The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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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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  • Elliott Gould and Adam Rich in The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Susan Anspach and Elliott Gould in The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Bill Cosby and Elliott Gould in The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Julie Budd in The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Elliott Gould in The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Bill Cosby and Elliott Gould in The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

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13 July 2017 | moonspinner55
| Reasonably entertaining 'mature' product from Disney
Horror veteran Jimmy Sangster got himself attached to the Disney company by way of his story concerning a crooked apartment manager in Los Angeles who is hit by a car and goes to Hell. To save himself from eternal damnation, he must return to Earth and find three unsullied innocents who will sign away their souls in exchange for their life's wish to be granted. Sangster shares credit for the plot with screenwriter Mary Rodgers of "Freaky Friday", who apparently added the accoutrements of a single mom and her son looking for a husband and father to love, a teenage nerd who wants to be a motocross champion and a nervous songbird who wants to be a star. Disney, who had not yet developed the Touchstone subsidiary for more grown-up product, was attempting to change their image a bit here, but the swear words and a scary scene down in Hades just seem out of place in a movie about an old softie (Elliott Gould) charming everyone with his rumpled panache. Bill Cosby is cast as Satan, who dresses up for different occasions even though nobody but Gould can see him, and Susan Anspach is the daycare worker burned by broken romances. Both are good, but it's Gould movie and he carries it to a treacly but satisfying finish. **1/2 from ****

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