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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)

The Devil and Daniel Webster (original title)
A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil 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, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez fells envy and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil 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 the publisher Daniel Webster 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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Trivia

According to Alec Baldwin, the film was extensively re-edited after it came into the possession of Bob Yari Productions, and no longer bears any resemblance to its original form or to the Benet short story, hence the title change. Baldwin has since requested that his name be removed from the credits as director and producer. 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

References The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Smooth Comfort
Written and Performed by Richard Glasser
Courtesy of Billabong Music
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An Excellent Movie!! It was well worth the wait.
14 August 2006 | by babyhayhayrocksSee all my reviews

This film was shot in 2002 but it was three years later that I saw this film at the Naples Film Festival and it was a terrific film!! Anthony Hopkins was the lawyer who is hired to save Baldwin form eternal damnation and he was terrific. Jennifer Love Hewitt was sensational as the Devil and as usual, Kim Cattrall was a knock-out. Dan Akroyd really showed off his dramatic talents.

Of all the actors in the film, the one I had to rank the lowest was Baldwin. He really had no business acting or directing this film. His performance left a lot to be desired and his directing even more so. I found out later that he walked off the set after he turned in his Director's cut and they hired a new editor who literally saved this film the dying a slow death.

I read in the trades where Producers Michael Gordon and David Glasser were the ones who kept trying to keep this film from sitting on a shelf for the next twenty years and finally got Bob Yari to acquire the film from the insurance company. Make a point to see this film when it comes out, I think it was well worth the wait.


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