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The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

Max, a dead corrupt businessman, makes a Faustian pact with Satan's henchman to drive three people to Hell in exchange for longer life. Soon Max realizes that there still may be good in him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Max Devlin
Bill Cosby ... Barney Satin
Susan Anspach ... Penny Hart
Adam Rich ... Toby Hart
Julie Budd ... Stella Summers
Sonny Shroyer ... Big Billy Hunniker
David Knell ... Nerve Nordlinger
Chuck Shamata ... Jerry Nadler
Deborah Baltzell Deborah Baltzell ... Heidi
Ronnie Schell ... Greg Weems
Jeannie Wilson Jeannie Wilson ... Laverne Hunniker
Stanley Brock ... The Counterman
Ted Zeigler Ted Zeigler ... Mr. Billings
Vic Dunlop Vic Dunlop ... Brian
Reggie Nalder ... Chairman of Devil's Council
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Storyline

When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if he manages to get three innocent youths to sell him their souls in the next two months, he may stay on earth. Max accepts, and returns to earth, equipped with special powers. However his task is harder than expected, especially when 7 years old Tobi demands that he marry his mother. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Their main goal is swiping soul. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diabel i Max Devlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first scenes shown of hell are taken from Disney's The Black Hole (with Max's falling body added to the fire-red backdrop that includes marching slaves in dark hooded cloaks). See more »

Quotes

Max Devlin: You want me to corrupt the souls of little kids? See, I've never been much on kids... but that's not a nice thing.
Barney Satin: Neither is Level 4.
Max Devlin: Where do I sign?
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Connections

Edited from The Black Hole (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Any Fool Can See
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Allee Willis
Performed by Julie Budd
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Wants to Be Funny, But Fails in Its Attempt.
20 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Elliott Gould dies in an accident and goes straight to hell to meet the devil himself (Bill Cosby), but that is not the end. Gould makes a deal to get out of hell by going back to Earth to get the souls of three young people in this would-be-comedy that is just not funny. Cosby is not on screen enough to even make a lasting impression and it is up to Gould and some sub-par young actors to carry the project. Gould does do his best, but all in all the film is just a project that wants to entertain and provide messages to its audience and failed to do either of those things. An odd production from the Disney studios. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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