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Beat the Devil (2002)

Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

David Fincher (original concept), David Carter | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clive Owen ... Driver
Gary Oldman ... Devil
James Brown ... Self (as Mr. James Brown)
Marilyn Manson ... Self
Danny Trejo ... Bob
Tony Wilson ... Young James Brown
Tomirae Brown Tomirae Brown ... Vegas Girl
Judge Bradley Judge Bradley ... Crossroads Doorman
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Storyline

Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), the driver soon finds himself entangled in fiendish plans. Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated
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Goofs

When they begin the street race, the Trans Am shoots flames out the back as though nitrous was already activated, but in the next shot, the flames aren't shooting out the back until nitrous is activated. See more »

Quotes

James Brown: Darkness is death's ignorance and the devil's time.
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Crazy Credits

BMW recommends that you always wear your seat belt. See more »

Connections

Follows Star (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Funky Drummer, Pts. 1 & 2
Written & Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Drag the Strip at Dawn
3 January 2006 | by drhansleySee all my reviews

I've never seen so much action poured into 9 minutes of film. I had to watch it again to see what I missed the first time. It has Gary Oldman doin' his thing. (NOBODY can do 'outrageous' like Gary Oldman can) His devil is wild! James (I Feel Good) Brown who supposedly actually DID sell his soul to the devil.(that's between them, I'm not getting into that) Clive Owen looking all serious and observing the goings on around him. (I think Gary made him a bit nervous) Mr. Brown has sought out the Devil to re-negotiate his contract. The Devil enjoys a wager, but likes the concept of winner takes all. The wager? Drag the Strip at dawn. The Devil: Cool! The race is on. So what we have is Gary Oldman, James Brown, Clive Owen, a 1976 Trans Am and a BMW Roadster drag racing down the Sunset Strip, and what a ride.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hire: Beat the Devil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RSA Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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