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!!
"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 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.
Bobby aka LEGEND and Grodin have great chemistry between them..The diner sequence was a masterstroke...Nothing new but neither will you be bored! Funny,warm and some great action sequences!
"I can say 'hello' in a lot of different languages. Not yours, but a lot of them."
The quintessential buddy comedy of the 1980’s. Featuring a performance back when he was genuinely trying, De Niro gets to show off his comedy chops bouncing off the hilariously deadpan, Grodin. Both men show remarkable chemistry together as their relationship evolves from mere annoying, mandated companionship, to begrudging respect and loyalty. Kotto also excels in what could just be the “standard law man” role with a job to do and will stop at nothing to see it through.
Second Sight's Blu-ray release this week provided the perfect opportunity to revisit this movie. As I kid, I must have seen it half a dozen times - in fact, I think it was the first movie that got me into Robert De Niro. It's been a while though, but I have to say it's as good now as it ever was.
I've been practising my Charles Grodin styled disapproving glances all week.
My review: blueprintreview.co.uk/2015/04/midnight-run/
So incredibly typically 1980s.
I've had this recorded from the TV, bought on VHS, DVD, and now Blu-ray...
One of my all-time favourite films. I'll never get tired of it because it never gets tired. Perfect.
Jonathan Mardukas: You don't look like an FBI agent to me.
Jack Walsh: Well, you don't look like a duke to me.
The film is still brilliant as ever and hard to believe that it is nearly thirty years old , to me this is my favourite De Niro performance , yes he will be remembered for more high prolife films like Taxi Driver , Goodfellas , Raging Bull and so on and I am not at all knocking them as I truly love all them films but here he shows to me why he is one of the very actors that has been on screen , the range he shows in his performance in the film is…
Midnight Run more than stands the test of time and makes you long for the days where films found a solid character basis to have you invest rather than throwing money at expensive, shallow CGI.
An action-adventure buddy comedy that's a bit heavy on the cliches but compensates for it by not skimping on the characterization or the heart. The secret weapon of this movie is Charles Grodin's key performance.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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