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Taking the Midnight Run Is a Hell of a Way to Make a Living.
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!!
"I never took a payoff in my life and I'm not gonna start with someone like you."
"Because you're a fucking criminal and you deserve to go where you're going and I'm gonna take you there and if I hear any more shit outta you I'm gonna fucking bust your head and I'll put you back in that fucking hole and I'm gonna stick your head in the fucking toilet bowl and I'm gonna make it stay there."
“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,…
Backgrounded in room with Shannon. Worked on music video. VHS.
Jack Walsh and his daughter -- floors me every time.
Are we ranking this among the great De Niro performances? Because he's flawless in this. After being told he only has two reactions -- silence and rage -- De Niro's frustration at not being able to escape those two poles is a master class.
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I love this one. It's one of the most fun action/road/comedies ever made. The cast is great and dose great. One of Robert De Niro's best. The story is simple but good and moves along good and fast. The action isn't big but it's good. There are so many great lines in it. Some nice music by Danny Elfman. Over all a well made movie. Truly one of the best.
Dennis Farina has like ten minutes of screen time in this and he makes the most of every second.
There are many great buddy-comedy movies - where the disparate leads are uncomfortably thrown together, initially dislike each other, and then, through the sharing of a variety of death-defying situations, form a grudging respect or even affection for each other. Midnight Run is BY FAR the best of these. The plot is fairly formulaic, but has much more heart and character depth than most buddy-actioners, and the exquisite dialogue is turned into brilliant banter by two leads at the top of their game. Grodin's depth and nuance as an actor (please see Ishtar, NOT Beethoven) have always been underrated, and De Niro?...well, I'VE always preferred him in light comedy to his intense stuff, even if the rest of the world…
Well it took me three sittings to finish this movie (not the movie's fault), but I finally did it. It was a pretty entertaining watch and one of the better buddy cop non-cop movies I've seen. I didn't grow up with many [good] De Niro films, so I always feel surprised when I like him in something. I felt like Grodin was doing his best John Candy impression the entire time, but that's not a complaint. It worked really well. The pacing of the film was really fantastic too. There's not a single moment of tedium in the whole movie. It was also nice to see a movie like this end without everything working out so neatly. I really appreciated…
Still one of the best unlikely buddy road movies of all time (with Rain Man & Planes, Trains and Automobiles rounding out a solid 1987 & 1988).
While maybe not the best directed film and a tough music score that screams 80's buddy copy movie, the film more than makes up with its strong pacing and assortment of interesting characters (De Niro, Grodin, Kotto, Farina, Pantoliano, Ashton).
The movie's close has one of the best "shit is about to hit the fan" scenes in movie history and I absolutely love it. The touching De Niro & Grodin final scene brings a happy tear to my eye every time I see it. Love it.
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