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!!
A quite ridiculous and most certainly very eighties action-comedy with a good cast and some great running gags. It improves as it goes along, and has some drab moments, but the bond between De Niro and Grodin solidifies very well and they become a likable enough duo you don't want the film to end.
As I said though, the set-up is a little rushed, then the transition into the second act is somewhat slow and not as funny as the rest of the film. Danny Elfman's soundtrack is pretty awful too - resoundingly wacky and over the top, it sometimes consumes the humour in the scene. I must say, too, that easily the best…
“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,…
"Hope it's a wonderful coffee shop."
One of the weirdest and most entertaining ways to examine the midlife crisis of an American male as he tries to put the pieces of his life together and figure out what exactly he wants and what exactly he is. Great performances and smart writing keep this hopping all the way through.
charles grodin is like the robert deniro of being charles grodin.
Even though it was both a critical and commercial success at the time of its release, compared to other movies of the genre released around the same time (e.g. Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon), Midnight Run isn't as often mentioned as one of the greatest buddy action films of the '80s. I would go so far as to say that this is the definitive action-comedy from the '80s.
Robert De Niro in arguably his best comedic role stars in this film alongside a fantastic Charles Grodin, and they were absolutely fantastic together. It features some hysterically funny and clever dialogues. Moreover, the plot was brilliantly constructed and as an action film it also delivers. Worth-mentioning that the ending was simply perfect.
Overall, Midnight Run is one of my favorite movies from the 1980s, as simple as that.
De Niro and Grodin have such great chemistry.
Two great actors inhabiting great characters in a surprising-just-often-enough-to-hold-your-interest story assembled by a confident director. I'm not sure what else can possibly be said about this... but then, I've only seen it once, and I gather that it's the kind of movie that becomes more mythical, important, and defining with each viewing.
Once upon a time Robert De Niro was the coolest MF around. I miss those days.
More a comfortable film than a great film
A surprisingly fun movie about Robert de Niro doing his tough guy bit until some whiny asshole makes hims stop.
Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin show that great actors can elevate crummy material. They play their roles so perfectly and are the sole reason why the film works. De Niro plays the tough and sarcastic boundary hunter with just a hint of sadness and regret. Charles Grodin is the more outgoing and deadpan but there is an admirable degree of sincerity to him. They both hit just the right notes to antagonizing each other while also slowly building admiration and respect which bonds them together. All of that ends up taking the form of some great on screen interactions and is the source of what makes Midnight Run fun to watch.
But other than that Midnight Run is a…
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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