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Midnight Run (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  20 July 1988 (USA)
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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 & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Foronjy ...
Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda ...
Jack Kehoe ...
Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis ...
John Toles-Bey ...
Monroe Bouchet


Bounty hunter Jack Walsh is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas. The FBI have 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, 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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A tough bounty hunter. A sensitive criminal. See more »


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Release Date:

20 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuga a la medianoche  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$38,413,606 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In the scene where Marvin is knocked out by Serrano's thugs, the script originally had him killed in that scene. But it was changed because if not for his presence at the climax, it would have wound up a lot less dramatic and suspenseful. See more »


When Jack and John crash the jeep in the desert, and Jack tries to flag down an approaching car, a crew member can be seen sitting behind the passenger seat during the in-car shot as Marvin speaks. See more »


[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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Sheer Excellence
23 October 2005 | by (Warrington, England) – See all my reviews

They don't come any better than Midnight Run. It has everything except a few Academy Awards and that's a mystery in itself. Dialogue, action, comic timing, stunts and all around fabulous acting ability from everyone involved. If you haven't seen this film yet, dig up a copy from somewhere, get a few beers and prepare to be captivated from beginning to end. To think that only 10,000 or so have voted for this film on IMDb and it's not even in the top 250 is a complete travesty. I know, there are other films just as worthy that are not in the top 250 but this is the one that get's me riled up. There are no weak moments or poor scenes in the whole film and the ending is pure joy. Someone please explain why this didn't clean up when it was released because I can't see anything else that came out in '88 that comes close to Midnight Run.

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