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.
Of all the mismatched buddy, jaunty theme tuned 80s action comedies...
...this is the most mismatched, most jaunty and most fun of them all!!
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…
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,…
De Niro is a brilliant casting decision and Grodin is nothing short of perfect in this classic action/buddy comedy/road movie. It is non-stop fun with escalating action, hilarious zingers flying everywhere and the chemistry between the two leads is priceless. We're dealing with pure movie magic. If Midnight Run has somehow flown under your radar, do yourself a favor and seek it out. You'll find it impossible not to enjoy.
“This calls for a celebration. I’ll get some donuts.”
A good entertainer. Robert di Niro doing some off the track job here (both in profession and realism). We have had buddy-cop movies, but this time we have unmatchable alliance of a private-detective and con-man.
This classic action comedy is a story of Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro), a bounty hunter dedicated to serving justice and Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin), a mob accountant who embezzled 15 million dollars from mafia boss Jimmy Serrano and goes on the run until Jack Walsh finds him.
There is one main reason why this film is highly regarded in the industry - exceptional chemistry between the two heroes! And there is a story behind it!
After completing The Untouchables, De Niro wanted to try something different and decided on appearing in a comedy. After loosing the lead role in the film 'Big' to Tom Hanks he went for the Midnight Run. Producers wanted a big name star…
Backgrounded while working from home. VHS.
I'm surprised this turned out so well. It's a goofy buddy comedy with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. They both play the straight man, sorta.
And therein is why it works. Actors like De Niro and Pacino shouldn't be in shit like JACK AND JILL. They need to find the gray area in comedy, where it's still rooted in reality, with space to actually flex some acting chops. I haven't seen much of his stuff, but Charles Grodin is similarly good in this because he's able to nail a serious tone when the story demands it. You believe he's this mischievous guy who only wants to do the right thing when it doesn't interfere with his self-preservation.
All in all this isn't as good as 48 HRS, the platonic ideal of buddy cop movies, but it's almost as good as BEVERLY HILLS COP.
YOU GOT THE DUKE?!
Started three or four days ago, finished with Shannon in room. She fell asleep with like ten minutes to go. Holds up wonderfully. Comedy is balanced by performance.
in sean's room.
need to finish it tbh
Wow. So great! And so much better than I remembered.
Very funny with a good propelling plot. Some of the best cursing ever put on film.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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