A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
What's cool about Midnight Run is it's one of the best buddy cop movies to not have one of the leads play an actual cop at the time. Robert De Niro is the ex-cop turned bounty hunter hired by Joey Pants to find mob accountant / bail jumper Charles Grodin. Not only is the mob chasing De Niro and Grodin, but the FBI is paying close attention too. Throw in another reckless renegade bounty hunter out to steal De Niro's bounty, and you know you're in for a wild ride.
Midnight Run works because of the natural chemistry between De Niro and Grodin. De Niro is the Raging Bull, but Grodin steals the show. He's neurotic and quirky. Every word…
Arguably the most inspired comic pairing of all time, and Brest deserves enormous credit for insisting on Grodin even at the cost of scuttling his initial studio deal. (I might eventually devote a Scenic Routes column to the Duke's impersonation of Mosely at the bar, a scene in which every laugh is inspired solely by Grodin's delivery and timing—not a single line is even remotely funny on paper.) At the same time, though, the film works so well in large part because De Niro, still a decade or so away from the laziness that now mostly defines him, takes his role utterly seriously. One need only look at We're No Angels, made the following year, to see how broad…
"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.
Such a simple word. Compact and direct. One of those rare words that guarantees a reaction when used in conversation. We say it in anger, lust, jest, and sometimes just because it feels good. We all drop a ''fuck'' from time to time. But just like anything else in the world, there are amateurs and then there are professionals. Well, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. is a fucking professional. And if ''fucks'' were home runs he'd be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
MIDNIGHT RUN is masterpiece of tough guy vulgarity. It's also really, really funny. A burned-out bounty hunter (De Niro) scores $100,000 if he can drag a wise-ass criminal (Grodin) back to L.A. in five days. On…
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…
"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."
A literally perfect action-comedy. Also, please Martin Brest, come back to Hollywood, you are greatly missed.
This is A grade comfort food for me and the last thing DeNiro did that I really responded to. The direction is crisp, to the point and low key and this makes a perfect double bill with Martin Brest's other great eighties movie, Beverly Hills Cop. The writing is smart and boisterous, but also gives the actors room to improvise.
The cast is pitch perfect, the comedy team of DeNiro and Grodin is hugely inspired and ultimately very moving and they are surrounded by a terrific mixture of familiar character actors - I particularly responded to Yaphet Kotto's deadpan FBI man and John Ashton's slightly dim witted bounty hunter.
The great camera work, stunt work and Danny Elfman's joyous piano and brass score are just the icing on the cake.
An underrated masterpiece.
The best road trip, anti-buddy fugitive movie in the history of ever.
The amount of profanity and chain smoking in this, a studio comedy, is spectacular.
God the music is awful.
I keep saying that this is my favorite Charles Grodin role, but I may be forgetting about The Great Muppet Caper. Regardless, Grodin is awesome in this and I could watch him needle Robert De Niro into being a better person all day. A fun, buddy/road-trip movie.
Perfect casting, and just a really fun movie. The soundtrack couldn't be more 80's which I usually find really cheesy, but I actually didn't mind it in this.
Weird footnote, I've watched 2 Phillip Baker Hall movies this week and both characters are named Sydney.
Applause! It's that kind of 3,5 star movie, that makes you feel better than a lot of too serious, highly intellectual 5 star 'classics'.
I can't remember laughing so much while watching a movie in a long time.
Could have been 20 minutes shorter, but on the other hand i didn't wanna miss one scene.
Hats off to all the actors and in my opinion it's one of De Niro's best performances, similar to 'King of Comedy'.
Seriously, fuck you, Marvin!
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