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Midnight Madness (1980)

Leon planned "The Great Allnighter" by picking college students to participate in his night long scavenger hunt. The five teams, each designated by colors white (nerds who hate green),green... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Larson - Yellow Team Leader
Debra Clinger ...
Laura - Yellow Team
David Damas ...
Marvin - Yellow Team
Harold - Blue Team Leader
Patricia Alice Albrecht ...
Lucille - Blue Team
Melio - Blue Team
Barf - Blue Team
Joel Kenney ...
Flynch - Yellow Team (as Joel P. Kenney)
Blade - Blue Team
Donna - Red Team Leader
Robyn Petty ...
Berle - Red Team
Betsy Lynn Thompson ...
Peggy - Red Team
Carol Gwynn Thompson ...
Lulu - Red Team
Wesley - White Team Leader


Leon planned "The Great Allnighter" by picking college students to participate in his night long scavenger hunt. The five teams, each designated by colors white (nerds who hate green),green (meat machine who hate red), red (sorority sisters who hate green), yellow (good guys who play fair), and blue (cheaters who hate yellow) are given clues to solve, leading them to the next clue site hidden in the city. Michael J. Fox plays Scott,the younger brother,in his movie debut. Written by Evan Shenkman <ejs15@cornell.edu>

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The most fun you'll ever have...in the dark See more »


Family | Comedy


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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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The All-Night Treasure Hunt  »

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Did You Know?


Paul Reubens (better known as Pee-Wee Herman) has a small part as the "Pinball City Proprietor." Other cameos include John Fiedler as Wally Thorpe, one of the other tenants, and Marvin Kaplan as the Bonaventure Desk Clerk. See more »


Leon is clearly frightened when his superintendent threatens to evict him, indicating that he doesn't have a great deal of money. However, he has the resources to (among other things) rig a bank's announcement board, sneak a toy piano exhibit into a museum, pay several workers to arrange a large drawing at a brewery, place a message on a restaurant's announcement board, paint a large sign at a miniature golf course, rent five lockers at an airport, rig a fortune-telling machine and do a complicated reprogramming job on a video-game, and book a room at a midrange hotel. See more »


Lucille: Harold, how long are you gonna keep driving around without knowing where we're going?
Harold: Barf, have you finished unscrambling those letters yet?
Barf: [finishes unscrambling letters] Fagabeefe? Haha. Fagabeefe. Hey, Melio - fagabeefe.
Harold: [shouts] *Shut up*!
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Crazy Credits

Michael J. Fox is listed as Michael Fox in the opening credits and Michael J. Fox in the end credits. See more »


Features Supêsu Inbêdâ (1978) See more »


Don't Know Why I Came
Written by David Wechter and Julius Wechter
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Meat Machine
22 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can i say about this movie that hasn't been said hundreds of times before? It's an American Classic. It has spawned dozens of imitators. Or none. Midnight Madness is one of kind. From the ridiculous opening montage/music to the Bonaventure HOtel, I was hooked. Leon made us all feel so young and carefree. One question though, how did he have those two hot hookers with him all the time? And how did have the time/money to arrange such an event? The cast is top notch. David Naughton is at his best here. His tight yellow sweatshirt is disturbing. His little brother Michael J Fox(in his first starring role), is a real brat. There is also Naughton's love interest and a dork and the obligatory black dude in a fisherman's hat on the yellow team. Michael J Fox does bad things like try and steal cups of beer at the Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery and runs away to Flounder's van. Flounder's team gives us the most comedy. What exactly is the deal with the blond on that team? Is she dating Flounder? Or Melio? Or Blade? Yes, the Mexican gentleman's name is blade. The other guy on the Flounder team has the best lines of the movie, i won't pomp them here. The Meat Machine team is a bunch of drunks. My personal favorite is Armpit. But the silent black man is great too. The other two teams are 4 nerds and 4 lesbians(two of which are 450 lb twins).

You know the ending from the start. But that doesn't matter. This is the 80's me-genre at its finest. Don't rent this one, BUY it. and Buy it now.

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