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Midnight Run (1988)

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Foronjy ...
Robert Miranda ...
Jack Kehoe ...
Jerry Geisler
Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis ...
Bus Ticket Clerk
Monroe Bouchet


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Robert De Niro has to get the FBI off his case, the mob off his trail, and Charles Grodin off his back! See more »


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Release Date:

20 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuga a la medianoche  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,506,290, 20 July 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Albert Brooks turned down the part of Jonathan Mardukas. See more »


When Jack Walsh and the Duke arrive in Los Angeles from Las Vegas the airplane they are leaving is a wide-body L-1011, probably TWA. The L-1011 would not be used on such a short haul flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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The best film i have ever had the pleasure to witness
1 June 2010 | by See all my reviews


I actually created an account merely for the purposes of composing a review for this film.

I wont waste everyones time with describing the plot and/or what occurs in this film as there as hundreds of numerous other reviews which do just that.

I will begin with what i believe is what makes a good film...

Far too often i find that in the current climate so much of a film is devoted to CG and "plasticity", if such a word exists, but i suspect that you all know what i mean.

Not a lot of what one see's these days is actually devoted to the testament of a good actor, and when this is recognised and witnessed, it is quite an achievement.

The reason that this film is such an accomplishment is down to the fact that from beginning to end it is a display of everything that a film should be and all that makes a film good and worthwhile watching.

From the start to the finish this film is graced with a good storyline and FANTASTIC acting throughout, even though i could never associate with how any of these characters would feel being put in their situations every scene makes you believe that is believable.

Deniro (Jack Walsh)and Grodin (Jonathan Mardukas) are an unsuspected but utterly fantastic combination of 2 characters making this film simply come to life in ways that other films can only hope to strive to achieve, coupled with John Ashton (Marvin) and Dennis Farina (Serano), this makes for a cast that delivers one of the best screen performances individually and as a group that i have ever witnessed.

Every scene has meaning and relevance, even scenes that are aired for comic intent solely but still achieving more than that.

These days many people are bored by watching actors "act" and simply want whizz and bang and fizz and pop and bells and whistles attached and i suspect it has led to a significant increase in the dumbing down of (hollywood) cinema.

Directors and actors should take a page out of the book of this film and realise and re-embrace what is truly needed for a film to stand out regardless of a (suspected) dumbed down audience that exists these days. If people are too stupid and ignorant to be able to follow a plot then they deserve the drivel that is put on the big screen but i suspect that the majority of people still want a good film, and apologies for digressing from the point but this film is it.

Funny and serious all rolled into one from the offset and grittily realistic and truthful and insightful into how people really are.

Some of the one liners alone are simply hilarious;

"Marvin look out!" "Well i've got 2 words for you, Shut the %$£& up" "96 bottles of beer on the wall" "Would you ever have $£X with a chicken Jack?" "Watch your cigarette with this one Jack!" "Did you do the litmus configuration?"

In summary, this film is what makes a film worthwhile watching, fantastic acting, plot, and cast to mention but a few positive aspects of.

Considering you can probably purchase this film delivered for less that £4 ($5-6) these days you really would be a fool to miss out.

Finally, i have not to this day watched a film so many numerous times that i can still watch and laugh at a gag i have heard many times before. Every time i watch this film something new presents itself to me.

Put simply one of the best films i have ever seen and anyone who considers themselves a seasoned avid film watcher would regard this simply film genius and poetry in motion.

You WILL relish every minute of this film i suspect, so enjoy! :)

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