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Writer (WGA):
George Gallo (written by)
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20 July 1988 (USA) See more »
A tough bounty hunter. A sensitive criminal. See more »
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Jack Walsh

Charles Grodin ... Jonathan Mardukas

Yaphet Kotto ... Alonzo Mosely

John Ashton ... Marvin Dorfler

Dennis Farina ... Jimmy Serrano

Joe Pantoliano ... Eddie Moscone
Richard Foronjy ... Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda ... Joey
Jack Kehoe ... Jerry Geisler

Wendy Phillips ... Gail

Danielle DuClos ... Denise

Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney

Tom McCleister ... Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis ... Bus Ticket Clerk
John Toles-Bey ... Monroe Bouchet
Thomas J. Hageboeck ... Sergeant Gooch
Stanley White ... Stanley
Scott McAfee ... Boy on Plane
Linda Margules ... Car Rental Clerk

Lois Smith ... Mrs. Nelson
Fran Brill ... Dana Mardukas
Michael Hawkins ... FBI Surveillance Agent #1 (as Michael Gainsborough)
John Hammil ... FBI Surveillance Agent #2
Lou Felder ... Airline Pilot
Cameron Milzer ... Stewardess #1
Sonia M. Roberts ... Stewardess #2
Sam Sanders ... Train Porter

Frank Pesce ... Carmine
Paul Joseph McKenna ... Ohio Policeman
Matt Jennings ... Jason
Rosemarie Murphy ... Coffee Shop Waitress

Jack N. Young ... Amarillo Desk Sergeant
Robert Coleman ... Native American
William Robbins ... Native American
Wilfred Netsosie ... Native American
Sherman L. Robbins ... Native American
Dale Beard Jr. ... Native American
Thomas Nez ... Native American
Richard Gonzalez ... Bar Cashier
Bill Fritz ... Bar Customer
Pete Jensen ... Flagstaff Police Captain
Andy Charnoki ... Flagstaff Sheriff

Tracey Walter ... Diner Counter Man
Robert Vento ... Serrano Bodyguard
Joe 'Tippy' Zeoli ... Serrano Bodyguard

James Portolese ... Serrano Bodyguard (as Jim Portese)
Armando Muniz ... Serrano Bodyguard
Dan York ... Las Vegas FBI Agent #1
Rowdy Burdick ... Las Vegas FBI Agent #2
Varnoy Lee ... Airport Porter
Bob Maroff ... L.A. Taxi Driver

Tom Irwin ... FBI Agent Perry
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... FBI Agent Tuttle (as Jimmy Ray Weeks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Brest ... Airline Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
Lisa Burnett ... Undercover Cop (uncredited)

George Miklos ... Airport Manager (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... No Character Name (uncredited)
Jock L. Schloss ... No Character Name (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Brest 
Writing credits
George Gallo (written by)

Produced by
Martin Brest .... producer
William S. Gilmore .... executive producer
Dan York .... associate producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin (director of photography) (as Donald Thorin)
Film Editing by
Chris Lebenzon 
Michael Tronick 
Billy Weber 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Makeup Department
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist: second unit
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Christine Lee .... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Production Management
Bill Borden .... production supervisor: New Zealand
Margaret Hilliard .... production manager: New Zealand
Larry Powell .... unit production manager
Murray Schwartz .... unit production manager
Jeff Stolow .... production manager: New York (as Jeffrey Stolow)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Denegal .... second assistant director (as Bryan K. Denegal)
Alan Edmisten .... second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director (as Bill Elvin)
Grant Gilmore .... second second assistant director
Vicki Jackson-Lemay .... second assistant director (as Vicki Jackson Lemay)
Britt Lomond .... second assistant director: second unit
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Stan Zabka .... first assistant director: second unit
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
Charles Brescia .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Aaron .... assistant property master
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction foreman
Roger Dietz .... stand-by painter
Emily Ferry .... property master
Peter J. Kelly .... set designer
Donald Krafft .... lead man
Bill Luckey .... assistant property master (as Bil Luckey)
David J. Negron .... production illustrator
Roderick Nunnally .... stand-by painter (as Rod Nunnally)
Roger Pancake .... property master: second unit
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
Mark Wade .... property master
John Ballowe .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mychael Bates .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Christopher Gilman .... props (uncredited)
Sean Haworth .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Greg Knapp .... construction medic (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master: Chicago (uncredited)
Sound Department
Greg Agalsoff .... boom operator
Steve Agalsoff .... cable person
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Rick Alexander .... supervising re-recording mixer
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer
Joel Fein .... sound re-recording mixer (as Joel Fien)
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dan Leahy)
Andy MacDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew McDonald)
Ian MacGregor-Scott .... sound editor
Cindy Marty .... dialogue editor
Andrew Patterson .... sound editor (as Andy G. Patterson)
Christy Richmond .... assistant sound editor
Albert Romero .... sound recordist (as Albert L. Romero)
David Spence .... sound editor
Greg Stacy .... sound editor
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Denise Whiting .... adr editor (as Denise Whiting-Gontz)
David A. Whittaker .... supervising sound editor (as David Whittaker)
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
Kyle Wright .... sound editor
Thomas Paul Croce .... foley artist (uncredited)
Steve Kohler .... sound (uncredited)
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor (uncredited)
Thomas Whiting .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects supervisor
David Blitstein .... special effects
Gaile R. Brown .... special effects
Jeff Frink .... special effects
Tom Love .... special effects
Paul Sabourin .... special effects
Neil Smith .... special effects
Randy Cabral .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert Cole .... special effects hydraulic foreman (uncredited)
Pete Antico .... stunts
Geoff Brewer .... stunts (as Geof Brewer)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Blair Burrows .... stunts
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (as Dick Butler)
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (as Justin DeRosa)
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg Elam)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Bill Hart .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Kent Hays .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
William T. Lane .... stunts (as Bill Lane)
John Moio .... assistant stunt coordinator
John Moio .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Spiro Razatos .... stunts (as Spiro Razados)
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunts (as Gary Wayton)
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Pete Antico .... stunt double: Robert DeNiro (uncredited)
Spiro Razatos .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew E. Alper .... second assistant camera (as Matthew Alper)
Holly Bower .... still photographer
James F. Boyle .... gaffer (as Jim Boyle)
Jeffrey R. Clark .... assistant camera: second unit (as Jeff Clark)
Steve Clark .... second key grip
Peter Davidian .... best boy
Daniel Dayton .... assistant camera: second unit (as Danny Dayton)
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Michael Gershman .... camera operator (as Michael E. Gershman)
Daniel C. Gold .... first assistant camera (as Dan Gold)
Rob Hahn .... camera operator
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial photographer: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
Robin P. Knight .... key grip (as Robin Knight)
T. Sano Kwong .... second key grip
Montey Menapace .... best boy (as Montey F. Menapace)
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip
Stephen G. Shank .... camera operator: second unit
Robert Sordal .... key grip: second unit
John M. Stephens .... aerial cinematographer: second unit
John M. Stephens .... director of photography: second unit
Frank Byrne .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Russell Caldwell .... best boy: New York (uncredited)
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Richie Ford .... gaffer: New York (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Roland Neveu .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Joe A. Ponticelle .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Dennis Seawright .... film loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Shelley Andreas .... casting: Chicago
Jeff Block .... casting assistant: New York (as Jeffrey Block)
David Gonzales .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Catherine Jane Holzer .... location casting (as Cathie J. Holzer)
Barbara L. Roche .... location casting
Suzanne Ryan .... casting assistant: New York
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James M. George .... costumer: men, second unit (as Jimmy George)
Oda Groeschel .... costumer
G. Tony Scarano .... costume supervisor (as Tony Scarano)
Editorial Department
Michael Amundsen .... assistant editor
Vaune Kirby Frechette .... assistant editor (as Vaune Kirby)
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Angie Luckey .... apprentice editor
Craig A. Nelson .... assistant editor
Ray Sabo .... negative cutter
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Tom Rovak .... dailies editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator (as Steven Bartek)
Julian Bratolyubov .... music copyist
Chuck Domanico .... musician
Michael Fisher .... musician (as Mike Fisher)
John Goux .... musician
Ralph Grierson .... musician
Julie Hall .... assistant music editor
Johnny 'Vatos' Hernandez .... musician: drums (as John "Vatos" Hernandez)
Ira Ingber .... musician
Paul Jackson Jr. .... musician
Bill Jackson .... score mixer
John 'Juke' Logan .... musician
Frank Marocco .... musician
Neil Stubenhaus .... musician (as Neal Stubenhaus)
Transportation Department
Richard L. Dresser .... transportation captain
Sam Edelman .... transportation coordinator
Ron Reed .... transportation captain
Tim Roslan .... transportation coordinator
Gary Edelman .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Jean Barash .... assistant: Mr. Gilmore
John Bensberg .... craft service
Trixie Bourne .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Pat Chapman .... production coordinator
Terri Clemens .... production coordinator: Chicago
Patrick J. Conley .... assistant location manager: New York
John Craig .... production accountant: second unit
Mitchell El Mahdy .... first aid (as Mitchel El-Mahdy)
Nancy Erger .... production assistant: second unit
Skip Fink .... highway coordinator: Arizona
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Cliff Fleming .... pilot
Ellen Fontana .... assistant: Mr. York (as Ellen Myers Erwin)
Robert J. Forshaw .... production assistant
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Todd M. Gavin .... production assistant: second unit (as Todd Gavin)
Paula Gilmore .... production coordinator: second unit
Cathy Haft .... location manager: New York
Bill Hansen .... highway coordinator: Arizona
Trevor Haysom .... location manager: New Zealand
K.C. Hodenfield .... production assistant
Diane Krakower .... assistant: Mr. Brest (as Diane Dougherty)
Stevie Lazo .... assistant production accountant (as Stevie Lazo Harrison)
Greg Lazzaro .... location manager
Mark McCarville .... assistant location manager: New York
Louis Molina .... craft service
Marie Morales .... liaison: Navajo
Denise Morgan .... assistant production accountant
Joe Murphy .... production accountant
Kathleen Newport .... script supervisor: second unit
John Panzarella .... location manager (as John Angelo Panzarella)
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager: New York
Dan Perri .... title designer
Alysen Pyne .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Ross Reynolds .... aerial coordinator: second unit
Ross Reynolds .... pilot
Fran Roy .... production administrator: second unit
Allan Schmidt .... highway coordinator: Arizona
David N. Schrager .... production assistant (as David Schrager)
Mark Steensland .... production assistant
Rob Stevens .... assistant production coordinator
Cathy K. Stoia .... production coordinator: New York (as Cathy Stoia)
Bill Warren Jr. .... pilot
Stanley White .... technical advisor (as Sgt. Stanley White)
June Wilhelm .... production assistant: Arizona/Nevada
Salvatore Carino .... production assistant (uncredited)
Evelyn Fitzgerald .... assistant production coordinator: New York (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Alan Potashnick .... personal assistant: Robert DeNiro (uncredited)
Todd Turner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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126 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Philippines:R-18 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f)
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The famous "Litmus Configuration" scene was mostly improvised.See more »
Factual errors: When we see Alonzo Mosley in his office he has a California State Flag. However, since he is an FBI agent he would not have the state flag in his office.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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48 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
The best movie of all time., 19 April 2000
Author: Patrick Brogan from Glendale, Arizona, U.S.A.

What can one say about their favorite movie? A movie that would make one laugh, in suspense, excited, and even touched. A film that takes two personalities which clash, and learn to get along with each other, to where they actually care for one another in the end. A film that touches one's soul, is a film that one can consider to be their favorite of all time. Robert De Niro plays Jack Walsh, a ex-Chicago police officer who is currently a bounty hunter. He works in Los Angeles for Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) who is a bail bonds man. Eddie offers Jack a job to catch and bring back the infamous Jonathan "the Duke" Markukas (Charles Grodin). Jonathan is a accountant who stole millions of Jimmy Serrano's (Dennis Farina) money, and gave it all to charity. Jonathan jumped bail and is in hiding. Jack needs to find John, bring him to the L.A. county jail within four days, and Jack will collect 100 thousand dollars. Jack does find John, in New York City, the first day. But Jack has many people following him. First there's the FBI, led by Alonzo Mosely (Yaphet Kotto) who wants John to testify against Jimmy Serrano. Second there's Tony Darvo (Richard Foronjy) and Robert Miranda (Joey), two dim-wits working for Serrano, who want John dead. Then there is Marvin Dofler (John Ashton), another bounty hunter who wants John also, but for a smaller price.

From there on, it's a cross country trip which involve all of the men looking for Jack and John. A film which has some very exciting moments with action. Other moments where the scenes are intense where Jack and John's lives are in danger. And scenes where the two men share each other's thoughts and feelings, which surprisingly makes the movie touching. The acting by De Niro is at his best. He does his usual tough guy attitude, but he also mixes it with some humor, and emotions. Charles Grodin is also great as the sensitive accountant who is the exact opposite of Jack's personality. And Dennis Farina is funny and scary as the outraged mob boss who has a vicious attitude. The music by Danny Elfman, I find to be his career best. It's not like his famous BATMAN, BETTLEJUICE, or SLEEPY HOLLOW style of score. It's more like a mixture classic Chicago rhythm and blues, which even Elfman himself considered to be his most unusual score. The writing by George Gallo is also excellent. He manages to fit a cross country story within two hours of time, while still bringing out personalities of the characters and making sure there are no holes in the plot. He also manages to have some very funny scenes involving Jack and John. And the direction by Martin Brest is outstanding. He keeps the movie at a very fast pace, without any slowing down. He does brilliant moves like having De Niro and Grodin improvising their lines while arguing. Brest also does a great job by making the film enjoyable for it's 125 minutes. This is a movie that touched me, it can be considered a "man's" movie on the surface. But take apart this film, and it's also a film that women can enjoy also. The most emotional scenes involve Jack seeing his ex-wife and daughter after not seeing them for ten years. It shows that everybody makes a mistake in life, and that we can all try to forgive people that emotionally hurt us. People say that one can identify a person's personality by the movies and music that they like. To find out what I am like, pop in this movie into your DVD player or VCR, and you'll see. Saying this movie is better than CITIZEN KANE, STAR WARS, GODFATHER, and GONE WITH THE WIND is a pretty bold statement. But, the character of Jack Walsh shows my personality. This is the way I am, therefore it's my favorite movie of all time. And I'm not the only one, Robert De Niro said on a interview on Oprah Winfrey, that this is his most enjoyable film that he's done. ***** (out of five; THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME)

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