Max Dugan Returns

Max Dugan Returns
Max Dugan Returns

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Herbert Ross
Produced by Herbert Ross
Neil Simon
Written by Neil Simon
Starring Jason Robards
Marsha Mason
Matthew Broderick
Donald Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
Music by David Shire
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Editing by Richard Marks
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 25, 1983
Running time 98 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $17,613,720

Max Dugan Returns is a 1983 American comedy-drama film starring Jason Robards as the titular Max Dugan, Marsha Mason as his daughter Nora, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, and Matthew Broderick as grandson Michael (in his first movie appearance as well as a first appearance for Kiefer). This would be the last Neil Simon movie to be directed by Herbert Ross.



Max Dugan (Jason Robards), the long-lost father of Nora McPhee (Marsha Mason), drops in on her as various trials and tribulations have befallen her. With him, he brings some promises and the news of his impending death. He also meets and befriends his grandson Michael (Matthew Broderick). Donald Sutherland plays the police officer who helps Nora after her car is stolen and becomes her boyfriend in the process.

Former professional baseball player Charley Lau appears as himself having been hired by Dugan to coach Michael to hit better for his little league team.


Production notes

This movie marks first of only two times (as of October 2006) that Donald Sutherland and his son Kiefer have appeared together in a dramatic film project; the other is A Time to Kill. (source: IMDB).

Kiefer Sutherland has a bit part, playing one of Michael's friends hanging around outside his high school. Kiefer shares no scene with his father.

Matthew Broderick was cast in this film and Simon's play Brighton Beach Memoirs simultaneously.

The real-life father of Matthew Broderick (whose birthname is James Joseph Broderick), noted character actor James Broderick died (November 1, 1982) around the time of the making of this film. Co-star Jason Robards, who knew James and was a friend, really helped Matthew through his grief with the loss of his father.

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