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Past Midnight (1991)

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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 were involved, she begins to fall in love with him, as her friends warn her that he's dangerous. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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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 »

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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 »

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Ben Jordan: [Very last line as Todd goes for Laura and she shotgun blasts him] NO
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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AM I LOSING YOU?
Words and Music by Mike Booth and Katherine Anne Porter
Performed by Mike Booth
Switchblade Music (BMI)
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Social worker Natasha Richardson falls for a convicted criminal client, Rutger Hauer
21 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For me, "Past Midnight" is below-par without being a total bomb, which means a 5 or lower like 4. The guiding idea of the story is sound. It's that a social worker (Natasha Richardson) falls for a man (Rutger Hauer) who has been released from prison after serving 15 years for the murder of his wife. She investigates, although we are quite unsure why, and thinks he's innocent. She behaves unprofessionally and we don't know why other than that we see her falling for him in a big way. However, the development of this premise in the screenplay and by the director is not what it should be in order to reveal character and themes in a suspenseful way.

The movie comes across as fair, mediocre and lukewarm. The pacing is off. The film editing and staging lack pizazz and flare. The character motivations are not really made believable or even clear. On top of this, we have the fact that Natasha Richardson's character, who is the movie's lead character, is annoying. It is also hard for me to separate what I sense as her acting deficiency and/or the inept and bland direction of Jan Eliasberg from the badly-written lines she delivers.

I found it a struggle to get through to the end of this movie.


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