|Directed by||Paul Aaron|
|Produced by||Carter DeHaven
Rich Irvine (exec)
James L. Stewart (exec)
|Written by||Patricia Resnick
Jack Finney (book)
|Edited by||Lynzee Klingman|
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
Maxie is a 1985 fantasy film. It is directed by Paul Aaron and stars Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Valerie Curtin, Ruth Gordon and Barnard Hughes. The plot is based on the 1973 novel, Marion's Wall by Jack Finney about a woman who is possessed by a very outgoing female ghost - a budding actress from the 1920s - named Maxie, who wants to fulfill her destiny.
When husband Nick and his wife Jan move into an old house in San Francisco, they uncover a message under layers of wallpaper left by a previous tenant. ("Maxie Malone lived here! Read it and weep!").
The daft landlady from upstairs is overwhelmed when she sees the message and tells them about an actress, Maxie Malone, who lived there in the 1920s. Maxie was a brash, young party girl who died in a car crash the morning before her big audition for a Hollywood studio. Her only movie legacy, mere minutes on film, is dug up by Nick who watches it with Jan, who goes to bed right afterwards. Nick, too, is headed to bed, but he is stopped by a voice which tells him to play the piece again. He thinks that it is Jan at first, but the voice materializes partially in front of him as Maxie and he plays the piece again for her. Then Maxie disappears and Nick goes to bed, dismissing the incident as a psychotic episode.
The next day at work, his boss (who has romantic designs about him) invites him and Jan to a party. Nick agrees to come, but Maxie (who has inserted her soul into Jan's body) behaves rather differently from Jan- she sings, dances and gets drunk. Maxie and Nick, drunk, break into an amusement park and make out on a merry-go-round, only to be caught by a policeman, who lets them go because of an excuse Nick makes up.
- Glenn Close as Jan / Maxie
- Mandy Patinkin as Nick
- Ruth Gordon as Mrs. Lavin
- Barnard Hughes as Bishop Campbell
- Valerie Curtin as Miss Sheffer
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
- 1986, Glenn Close was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress
- 1986, Ruth Gordon was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
- 1986, Paul Aaron won the Silver Raven
- 1987, Maxie was nominated for the Best Film Award International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film