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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)

The Devil and Daniel Webster (original title)
Down-and-out writer Jabez Stone (Producer and Director Alec Baldwin) sells his soul to The Devil (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in exchange for fame and fortune.

Director:

Alec Baldwin (as Harry Kirkpatrick)

Writers:

Stephen Vincent Benet (story "The Devil and Daniel Webster"), Archibald Macleish (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virl Andrick Virl Andrick ... Dick
Ray Aranha Ray Aranha ... Mailman
Kaniel Arocho Kaniel Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #1
Jorge Arocho Jorge Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #2
Mary Ashton ... Production Assistant
Howard Atlee Howard Atlee ... Award Audience Man
Dan Aykroyd ... Julius Jensen
Alec Baldwin ... Jabez Stone
Gregg Bello ... Rick Fusco
Bobby Cannavale ... Cop
Jann Carl ... Herself
Kim Cattrall ... Constance Hurry
Antoni Cornacchione Antoni Cornacchione ... Security Guard
Bill Corsair Bill Corsair ... Aging Writer
Grenville Cuyler Grenville Cuyler ... Taxi Hailer
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Storyline

In Manhattan, ambitious writer Jabez Stone (Producer and Director Alec Baldwin) is a complete loser. He is not able to sell his novels, he lives in an awful apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends, Julius Jensen (Dan Aykroyd), sells his novel for one hundred ninety thousand dollars to an editor, Jabez feels envious and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil (Jennifer Love Hewitt) knocks on his door, fixes the situation, and seals a contract with Jabez. His low quality novels have bad reviews but become best-sellers; Jabez enriches; has success with women, but has no time for his friends. Jabez meets with publisher Daniel Webster (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who offers him a chance to break the contract with the devil. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

the devil is in the details.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin appeared in The Edge (1997). See more »

Goofs

While showing Jabez his new apartment, the Realtor says Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" there. In fact, the song was written while sitting at the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona in 1940. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Webster: And so it was that the chariot of the devil smote down Jensen. You see, Jensen was a loose end. And the devil doesn't like loose ends, if you know what I mean.
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Connections

Version of The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) See more »

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Written and Performed by Richard Glasser
Courtesy of Billabong Music
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I'd like to see the director's cut.
16 August 2010 | by kyleuhlandSee all my reviews

One of the reviews says there were three versions of the film. I'd like to see Baldwin's original cut of this movie. The last version was cut badly, there are many unnatural breaks in the film. like it was edited for commercial breaks. The breaks where scenes were cut seem apparent.

Apparently the 1941 movie suffered a similar fate, with many titles and severe editing.

The story runs counter to the traditional American ethic of money equaling happiness.

The film was purchased out of bankruptcy for a fraction of production costs, and renamed and hacked for a fast return on investment.


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