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Midnight Madness -- A genius grad student organizes an all-night treasure hunt.


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Release Date:
8 February 1980 (USA) See more »
A Wacky College Adventure See more »
Leon planned "The Great Allnighter" by picking college students to participate in his night long scavenger hunt... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Naughton ... Adam Larson - Yellow Team Leader
Debra Clinger ... Laura - Yellow Team
David Damas ... Marvin - Yellow Team

Michael J. Fox ... Scott Larson (as Michael Fox)

Stephen Furst ... Harold - Blue Team Leader
Patricia Alice Albrecht ... Lucille - Blue Team

Andy Tennant ... Melio - Blue Team

Brian Frishman ... Barf - Blue Team
Joel Kenney ... Flynch - Yellow Team (as Joel P. Kenney)

Sal Lopez ... Blade - Blue Team

Maggie Roswell ... Donna - Red Team Leader
Robyn Petty ... Berle - Red Team
Betsy Lynn Thompson ... Peggy - Red Team
Carol Gwynn Thompson ... Lulu - Red Team

Eddie Deezen ... Wesley - White Team Leader
Marvin Katzoff ... Debater #1 - White Team
Christopher Sands ... Debater #2 - White Team
Michael Gitomer ... Debater #3 - White Team
Brad Wilkin ... Lavitas - Green Team Leader

Dirk Blocker ... Blaylak - Green Team
Curt Ayers ... Armpit - Green Team
Trevor Henley ... Cudzo - Green Team
Keny Long ... Gerber - Green Team
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Grimhaus
Alan Solomon ... Leon
Deborah Richter ... Candy (as Debi Richter)
Kirsten Baker ... Sunshine

John Fiedler ... Wally Thorpe
Ceil Gabot ... Mrs. Thorpe
Charlie Brill ... Jerry - Tenant #1
Loretta Tupper ... Mr. Thorpe's Mother
Eddie Bloom ... Game Control Bookie
Dave Shelley ... Harold's Father

Marvin Kaplan ... Bonaventure Desk Clerk
Bert Williams ... Security Captain
Arthur Adams ... Police Sergeant
Thomas Wright ... Cop #1 (as Tom Wright)
Elven Havard ... Cop #2
Ernie Fuentes ... Miniature Golf Dad
Pilar Del Rey ... Miniature Golf Mom (as Pillar Del Rey)
Georgia Schmidt ... Old Lady in Car
J. Brennan Smith ... Bratty Kid
Don Maxwell ... Bratty Kid's Dad

Paul Reubens ... Pinball City Proprietor
John Voldstad ... Bellboy
Jack Griffin ... Tow Truck Driver
Dick Winslow ... Tourist
Emily Greer ... Teenage Girl #1
Paula Victor ... Cashier
Tony Salome ... Irving
Donna Garrett ... Busty Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Devis

Directed by
Michael Nankin 
David Wechter 
Writing credits
David Wechter (written by) and
Michael Nankin (written by)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... producer
Original Music by
Julius Wechter 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
Film Editing by
Norman R. Palmer 
Jack Sekely 
Production Design by
John B. Mansbridge 
Makeup Department
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Henderson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Gossom .... assistant director
David Kahler .... second assistant director
Donald Newman .... second assistant director (as Don Newman)
Art Department
Bob McLing .... property master
Sound Department
Art Names .... sound mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danny Lee .... special effects
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer
Mike Sweeten .... additional photographer
Other crew
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse

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USA:112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Canada:F (Ontario) | Iceland:L | UK:PG (video) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Originally titled "The All Night Treasure Hunt", the title was changed to avoid confusion with Scavenger Hunt (1979)See more »
Plot holes: 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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Guilty Pleasure, 19 May 2002
Author: TelevisionJunkie from Texas

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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