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Midnight Run
     

Midnight Run

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Director: Martin Brest,

Cast: Martin Brest, Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto

 

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Director Martin Brest, of Going in Style and Beverly Hills Cop fame, was in charge of Midnight Run. Robert De Niro stars as Jack Walsh, a hard-bitten bounty hunter offered $100,000 to bring in embezzler Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). Handcuffed to the wimpy Mardukas, Walsh assumes that the extradition trip from New York to Los Angeles will be

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Director Martin Brest, of Going in Style and Beverly Hills Cop fame, was in charge of Midnight Run. Robert De Niro stars as Jack Walsh, a hard-bitten bounty hunter offered $100,000 to bring in embezzler Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). Handcuffed to the wimpy Mardukas, Walsh assumes that the extradition trip from New York to Los Angeles will be an uneventful one. But the prisoner hasn't told Walsh the whole story: the embezzler owes $15 million to a mobster (Dennis Farina), and he's been targeted for assassination. It's a toss-up as to what is the most entertaining aspect of Midnight Run: the slam-bang action and chase sequences or the verbal byplay between DeNiro and Grodin.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
What might have been a run-of-the-mill action/buddy flick becomes a wildly entertaining offbeat comedy thanks to wonderful performances by Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. In a film that is essentially one long chase, BEVERLY HILLS COP director Martin Brest provides plenty of suspenseful and spectacular action sequences involving planes, helicopters, trains, and automobiles. But it's the chemistry between odd couple DeNiro, playing a tough ex-cop turned bounty hunter, and Grodin, a fussy accountant who embezzled millions from the mob, that makes this movie shine. As DeNiro attempts, for a hefty fee, to deliver Grodin from New York to L.A., dodging both the bloodthirsty mob and the FBI, he discovers that the "airplane-phobic" accountant is more of a handful than he bargained for; he and Grodin also discover that they have much more in common than they could ever have imagined. The result is an action movie that transcends its genre, becoming a funny and affecting story about an unlikely friendship.
All Movie Guide
A delightful fusion of a 1980s buddy picture and a wacky Odd Couple-style comedy, Midnight Run's mixture of action and comedy probably most resembles Arthur Hiller's 1979 road comedy The In-Laws. The success of both films depends on the interplay and chemistry between the two bickering leads, in this instance, Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Grodin had long been a comic actor of some acclaim (Heaven Can Wait), but this was De Niro's first mainstream comedy, and he acquitted himself admirably as the irascible bounty hunter sent to pick up Grodin's white-collar embezzler. Working from a clever script by George Gallo, director Martin Brest captures the precise levels of comedy and action that made his prior film, Beverly Hills Cop, such a hit. In Midnight Run, however, Brest allows complex characters to emerge from the set-up, and the film is all the better for the results. De Niro would continue to explore his comic side, to generally positive results, in films such as We're No Angels, Mad Dog and Glory, Wag the Dog, and Analyze This.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0025192274923
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
9,052

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of Midnight Run; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Jack Walsh
Charles Grodin Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas
Yaphet Kotto Alonzo Mosely
John Ashton Marvin Dorfler
Dennis Farina Jimmy Serrano
Joe Pantoliano Eddie Moscone
Richard Foronjy Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda Joey
Jack Kehoe Jerry Geisler
Dale Beard Native American
Joe "Tippy" Zeoli Serrano Bodyguard
Wendy Phillips Gail
Danielle Du Clos Denise
Philip Baker Hall Sidney
Tom McCleister Red Wood
Mary Gillis Bus Ticket Clerk
Thomas J. Hageboeck Sgt. Gooch
Stanley White Stanley
Scott McAfee Boy on Plane
Linda Margules Car Rental Clerk
Lois Smith Mrs. Nelson
Fran Brill Dana Mardukas
Michael D. Gainsborough FBI Surveillance Agent
John Hammil FBI Surveillance Agent
Lou Felder Airline Pilot
Cameron Milzer Stewardess
Sonia M. Roberts Stewardess
Sam Sanders Train Porter
Frank Pesce Carmine
Paul Joseph McKenna Ohio Policeman
Matt Jennings Jason
Rosemarie Murphy Coffee Shop Waitress
Jack N. Young Amarillo Desk Sergeant
Robert Coleman Native American
William Robbins Native American
Wilfred Netsosie Native American
Thomas Nez Native American
Richard Gonzalez Bar Cashier
Bill Fritz Bar Customer
Pete Jensen Flagstaff Police Captain
Andy Charnoki Flagstaff Sheriff
Tracey Walter Diner Counter Man
Robert Vento Serrano Bodyguard
Jim Portese Serrano Bodyguard
Armando Muniz Serrano Bodyguard
Dan York Las Vegas FBI Agent
Rowdy Burdick Las Vegas FBI Agent
Varnoy Lee Airport Porter
Bob Maroff L.A. Taxi Driver
Tom Irwin FBI Agent Perry
Jimmie Ray Weeks FBI Agent Tuttle
John Toles-Bey Monroe Bouchet

Technical Credits
Martin Brest Director,Producer
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Pete Antico Stunts
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
Michael Chinich Casting
Astral Bellevue Pathe Color Cinematographer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Bill Elvin Asst. Director
George Gallo Screenwriter
William S. Gilmore Executive Producer
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Griffin Makeup
Peter Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Chris Lebenzon Editor
James Murakami Art Director
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Glenn H. Randall Stunts
Mario Roberts Stunts
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Michael Tronick Editor
Billy Weber Editor
Dan York Associate Producer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [5:57]
2. The Duke [6:31]
3. Big Score [6:22]
4. I Can't Fly [8:25]
5. Double-Cross [4:57]
6. Train Trouble [7:07]
7. The Boys on the Bus [9:39]
8. Babysitting Money [6:51]
9. Where Are You? [2:14]
10. Chorizo and Eggs [2:19]
11. Target Practice [5:24]
12. Afraid of Flying? [6:54]
13. Litmus Configuration [7:35]
14. Hoboes [5:17]
15. A Merry Chase [5:04]
16. Dealing With the Feds [8:05]
17. The Plan [4:33]
18. The Hand-Off [7:08]
19. Welcome to L.A. [6:00]
20. End Titles [4:50]

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Midnight Run 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like nice actor played ex-cop became Bounty Hunter. he captured the bailed guy. they are more funny, more joke, less mad, and less pyschological like ''All About The Benjamins'' more comedy less drama you will enjoy watch ''Run Midnight''
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my top 5 favorite movies ever. Non stop parade of great one-liners. You'll bust a gut.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big DeNiro fan - who isn't? - because of his acting range. He has such comic timing in this movie that it's not to be missed. The plot of this movie is also good, as is the non-stop action. Some of the one-liners that DeNiro uses, with that straight face of his, are ones that you will quote for the rest of your life. This is one of my all-time favorite comedy AND action movies. Charles Grodin is also great, this movie is just great, I can't express it enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie seemlessly blends action and comedy better than any movie I have ever seen. It is also one of DeNiro's best acting performances. This is one of my all-time favorites. It's a shame more people don't know about it.