Max Dugan Returns (1983)




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Max Dugan (Jason Robards Jr.) is an elderly ne'er-do-well whose tenuous mob connections have made him persona non grata with his daughter Marsha Mason. Struggling to raise her restless son Matthew Broderick on her own, Mason is none too pleased when Max returns to the family fold with yet another portfolio of get-rich-quick schemes. Forced to leave town due to the investigative habits of cop Donald Sutherland, Mason's new boyfriend, Max does one last good deed to renew the faith of the disillusioned-with-life Broderick. Watch for Donald Sutherland's son Kiefer in his film debut, and for former Kansas City Royals' batting coach Charlie Lau in the baseball-game finale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Comedy , Drama
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Marsha Mason
as Nora McPhee
Jason Robards
as Max Dugan
Donald Sutherland
as Brian Costello
Matthew Broderick
as Michael McPhee
Dody Goodman
as Mrs. Litke
Sal Viscuso
as Coach
Charley Lau
as Himself
Kiefer Sutherland
as Bill Costello
Brian Part
as Kevin
Billie Bird
as Older Woman
Tessa Richarde
as Blonde in Shoe Store
Jim Staahl
as Man in Shoe Store
Duke Stroud
as Teacher
Sondra Blake
as Teacher
David Morse
as Shoe Store Cop
Irene Olga Lopez
as His Wife
Tom Fridley
as Steve
Marc Jefferson
as Wendall
Tom Spratley
as Truck Washer
Ray Girardin
as Umpire
Joey Coleman
as 3rd Baseman
Pop Attmore
as Baseball Player
Grace Woodard
as Maitre d'
Ken Neumeyer
as Waiter
Frank D'Annibale
as Bears' Coach
John Corvello
as Basketball Coach
Howard Himelstein
as Shoe Store Cop
Carmen Silveroli Sr.
as Shoe Store Manager
Robert Darcy
as Cabbie
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

A consistently happy comedic fable which should please romanticists drawn to a teaming of Neil Simon, Marsha Mason and Herbert Ross.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Simon's gift also is his downfall. He's so good at writing lightweight dialogue that it all begins to sound the same.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There are certainly some questionable ingredients to the story, but you're not likely to notice them while the film is under way. You're likely to be laughing.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A clumsy, heavy film, its most profoundly expressed emotion is greed.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This sentimental outing was written by Neil Simon and stars Marsha Mason as Nora, a single parent trying to raise her son Michael (Matthew Broderick).

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
TV Guide

Comic, clever, and satisfying fairy tale of redemption.

Full Review… | December 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Max Dugan Returns


At times funny with a cleverly written script, formulaic points and appealing cast, but it's also affective as in you'll feel Mason's character's stress levels. (B) (Full review coming soon)

Kyle Mobray
Kyle Mobray

A great family comedy drama, again with the cute young Broderick, I loved this movie, it's charming. Oh, and just so you don't get confused like I did, this movie isn't a sequel to anything.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Charming fable. Jaon Robards is irresistible as the wandering dad.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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