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Midnight Run (1988)

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Richard Foronjy ...
Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda ...
Joey
Jack Kehoe ...
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Gail
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Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis ...
John Toles-Bey ...
Monroe Bouchet
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Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taking The Midnight Run Is A Hell Of A Way To Make A Living See more »


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20 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Fuga a la medianoche  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,413,606 (USA)
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Trivia

The boxcar scene where Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and John Mardukas (Charles Grodin) discuss whether or not they could ever be friends, was almost entirely improvised on set. As regards Grodin's famous, "You ever had sex with an animal, Jack?" line, he was told by director Martin Brest to come up with something that was guaranteed to make even Robert De Niro laugh. See more »

Goofs

A clock in the background LA airport shows the time as 12:30. Shortly after, we hear that it's 11:35. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Jack trying to pick door lock. He drops one of his picks. When he bends over to pick it up, a gun shot is fired through the door, right where his head had been previously]
Jack Walsh: Shit!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Robert De Niro's name is spelled Robert DeNiro. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Eggs (2003) See more »

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A Masterpiece
10 March 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One of the smartest, funniest, and exciting buddy pictures ever made. It has never received the wonderful attention it justly deserves. The performances by the two leads (De Niro and Grodin) are wonderful and they get outstanding support from Joe Pantolino, Dennis Farina, and Yaphet Kotto. But what separates this picture from all the other action / comedies ever made is that the screenplay is so sharp and original. Easily my all time favorite movie - you know how I know that? I must have seen "Midnight Run" at least thirty times and every time I see it, it gets better and better. A true film classic and is getting rereleased on DVD in June of 2003.


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