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,…
“This calls for a celebration. I’ll get some donuts.”
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…
Grodin's charm was growing thin at this point in the 80s, but this movie capitalizes on how annoying he was too. It's a good action comedy, and I enjoyed it.
Here’s how you set up a MacGuffin: Put the hero on the case (with promises that it’s an easy job, naturally). Then start introducing all the other parties who happen to be interested in the MacGuffin as well: Jack gets a visit from the FBI, Jack gets a visit from the mob boss’s underlings.
Also, notice how well the first 10-15 minutes establish two characters we have yet to see: “The Duke” - we know he stole from a mobster, he’s supposedly giving the money away and sending postcards to brag about it, and everybody wants a piece of him. And the mobster himself - he has a history with Jack, he needs The Duke dead, and he’s powerful enough…
Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin were perfect in this feel good movie! also a good role for Yapphet Kotto! Great action!
Not bad. Decent story structure, well developed characters. My favorite part was when the Duke asks Jack: "Why he would you do something that you know isn't good for you?"
There are movies that teach you to look on life in a whole new way. They unveil to you greater depths of spiritual understanding and impress upon your soul heart-wrenchingly beautiful scenes.
This is not one of those movies.
What it is, however, is a whole lot of fun. In many ways, Midnight Run is an oversized parody of other 80's buddy flicks.
Robert De Niro, in a unique turn, plays John Wesley "Jack" Walsh, a down-on-his-luck, smart-aleck bounty hunter. Charles Grodin is a mild-mannered embezzler, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas, on the run for breaking bond.
Promised $100,000 if he brings in Mardukas by midnight on Friday, Jack Walsh quickly finds and apprehends him in New York. The Duke's aviaphobia…
Considered a classic, Midnight Run may have a few surprise up it's sleeve, but the whole film lacks a proper amount of personality to elevate it above a typical crime caper despite the fun leads and the tight plot.
A very long, very funny cigarette commercial.
The best thing about Martin Brest's Midnight Run is the chemistry that the central characters and De Niro and Gordin share. And it is this chemistry that makes Midnight Run one of the best buddy films even after 26 years!
"Hope it's a wonderful coffee shop."
One of the weirdest and most entertaining ways to examine the midlife crisis of an American male as he tries to put the pieces of his life together and figure out what exactly he wants and what exactly he is. Great performances and smart writing keep this hopping all the way through.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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