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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 »
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 »
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[holding a picture of Max]
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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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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