Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.
"I also suffer from acrophobia and claustrophobia."
"I'll tell you what: if you don't cooperate, you're gonna suffer from 'fistophobia'."
The first time I ever saw Midnight Run was via a BBC1 showing in the early nineties. They dubbed ALL the swearing. ALL OF IT. And yet, I still loved it. I don't know if it was because of a particularly fabulous effort on the part of the BBC dubbing department or if it was because the wonderful film underneath the censorship shone through anyway. But it's one of those things that you really had to be there to see because even having witnessed it myself, I simply cannot now, 20 years on, picture how they did it.
1988...the year Robert De Niro, who was already world renowed for his phenomenal dramatic acting, showed us his funny side. De Niro? A comedian? Not so surprising now after comedies like Analyze This, Analyze That, and the Parents trilogy but it was a huge shock back in 88 and people doubted he could pull it off. Who's laughing now?
Robert De Niro of course gives a great performance as always, but he is also very funny and at times hilarious. He has such spot on comedic timing. Charles Grodin gives a nice subtle performance and he serves up plenty of laughs. The two have terrific chemistry. Very good supporting performances from the likes of Yaphet Koto and Joe Pantoliano. The…
Of all the mismatched buddy, jaunty theme tuned 80s action comedies...
...this is the most mismatched, most jaunty and most fun of them all!!
A quite ridiculous and most certainly very eighties action-comedy with a good cast and some great running gags. It improves as it goes along, and has some drab moments, but the bond between De Niro and Grodin solidifies very well and they become a likable enough duo you don't want the film to end.
As I said though, the set-up is a little rushed, then the transition into the second act is somewhat slow and not as funny as the rest of the film. Danny Elfman's soundtrack is pretty awful too - resoundingly wacky and over the top, it sometimes consumes the humour in the scene. I must say, too, that easily the best…
“This calls for a celebration. I’ll get some donuts.”
This was a midnight screening of Midnight Run - an action comedy that I've been wanting to see for too long now. I know just how good De Niro can be in comedies, but in 1988 this must've been quite the risky film to take on - let alone the insanity that takes place throughout! Talk about entertaining!
Robert De Niro plays Jack Walsh, a former cop turned bounty hunter who is offered $100,000 from a bail bondsman Eddie (Joe Pantoliano) to capture a man known as 'The Duke' Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). The Duke is in hiding after stealing $15M from Chicago mob boss Jimmy Serrano (Dennis Farina) and then giving it away to charity. The FBI get involved,…
More a comfortable film than a great film
A surprisingly fun movie about Robert de Niro doing his tough guy bit until some whiny asshole makes hims stop.
“Chorizo and eggs.”
Both De Niro and Grodin deliver great comedic performances, they also have dazzling chemistry together. That's what drives the film.
There are also very good supporting performances by Joe Pantoliano and Yaphet Kotto.
My favorite scene has to be the "Fake twenty dollar bills" scene.
A fantastic piece of entertainment.
Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin show that great actors can elevate crummy material. They play their roles so perfectly and are the sole reason why the film works. De Niro plays the tough and sarcastic boundary hunter with just a hint of sadness and regret. Charles Grodin is the more outgoing and deadpan but there is an admirable degree of sincerity to him. They both hit just the right notes to antagonizing each other while also slowly building admiration and respect which bonds them together. All of that ends up taking the form of some great on screen interactions and is the source of what makes Midnight Run fun to watch.
But other than that Midnight Run is a…
So, basically “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” with a lot more action and Robert De Niro thrown in as the John McClane-eque bounty hunter as the straight man? Ok, I’m in!
It’s an absurd movie and inane plot, but I had a lot of fun with the movie. It’s one that really has no business working, but I kind of want to watch it again. Some of the comedy falls flat, but the action was solidly 80’s, in a good way. One problem I had in particular was the Charles Grodin character. I like Grodin in general, and I like him in this movie, but I’m not sure I ever understood where his character was coming from. He plays the naive…
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.
Robert de niro s there what else you would require, class performance from him as usual. I throughly enjoyed this flick it was complete entertainment movie. Great mix with humor and action. It was a complete fun movie ..
I barely laughed throughout the supposed action comedy classic (maybe 3 chuckles and a couple of chortles here and there but no actual proper laughs), yet I still enjoyed it very much. That was probably due to the great chemistry between De Niro and Grodin, as both make incredibly likeable leads. Grodin is especially excellent, handling both the light comedy and drama very well.
Despite the comedy not delivering for me in 2014, the action is good, and its comedic feel gave it a lightness of touch, akin to that of a well done farce, that made it fast paced, and the escalation of the stakes and the twists and turns at every corner make it an fun ride.
Not all that funny, but still worth a watch.
How had I never seen this before? Fantastic odd-couple road movie with plenty of humour, action and actual characters.
Some movies you don't expect to surprise you. You only need to look at the poster for Midnight Run and know exactly what to expect. Wacky lite-action road trip shenanigans between two guys who hate each other at first and then grow to be great friends. It's all right there. Some movies you don't expect to surprise you, you just hope they're the best version of the thing they are.
But Charles Grodin surprised me.
There is a gentleness to his character that is amazing. The obvious route would for the character to be a Martin Short type, obnoxious and loud, so as to best clash with DeNiro the grump. But Grodin creates a character so sharply observed, so slyly…
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…