The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)




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The title character, a nasty landlord (Elliott Gould), is killed in a car accident and descends into hell. There he meets the Devil (Bill Cosby), who promises him his life back if he can find three people willing to sell their souls in three months.

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Bill Cosby
as Barney Satin
Elliott Gould
as Max Devlin
Susan Anspach
as Penny Hart
Adam Rich
as Toby Hart
Sonny Schroyer
as Big Billy Hunniker
Julie Budd
as Stella Summers
David Knell
as Nerve Nordlinger
Sonny Shroyer
as Big Billy
Chuck Shamata
as Jerry Nadler
Stanley Brock
as Counterman
Ted Ziegler
as Billings
Reggie Nalder
as Chairman
Sally K. Marr
as Mrs. Gormley
Madelyn Cates
as Mrs. Trent
Helen Winston
as Agent Hargraves
Susan Tolsky
as Nerve's Mom
Stu Gilliam
as Orderly
Denise Du Barry
as Secretary
Vernon Weddle
as Justice of the Peace
Ruth Manning
as Mrs. Davis
Ernest Harada
as Motorcycle Scout #1
Bill Saito
as Motorcycle Scout #2
Joseph Burke
as Steven (Devil Council)
Tak Kubota
as Bruce (Devil Council)
Army Archerd
as Himself
Mark Andrews
as Jock #3
Sheila Rogers
as Mrs. Pepper
Peter Renaday
as Studio Engineer
Roger Price
as Old Man
Mindy Sterling
as Fan #1 at Grammy's
Richard Lasting
as Fan #2 at Grammy's
Richard Crystal
as Award Presenter
Steve Eastin
as Larry Binder
James Almanzar
as Ticket Taker
Nick Angotti
as TV Reporter
Jackie Russell
as Carnival Kid's Mom
Gary Morgan
as Record Store D.J.
Ted Noose
as Officer
Robert V. Barron
as Mr. Pepper
Wally K. Berns
as Fan at Party
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Critic Reviews for The Devil and Max Devlin

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

The script has its moments, especially when Cosby is around as the Devil's aide, but the film finally subsides in a welter of structural flaws and heartwarming sentiment.

January 26, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The performances are attractive though, with one exception, not especially memorable.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Despite an encouraging start, the film degenerates into typical Disney sentimentality.

December 21, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I loved this as a kid. It didn't hold up well, once I grew up.

July 23, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Clumsy ol' Disney comedy.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Devil and Max Devlin

THE first movie my family ever rented. You know back in the day when you had to rent the VCR too. It came in a big bulky plastic case like a musical instrument. The kind that had the top that popped up so you had to slide the tape in and press the whole thing back down. Wow.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

A splashy Disney curiosity. It's great seeing Bill Cosby as the Devil! Elliot Gould plays Max Devlin, a rotten man who is given the chance to save his own soul by finding others who are more evil. It's fun black comedy.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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