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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

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

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Family | Comedy

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

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The All-Night Treasure Hunt  »

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Trivia

Originally titled "The All Night Treasure Hunt", the title was changed to avoid confusion with Scavenger Hunt (1979) See more »

Goofs

When Harold types the first clue into the computer, his hand movements over the keyboard don't even come close to matching the words appearing on the screen. See more »

Quotes

Leon: See you at the finish line... wherever that may be.
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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 »

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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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Someone New
Written by David Wechter and Julius Wechter
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Good clean fun that won't make your brain hurt.
29 August 2002 | by (Waterford, MI) – See all my reviews

I watched this film for the first time not too long ago. What I found was a nostalgia trip to the early eighties with the extremely "happy" disco laden theme song and the 2 roller skating beauties with nice "smiles" in the opening credits. There was an innocence and sense of fun to this movie that is lacking in today's movies. The film doesn't try to be too clever for it's own good or cynical which I actually found to be refreshing.

The plot centers around a scavenger hunt around L.A. set up by a future Bill Gates type named Leon who is adorned by his lovely assistants. The invitees for this challenge are 5 color coded groups representing every campus comedy stereotype (Jocks, Nerds, Alienated girls, the protagonists and the villains). They find themselves at Griffith Observatory, a Video arcade and the Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery among other places hunting down clues to get them to the next location and ultimately the big prize that awaits them at the end. The film loses its campy momentum when it addresses the big brother-little brother issue between David Naughton and Michael J. Fox, these actors play extremely bland characters compared to the madcap supporting cast.

I found myself smiling and even chuckling in parts although the film was predictable, contrived not to mention, dated but upbeat and entertaining all the same.

It's good to be entertained and not have your brain taxed every now and again in this day and age of cynicism and self-referential smugness which runs in abundance in today's cinema.

This is the perfect antidote to the dark malaise seen in too many films now.


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