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Max Dugan Returns (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1983 (USA)
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An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Neil Simon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Mason ... Nora McPhee
Jason Robards ... Max Dugan
Donald Sutherland ... Brian Costello
Matthew Broderick ... Michael McPhee
Dody Goodman ... Mrs. Litke
Sal Viscuso ... Coach Roy
Panchito Gómez Panchito Gómez ... Luis (as Panchito Gomez)
Charley Lau Charley Lau ... Charley Lau
Mari Gorman ... Pat
Brian Part Brian Part ... Kevin Costello
Billie Bird ... Older Woman
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ... Blonde at Shoe Store
Jim Staahl ... Man at Shoe Store (as James Staahl)
Duke Stroud ... Teacher
Sondra Blake ... Teacher
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Storyline

Nora is a single mother who lives with her son Michael in a small house. They don't have much money but at least they have each other. Out of the blue comes Nora's father Max Dugan, who left her and her mother when Nora was nine years old. He brings a suitcase with dollar bills and showers her and Michael with gifts, trying to make up for lost time, knowing that he has a fatal heart ailment. The money comes from his shady career in Las Vegas and Nora is dating a policeman who is very interested in meeting him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Prices are double. Your love life's in trouble. The car won't start. Your boss has no heart. The door squeaks. The roof leaks. Your stereo just went mono. All you need is a little Max Dugan. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como caído del cielo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,791,002, 27 March 1983

Gross USA:

$17,613,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,613,720
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of three movies that Donald Sutherland and his son Kiefer Sutherland have appeared together. The others are A Time to Kill (1996) and Forsaken (2015). They only share scenes in the latter film. See more »

Goofs

After a dinner, Max lights a cigar but it never fully ignites. A moment later, the cigar has half an inch of ash at the end. See more »

Quotes

Brian Costello: Who is the man living in your house?
Nora McPhee: What man?
Brian Costello: This man.
[holding a picture of Max]
Brian Costello: Mr. Parker. Does odd jobs, he tells me. Came 10 days ago wearing a black hat, black coat, carrying a black satchel. Mrs. Litke is more dependable than the CIA.
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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I love this movie
14 September 2008 | by gunslngrmjoSee all my reviews

I first saw this as a kid, in the early 80s, so it brings back fond memories to see it again. Clever dialog written by Neil Simon -- it has his signature all over it! A few surprising appearances as well, including Kiefer Sutherland as a baseball player (and he's not even credited on IMDb for this film), Shelley Morrison, who played Rosario the maid on Will & Grace, and David Morse as a cop. Robards plays Max Dugan, a ne'er-do-well absentee father who returns to the scene with a suitcase full of dubiously obtained money. His dying wish is to get to know his teenage grandson and to reacquaint himself with his daughter after 28 years. It's entertaining, well written, well acted. What's not to like?


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