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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 | 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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Did You Know?

Goofs

During the street race, the Driver shifts from 2nd to 3rd, then to 4th and then re-shifts to 4th from 3rd when James Brown tells him to "get down and go for it!" 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 Hostage (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You I Feel Good
Written and Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Fun(ny) stuff...
3 May 2004 | by BigJim5021See all my reviews

You just can't beat Gary Oldman... it's that simple. All of the BMW films are fun little romps, and this one is no exception. And as for the guy that posted before me about the explosions not making sense... It was the Devil in that amazing exploding car, so maybe you should a) suspend disbelief... or b) imagine it as if those explosions are a result of the Prince of Darkness losing a race... I mean... there is a lot of fire in Hell.

On a side note, both Brown and Manson were hilarious, and Owen was as charismatic as usual. Not to mention that I enjoyed seeing Danny Trejo in it, even though you can see him in basically every movie made in the last 10 years.

yippie/10


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