Devil and Max Devlin

The Devil and Max Devlin

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern

Cast: Elliott Gould, Bill Cosby, Susan Anspach

     
 

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Comedian Bill Cosby makes an unlikely devil in the family-orientated movie The Devil and Max Devlin. Brought to DVD by Anchor Bay, this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks only slightly passable. There are many instances of grain and dirt running through the image, and the colors tend to appear slightly muted and soft. Otherwise, edge enhancement and…  See more details below

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Comedian Bill Cosby makes an unlikely devil in the family-orientated movie The Devil and Max Devlin. Brought to DVD by Anchor Bay, this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks only slightly passable. There are many instances of grain and dirt running through the image, and the colors tend to appear slightly muted and soft. Otherwise, edge enhancement and shimmer are non-present with the black levels all sufficiently dark and solid. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and lacks any true depth or fidelity. The bulk of this soundtrack comes from only the center speaker with only a few sound effects trailing from the side front speakers. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are clear of most distortion and hiss. No subtitles are available on this disc. Fans looking for any insight into this film will be sorely disappointed; there isn't a single solitary extra feature to be found on this edition of The Devil and Max Devlin.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
In all of its decades of success, Walt Disney Studios never felt compelled to make anything but G-rated films, so when they finally decided to produce a PG-rated picture in 1981, one would have expected them to have a film so good, so perfect, that changing any of it to achieve a G-rating would be a travesty. But they made The Devil and Max Devlin instead, a sloppy, uneven comedy that might better have been titled "Hell Can Wait." Elliott Gould's good-for-nothing landlord is unconvincing as both a bad guy and a converted good guy, and Bill Cosby once again proves himself unable to play anyone but Bill Cosby, with a turn as the dark lord Satan. There are a couple of forced chuckles, but even they are few and far-between, making the only real interesting part of the whole experience the performance by Streisand-lookalike Julie Budd as an aspiring pop singer. Why the filmmakers did this is uncertain, but the fact that the character is supposed to be Babs is indisputable and kind of fun to speculate about given the songstress and Gould's history.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
UPC:
0013131118193
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Full-frame presentation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elliott Gould Max Devlin
Bill Cosby Barney Satin
Susan Anspach Penny Hart
Adam Rich Toby Hart
Julie Budd Stella Summers
David Knell Nerve Nordlinger
Madelyn Cates Mrs. Trent
Sonny Shroyer Big Billy Hunniker
Chuck Shamata Jerry Nadler
Ronnie Schell Greg Weems
Jeannie Wilson Laverne Hunniker
Stanley Brock Counterman
Vic Dunlop Brian
Reggie Nalder Chairman of Devil's Council
Lillian Muller Veronica, Devil Council
Julie Parrish Sheila
Sally K. Marr Mrs. Gormley
Stu Gilliam Orderly
Denise DuBarry Secretary
Helene Winston Agent Hargraves
Susan Tolsky Nerve's Mom
Vernon Weddle Justice of the Peace
Ernest Harada Motorcycle Scout #1
Bill Saito Motorcycle Scout #2
Joseph Burke Steven (Devil Council)
Tak Kubota Bruce (Devil Council)
Army Archerd Himself
Ruth Manning Mrs. Davis
Chip Courtland Jock #1
Mark Andrews Jock #3
Tracie Savage Pammy
Sheila Rogers Mrs. Pepper
Pete Renaday Studio Engineer
Roger Price Old Man
Robert S. Telford Camper Owner
Mindy Sterling Fan #1 at Grammy's
Richard Lasting Fan #2 at Grammy's
Richard Crystal Award Presenter
Steve Eastin Larry Binder
James Almanzar Ticket Taker
Nick Angotti TV Reporter
Jackie Russell Carnival Kid's Mom
Gary Morgan Record Store D.J.
Ted Noose Officer
Robert V. Barron Mr. Pepper
Wally K. Berns Fan at Party

Technical Credits
Steven Hilliard Stern Director
Buddy Baker Score Composer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Jerome Courtland Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Raymond A. de Leuw Editor
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Leon R. Harris Art Director
Danny Lee Special Effects
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Ron Miller Executive Producer
Mary Rodgers Screenwriter
Carole Bayer Sager Songwriter
Jimmy Sangster Original Story
Howard Schwartz Cinematographer
Bill Shepard Casting
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles. [3:14]
2. Soul Man. [6:52]
3. Back To Earth. [2:50]
4. Max's Mission. [3:59]
5. Stella Finds Her Voice. [6:20]
6. Dangerous Stuff. [4:30]
7. Uncle Max. [6:26]
8. A Star Is Born. [5:48]
9. The Race. [6:45]
10. Romance. [6:05]
11. A Hectic Schedule. [4:30]
12. The Devil's Due. [5:47]
13. Dilemma. [5:39]
14. Signed, Sealed And Delivered. [8:25]
15. The Deal's Off. [3:33]
16. Goodbyes. [5:11]
17. Self-Image. [1:38]
18. Swan Song. [5:11]
19. End Credits. [2:10]
20. Chapter 20 [:00]

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