Past Midnight (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  20 June 1992 (Japan)
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A man gets out of prison after 15 years for stabbing his wife to death, and his social worker becomes convinced he was innocent. As she researches his case, and interviews other people who ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Mathews
Kibibi Monie ...
Dorothy Coleman
Lee Samuels
Kathy Tudor
Ted D'Arms ...
Bill Tudor
Larry Canipe
Todd Canipe
Carlton Daniels
Delivery Man
Krisha Fairchild ...
Dr. Zastoupil
Detective Allan Tobias
Sarah Magnuson ...
Gerrie Graymark
Paul Mitri ...


A man gets out of prison after 15 years for stabbing his wife to death, and his social worker becomes convinced he was innocent. As she researches his case, and interviews other people who were involved, she begins to fall in love with him, as her friends warn her that he's dangerous. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Past Passion. Past Terror. Past Murder.


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After significantly re-writing the script, Quentin Tarantino was given an associate producer credit on the film (his first official screen credit). The film features a number of Tarantino's trademark pop cultural references. For example, in reference to a Peeping Tom-like recording of a murder, a cop says "It makes Nightmare on Elm Street look like Charlotte's Web." See more »


Shortly after the two cops take Ben away, and Todd is in the house getting ready to kill Laura, the detective calls her and she pretends he is her father so that he realizes there is something wrong. He tells her that help is on the way. The two cops come back and are killed by Todd. The detective never calls back when the cops don't check in to say they caught Todd. See more »


Todd Canipe: They were others before her. And they all had these bellies these big round bellies.
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References Dark Passage (1947) See more »


Words and Music by Mike Booth and Katherine Anne Porter
Performed by Mike Booth
Switchblade Music (BMI)
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Not The Usual Rugged Rutger
5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This turned out to be more of a women's romance-soap-suspense film than what I hoped it was....simply a tense thriller. Yes, the final 20 minutes were suspenseful but much of the previous 75 bordered on being just plain tedious.

Ruter Hauer was a little too subdued, not playing his normal intense character. Natasha Richardson sports somewhat of a dumb look most of the time and her character was very unappealing.

The story is so-so. It's not as bad as I'm making out, but it sure isn't anything I'd watch again, and the back of the VHS describing this movie was misleading.

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