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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.
"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 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,…
This makes me want to make a buddy comedy
How Robert De Niro went from making films like this to Dirty Grandpa (2016), I'll never know...
Midnight Run is a quintessential road movie. The film is essentially one big cross-country chase filled with lots of action, lots of big laughs and even some surprisingly touching insights into human nature. It's like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) blended with a edgy crime thriller, but without sacrificing any of the humour or the heart.
The interplay between De Niro, the tough ex-cop-turned-bounty hunter, and Grodin, the sensitive criminal who wont shut up, is golden; it keeps the movie just as awake and as entertaining as when the explosions, helicopter chases and other various vehicle shenanigans are occurring. There is literally not one…
This is without question, my favorite movie of all time.
One helluva buddy movie. The chemistry between De Niro and Grodin is wonderful.
The writing is superb, the dialogue between the two leads is stellar and is a such delight to listen to. Respect to George Gallo.
Most of the side characters in this are just as funny to watch as the leading pair, due in no small part to the amazing casting of those characters.
The movie transitions smoothly from road trip-esque scenes where Jack is escorting"The Duke" back to L.A. to collect the bounty on his head to scenes where the duo have to outrun gangsters and the FBI.
I love, love, LOVE this movie. Midnigth Run is (this is cliche, but...) a joy from start to finish.
This was a lot of fun and has been on my list to see forever. Charles Grodin is great, as is the rest of the cast (Yaphet Kotto! John Ashton! Dennis Farina! Joe Pants!). It suffers only a tiny bit from the 80's, but it's an easy trade off for a good De Niro comedy.
I celebrated the release of what is apparently DeNiro's worst comedy by watching his best. I feel comfortable with this choice.
Comfy film. Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin make a great duo and the soundtrack is pretty good.
Simple one of the Best. Best of the all times. DeNiro is very good.
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