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Maxie (1985)

A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a reserved housewife who just moved in. However, she cannot leave before she receives her massive audition for a Hollywood studio.

Director:

Paul Aaron

Writers:

Jack Finney (novel), Patricia Resnick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Jan / Maxie
Mandy Patinkin ... Nick
Ruth Gordon ... Mrs. Lavin
Barnard Hughes ... Bishop Campbell
Valerie Curtin ... Miss Sheffer
Googy Gress ... Father Jerome
Michael Ensign ... Cleopatra Director
Michael Laskin ... Commercial Director
Lou Cutell ... Art Isenberg
Nelson Welch Nelson Welch ... Bartender
Leeza Gibbons ... E.T. Reporter
Evan White Evan White ... Channel 4 Announcer
Harry Wong Harry Wong ... Mr. Chu
Charles Douglas Laird Charles Douglas Laird ... Policeman
David Sosna David Sosna ... Assistant Director
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Storyline

When Nick and Jan move into their new apartment house in San Francisco, the crazy landlady upstairs informs them about a girl who used to live there in the 1920s: a brash young party girl named Maxie, who died in a car crash the morning before her massive audition for a Hollywood studio. Merry mayhem is guaranteed when Maxie's ghost, who hasn't left the house, takes over Jan's body and plans to rekindle her film career - but then falls head-over-heels in love with Nick. What he doesn't at first realise is that the woman making hasty advances on him is Maxie, and the only way she's going to leave Jan's body is if she gets that audition. Written by Kathy Li

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When she was Jan she was very very good, but when she was bad she was... Maxie. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Spirit See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,121,531, 29 September 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,564,278
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The silent film clip of the young Maxie was actually a clip of Carole Lombard, future wife of Clark Gable. See more »

Goofs

In his classic convertible, Nick makes a hand signal for a left-turn. He then promptly turns right to get in front of his apartment and pull into the garage. See more »

Quotes

Jan: Funny guy. Reminds me of Fatty Arbuckle.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
Written by Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson
Performed by Glenn Close
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Throughly Modern, too.
26 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This a lovely romantic film that was tossed away on first release and is well worth tracking and enjoying. I saw it on a double feature (and it screened first) with DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN and the audience were clearly annoyed when MAXIE started. They wanted the Madonna film. Within ten minutes it was clear we had been served a delicious appetiser. Within half and hour there was obvious surprise, and by the time 90 mins had passed we had all forgotten about Madonna. When intermission arrived, the crowd was buzzing with sheer delight at this wonderful timeless discovery and the audience went into SUSAN in such a good mood it played like funniest movie ever made. Add MAXIE to your list of 'must see' films. It the sort of small and rewarding film that causes a person at a party to scream with the thrill of meeting someone who has also seen it.


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