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Beat the Devil (2002)

Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

David Fincher (original concept), David Carter | 2 more credits »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Clive Owen ... Driver
Gary Oldman ... Devil
James Brown ... Self (as Mr. James Brown)
Marilyn Manson ... Self
Danny Trejo ... Bob
Tony Wilson ... Young James Brown
Tomirae Brown Tomirae Brown ... Vegas Girl
Judge Bradley Judge Bradley ... Crossroads Doorman
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Storyline

Decades ago, the legendary James Brown sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune. Now he wishes to renegotiate. Hired to take Mr. Brown to a rendezvous with the devil (Gary Oldman), the driver soon finds himself entangled in fiendish plans. Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated
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Goofs

When they begin the street race, the Trans Am shoots flames out the back as though nitrous was already activated, but in the next shot, the flames aren't shooting out the back until nitrous is activated. See more »

Quotes

[Flirting with the driver]
Devil: Well, you don't like, girls, do ya?
Driver: I do, actually.
[pause]
Devil: Really? That's awful. You don't know what you're missing.
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Crazy Credits

BMW recommends that you always wear your seat belt. See more »

Connections

Follows Chosen (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Payback
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley, John Starks
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
An interesting end to the Hire series
12 December 2013 | by Humdinger69See all my reviews

The final chapter of the BMW film series The Hire and a very interesting change from all of the previous chapters. While the previous episodes were mostly just straightforward action and driving, this one takes a turn for the supernatural, with a story that involves James Brown (played by himself), who literally sold his soul to the devil for fame, negotiating his contract. Naturally it all ends with Clive Owen causing havoc in his fancy BMW.

Definitely more my style, and my personal favorite of the series.

There's also a pretty comical end scene.

9 out of 10


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hire: Beat the Devil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RSA Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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