Beat the Devil

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German title Beat the Devil
Original title Beat the Devil
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2002
length 9 minutes
Director Tony Scott
script David Carter
Greg Hahn
Vincent Ngo
production David Mitchell
music Harry Gregson-Williams
camera Paul Cameron
cut Skip Chaisson

Beat the Devil is part of Tony Scott's The Hire short film series , which was produced as a commercial for BMW in 2002 .


As a young man, James Brown sold his soul to the devil to become the Godfather of Soul. Now that he's gotten old, he'd like to renegotiate his contract again. The devil offers to make him young again if he races with him. James Brown's driver wins the race through Las Vegas in a BMW Z4 , while the devil's car is stopped by a crossing train and explodes. Thereupon the devil James Brown granted his wish.

Production and publication

The short film was produced by RSA Films in 2002 and directed by Tony Scott . The music was written by Harry Gregson-Williams . BMW Films distributed the film worldwide on DVD from November 21, 2002.

The film was nominated for Best Internet Video Premiere at the DVD Premiere Awards in 2003.

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