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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 ... Himself (as Mr. James Brown)
Marilyn Manson ... Himself
Danny Trejo ... Bob
Tony Wilson 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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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

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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Did You Know?

Goofs

The race between Mr. James Brown and the Devil starts in front of the Four Queens and the Fremont Hotel. They pass both hotels several times before they make it out of Las Vegas onto the two lane road. See more »

Quotes

James Brown: It ain't easy to be James Brown and scare the kids.
Devil: Hell, you scare me - and I'm the prince of darkness.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Angel Heart (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Blood Brothers
Courtesy of Extreme Music
Luke Rowland and Joe Mazzone
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Truly hilarious..
14 May 2003 | by filmfreak-5See all my reviews

This is a very amusing piece which is quite a bit out of the ordinary. It makes you think a lot about certain scenes of Natural Born Killers and U-Turn - and if you can actually make it in the world of show business without having to sell your soul... well, only few knows, I suppose... A very decent picture, but the total and absolute best part of the picture is a short appearance by shock rocker #1 Marilyn Manson in the end. The Devil himself, in the shape of Gary Oldman, saying "It's that creepy guy from downstairs..."...I recommend this little piece, it's downright hilarious.... even if you're a poor little sod who's NOT into Marilyn Manson ;-)


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