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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.
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…
Of all the mismatched buddy, jaunty theme tuned 80s action comedies...
...this is the most mismatched, most jaunty and most fun of them all!!
The farther away from this we get, the more this feels like an anomalous miracle. I wish that wasn't the case.
"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."
"Jack, you're a grown man. You're in control of your own words."
"You're goddamn right I am. Now here come two words for you: Shut the fuck up."
I avoided this movie early on because I find Charles Grodin annoying, but now that I've finally seen it, I'm annoyed with myself for avoiding it. Midnight Run is pretty damn funny and includes Dennis Farina, Yaphet Kotto and Joey Pants, three of my all-time favorite character actors.
Charles Grodin is an accountant who skipped bail and disappeared. Robert De Niro's been given the contract to bring him back for $100000. That's the general plot. That's all you need to know. Just sit back, relax and let the fun run its course.
I miss Dennis Farina. That guy could really play a mobster...
Hard to believe I never saw this before. Great little film.
Robert DeNiro is a bounty hunter who has been hired to bring in Charles Grodin's altruistic embezzler, who has stolen millions from a Las Vegas crime boss and given it to charity. A rival bounty hunter, mob goons and FBI agents are also after him. The way in which these various elements cross paths and converge for a suspenseful finale is just one of the marvels of this well-constructed script. The interplay between DeNiro and Grodin is even more wonderful. There are no jokes here, but the two characters are so well-drawn and mismatched that the laughs are inherent in the situation. The two lead actors do masterful jobs and develop a chemistry that pushes this film toward the top of my list of favorite movies.
In my top 20. This movie kicked off my appreciation for Grodin and was responsible for me asking for (and getting) Grodins book "It Would Be So Nice if You Werent Here" for my... 12th birthday? Watched it again 3-4 weeks ago, this movie is evergreen.
This movie is the best possible version of itself it could possibly be. It's a dull, uncreative premise with a good script and fantastic execution, particularly by the cast.
De Niro and Grodin are great together, terrific dynamic. Farina is fantastic as Serrano, and Kotto as Mosely. Great rod trip action-comedy. Some excellent one-liners.
Interesting that the single most poignant moment in a movie where women only seem to exist as waitresses and cashiers is De Niro's brief encounter with his estranged teenage daughter.
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.
A one-up on the traditiong of a fun buddy cop film, in the style of Shane Black meets Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. De Niro and Grodin are wonderful with a chemistry comparable to Falk and Arkin from The In-Laws, and an amazing ensemble of seedy characters. A must-see if you appreciate the buddy-crime genre.
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