jim Staahl ... Man at Shoe Store (as James Staahl)
Duke Stroud ... Teacher
Sondra Blake ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's time to feel good again See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como caído del cielo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$17,613,720
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is unique in the Marsha Mason - Neil Simon collaborative canon in that Mason, in a lead starring role in a Simon film, sports light brown/ash blonde hair whereas in all the other films Mason starred in and written by her then husband Simon Mason had always been a dark brunette. Mason did however have full blonde hair in a supporting ensemble part in Simon's The Cheap Detective (1978). See more »

Goofs

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

Nora McPhee: Listen. I'm trying to keep so many people happy, all at the same time, and I'm not one of them. But don't give up on me. I'm worth it, I promise.
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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another 80's classic
12 April 2002 | by almost29See all my reviews

I love this movie,It's a small low budget film that is simply a joy to watch,the characters are great.I can't wait until Fox releases Max Dugan Returns on DVD!!!The story is not lost in a bunch of silly special effects,come to think of there no special effects at all.I you want to enjoy a bit of nostalgia see this movie.


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