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Midnight Madness (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 8 February 1980 (USA)
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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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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The All-Night Treasure Hunt  »

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In the scene in which Harold's team interrogates Scott in the van, Andy Tennant, who played "Melio," was sick with the flu and had a fever of over 103 degrees F. See more »


In Pinball City, there are several mentions of putting quarters into the machines - the yellow team is even shown getting change and putting quarters in the Star Fire game - despite "TOKENS ONLY" signs on all the walls. 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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Michael J. Fox is listed as Michael Fox in the opening credits and Michael J. Fox in the end credits. See more »


Referenced in The Game (1997) See more »


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A Classic Guilty Pleasure
19 May 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

They don't make movies like this anymore – though some may say that's a good thing. Although this was amongst the first of Disney's PG rated films, it has more of the feel of the G films their studio turned out in the‘70s (i.e. "Freaky Friday," "The World's Greatest Athlete") than the PG films that came out in the early ‘80s (i.e. "Watcher in the Woods," "Tron," "Something Wicked This Way Comes"). Because of Disney's backing, "Midnight Madness" obviously had a large budget. A huge cast and a ton of diverse locations go to show that. But zaniness, a madcap scavenger hunt, and spectacular visual style weren't enough to save the film from being an enormous flop... A failure at the box office, most of us were introduced to the film on HBO in the early ‘80s, back in the days when the same films would be shown 29 times a week (Oh, wait – they still do that!). Essentially HBO did for this film what CBS did for "The Wizard of Oz" – they created an enormous cult audience for a sugary-sweet mega-flop....

The biggest problem that makes this a "bad" film is that there's too many characters and very few of them are fleshed out – Eddie Deezen's "squad" don't even have names! The blue team, although they're the villains, are the most endearing and have the most work put into their characters (with the exception of the girl, who can't act & doesn't have enough to do). Harold, perfectly played to the hilt by Stephen Furst, is really the only one whose character is fully realized in the film. The other standout character is goof-off Melio, played with tons of charm by now-director Andy Tennant. Although then-Dr. Pepper spokesman David Naughton was supposed to be the star, his character often comes off obnoxious, particularly when pitted against his brother Adam, Michael J. Fox. While everyone has favorite characters, I don't think anyone who loves the movie could disagree that Furst and Fox are the only two characters that you really learn anything about.

Despite the film's many flaws and bad actors (most of whom fell off the face of the earth after this movie) it still works because the actors appeared to be having fun -- and fun on the set equals fun on the screen. Come on, what college jock doesn't dream of floating around in a beer vat and what zoftig girl doesn't dream of stealing the show at the local discotech... er... I guess it would be at a rave nowadays... Campy, squeaky-clean fun for anyone who was young in the ‘70s & ‘80s, it's only fitting that this has finally gotten the massive video release that it deserves. But where the hell's the widescreen DVD release with the commentary, trailer and the full version of the song that plays in the disco?

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