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.
Really well plotted and hilarious buddy comedy. Easily the best of de Niro as a comedian by a large margin. The timing of everything is just completely impeccable, with all the beats nailed so well. And even the little family detour in the middle was genuinely moving and touching. Way, way more people need to see this.
I'm naming my next band The Litmus Configuration.
I really miss the DeNiro who tried.
This movie begins my voyage through movies of yesteryear, starting with all of the the earliest movies on my letterboxd watch list - forming a list 25 movies long - movies of 10 or more years old (some are more than 50 years old). For short: "My 25>10 list".
Movie #1. Robert De Niro displays his multidimensional character superbly in this chase movie. I was expecting De Niro to play the tough role (who does it better?) but was not prepared for his soft heart.
I also wasn't expecting to laugh quite so hard. Over-the-top exaggeration can be so tedious in movies. In this movie it was an art!
Well known actors sometimes require years to polish their trade. I have never seen De Niro better. I'm not sure I've ever seen him smoke so many cigarettes either. I was almost certain I was picking up second hand smoke through the screen of my television!
A great example of doing a thing everyone else has done, but doing it better than anyone else. The dialog snaps and grooves. The characters move and shake and shimmy. Every one of them shines.
It's an odd-couple "wunza" comedy (one's a skip trace, one's a bailjumper) with perfect casting across the board and clever machinations. Just a joy to revisit.
"Congratulations, another crime". Great chemistry between Grodin and De Niro, slightly overlong but always entertaining.
Next to Planes Trains and Lethal Weapon this could be the best buddy ever made. De Niro and Groden are perfectly matched and I could watch them argue and fight forever. The movie is consistently hilarious and has a surprisingly emotional core. If you haven't seen it, watch it now.
Midnight Run is the story of a bounty hunter (played by Robert DeNiro) who has to transport an accountant who used to work for the mob (played by Charles Grodin) across the country. Along the way they struggle with the Feds who want the accountant as a witness, the mob who want to kill him, and another bounty hunter who wants to steal the bounty. It's a real comedy of errors as everything seems to go wrong on their journey, yet through luck they manage to keep breaking free. Of course the 2 main characters also have polar opposite personalities, so it becomes a bit of a buddy cop film as well, because they have to learn to work together…
Martin Brest's "Midnight Run" is like a Whopper Jr. from Burger King. It's good, but not all that filling. "Midnight Run" is fast paced, has a beating heart and Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin have a nice time on screen.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…