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.
Now here come two words for you: De Niro's best '80s movie.
Next time I'm on a plane I'm gonna be like "these things go down, these things go down! They're too big!"
The bounty hunter version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Toller alter "Action"-Film mit einer wirklich durchdachten cleveren Story.
Wow.... Robert DeNiro's sarcastic dialogues, Both lead characterisation... Really watched this comedy crime travel gangster movie with fun....
Amazing story/script, great fun performances, wonderful score, and just an all around blast, this movie has now entered my top 25 favorite films of all time for sure.
Såg den trøtt. Burde vere rett opp i mi gate, men den var ikkje så stram og disiplinert som eg skulle ønske. Og den syns den er meir morsom enn den er.
Filmspotting Pantheon homework.
What a film! That is all
Surprise mvp: Dennis Farina.
This is a perfect film. I cannot find a fault in it. I'm not even looking for one, but when the end credits rolled for what must be my 10+ viewing, I was filled with that rare feeling when having watched a feature film: being 100% satisfied.
Bruce Willis in the role of the embezzler wouldn't have worked as well with De Niro as did the chemistry with Grodin, and I'm glad he chose to do Die Hard instead. De Niro and Grodin make for the perfect odd couple on the road and on the run from the law, with a brilliant cast, every one of them making the most and best from each scene, in a script brilliantly pieced…
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…