Maxie (1985)




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In this comedy, an ordinary woman finds herself sharing both her home and her body with a ghost who has a pronounced wild streak. Jan (Glenn Close) and Nick (Mandy Patinkin) are a couple moving into an apartment in an old Victorian house in San Francisco. Jan is a straight-laced secretary working for a Catholic bishop, while Nick deals in used books. While stripping some old wallpaper in their new home, they discover a message written on the wall, which their flaky landlady Mrs. Lavin (Ruth Gordon) informs them was written by Maxie, a high-spirited flapper who had a career in silent films before dying in a car wreck on her way to audition for D.W. Griffith. Out of curiosity, Jan and Nick rent a video of one of Maxie's films to see her in action, but it just so happens that Maxie's ghost still lives in the house -- and is looking for a human host. Maxie's spirit enters Jan's body and makes her presence known at the most inconvenient times; suddenly mild mannered Jan is kicking up her heels, swilling gin, starting arguements, and acting like a flaming youth straight out of the 1920s. Nick finds Maxie a good bit more exciting than Jan and even tries to launch Maxie back into a movie career by having her audition for a remake of Cleopatra opposite Harry Hamlin; Jan, however, just wants to have her body to herself again. Maxie proved to be one of the last screen appearances for veteran actress Ruth Gordon, who died several weeks before the film was released.
PG (adult situations/language)
Animation , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Glenn Close
as Jan / Maxie
Ruth Gordon
as Mrs Lavin
Barnard Hughes
as Bishop Campbell
Valerie Curtin
as Miss Sheffer
Googy Gress
as Father Jerome
Michael Ensign
as `Cleopatra' Director
Michael Laskin
as Commercial Director
Lou Cutell
as Art Isenberg
Nelson Welch
as Bartender
Leeza Gibbons
as E.T. Reporter
Evan White
as Channel 4 Announcer
Harry Wong
as Mr. Chu
David Sosna
as Assistant Director
John O'Neill
as Trainer
Eddie Wong
as Usher
Pauline Bluestone
as Exercise ClassLady
Glen Chin
as Chinese Movie Patron
Gayle Vance
as Exercise Class Lady
Nancie Kawata
as Chinese Movie Patron
Conan Lee
as Chinese Movie Patron
Cyril Magnin
as Mr. San Francisco
Michael Jordan
as Reporter
Alan Gin
as Magazine Attendant
Tony Amendola
as Street Bum
Hugo L. Stanger
as Charity Patron
Harry Hamlin
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Maxie

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Glenn Close gets a chance to strut her stuff in this dual role, but alas, the ludicrous screenplay flies off in far too many uninteresting directions.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A directionless and flaccid uncharacteristic misfire for the usually dependable Glenn Close

May 24, 2003
Movie Eye

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June 29, 2005

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November 3, 2004

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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A directionless and flaccid affair -- an uncharacteristic misfire for the usually dependable Glen CLose.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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