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.
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!
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,…
This movie is neither wacky or mean enough to be what I want it to be.
Come for the story,
Stay for characters, retain
The great chemistry.
With the recent release (and critical booing) of "Hot Pursuit", I found it fitting to check out the "opposites on the road" buddy movie that supposedly sets the bar for this subgenre. Is it the classic everyone says it is? Not really. Maybe it would have made that impression on me as an adult moviegoer in 1988. However, the movie is still really good. Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin play off one another well, and the predictable, budding friendship does come off as believable.
Should be the blueprint for every buddy road movie. De Niro and Grodin are just perfect together
Midnight Run is about a bounty hunter. The film is made of corn and cheese. The routine becomes tiresome. The two lead actors are pretty darn good. The ending is tacky but fine. Available on Netflix DVD, Midnight Run may be skipped, but seems like a popular film worth checking out.
DVD Combo Pack: Nothing to Lose
Could it actually be that I was a mere 23 ish, recently married, graduated and in the workforce when Midnight Run entered my world? Well how I've aged since then. Masterpieces don't, part of what defines them as such. If rewatching Midnight Run was just an exercise in nostalgia, I think it would be obvious. Anachronisms would pop, soundtrack and lensing would jar. None of this happens. Robert De Niro is flawless (bang in the middle of his genius phase) in essaying a hardened and embittered ex-cop with a roughly concealed and heartbreaking humanity. Charles Grodin the perfect foil, sardonic, gently eccentric, and unexpectedly cunning. It's his best work. The comedy in the truth of their relationship is unique in…
I certainly appreciate a time when things are simpler.
A bounty hunter plied his trade using phone booth and smoking is readily acceptable in public places (though I certainly championed the choice of a smoke-free environment).
Data is still stored in floppy disc which we all know by now corrupt easily.
Martin Brest's 1988 bromance crime adventure certainly struck a level of chemistry between the 2 leads played by Bob De Niro and Charles Grodin.
De Niro's disgraced cop, Jack was hitting the jackpot with a certain bounty played by Grodin, an accountant who held trade secrets of a mafia boss and been blackmailing him.
De Niro, despite all gruffed and unkempt, seems to be in great shape and never…
It's just really nice to watch this movie and to understand that Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin are going to be friends forever and maybe JUST maybe everything is going to be ok.
Get a room already!
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…