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!!
“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,…
So i actually heard from this movie for the first time not that long ago, everybody seemed to love this movie, people were saying that this was some the best stuff DeNiro did in his career and that was what got my attention. So i went into this movie, with high hopes but small expectations, because i am not a big fan of these cop movies from the 80´s but i still gave it a chance.
Midnight Run is directed by Martin Brest and it stars Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano and Philip Baker Hall.
"An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail."
De Niro and Charles Grodin have the most entertaining chemistry on screen. A delightful comedy portraying an accidental, unusual and beautiful relationship becoming a friendship. I later showed this movie to my mother, she became a fan as well.
After viewing Martin Brest's Midnight Run, I think Robert De Niro has officially had too many "tour de force" performances to count. between Scorses's mob pictures, to his work in his immensely underrated directorial debut A Bronx Tale, Raging Bull, and now Midnight Run, the man consistently knows how to take his characters and make them not only fleshed-out and real but also infuse some exceptional character acting skills in there as well. With Midnight Run, he shows incredible leverage and energy as the main character, which is somewhat expected and equally unexpected given his age and his line of roles.
De Niro is only assisted by the likes of people like Charles Grodin, writer George Gallo, and director Martin…
So what did I do this Valentine's Day?...Nothing. Instead I watched Midnight Run. Could be worse, right? I could have watched something like You've Got Mail (Not a bad movie btw) and have Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan really rub it in that I'm single. Bastards.
As it turns out, a date with De Niro is an excellent way to cure your valentine's blues. Of course, it could have been better; I actually hope to spend it with someone next year, and not Bob. Failing that, I'll probably just watch a film with Emma Watson in, and then I can say "I spent Valentine's Day with Emma Watson."
Unless, of course, by some divine intervention, I am actually going out with Emma Watson next year...(I'm allowed to dream.)
Hadn't seen this one in ages. Very underrated flick. Constant laughs, and the cast, especially De Niro and Grodin, is great all around. Highly recommended.
Post terrifying Taxi De Niro but Pre-Stupid modern De Niro takes planes, trains, cars, rivers, and more planes on his way to smoking a carton of cigarettes and using pay phones in an effort to prove the 80s existed. A fun and oddly touching great and terrible road buddy movie. B
One of the few movies where DeNiro, with help by a fun script and a great partner to play with, is very funny.
An 80's flick that doesn't scream "It's the 80's! 25 years later. (Barring the many scenes of people smoking in office buildings, diners and airports.) Fantastic, witty script and great performances by a great cast of character actors, backing up a superb double-team of De Niro and Grodin mean this flick is as great a watch as it ever was.
Midnight Run has a strange addictive quality. A brilliant film that works with repeated viewings.
An all time favourite.
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