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Permanent Midnight (1998)

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Comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl ... See full summary »

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Jerry Stahl
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Kitty
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Phoenix Punk
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Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers
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Sandra
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Vola
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Craig Ziffer
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Jerry at 16
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Grandma Whittle
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Dagmar
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Allen from Mr. Chompers
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Dita
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Miguel
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Jana Farmer
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Comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola. For the TV series "Mr. Chompers" (inspired by ALF), Stahl meets with sitcom exec Craig Ziffer and puppeteer Allen. For freaky freebasing, Stahl hangs with mumbler Nicky and druggie Gus. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for pervasive graphic drug use, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1999 (Iceland)  »

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A nap árnyékos oldalán  »

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$260,562 (USA) (18 September 1998)

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$1,166,199 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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Actor Charles Fleischer, best known for playing Roger Rabbit, has the small role of Allen from Mr. Chompers. According to the book, Permanent Midnight, Jerry Stahl wrote an unaired television pilot as a vehicle for Fleischer. See more »

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When Jerry is at the methadone clinic, the doctor is checking boxes on a form he's filling out. The questions he asks Jerry do not match the boxes he checks. See more »

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[first lines]
Jerry: You know what's mortifying? Smack is like the leisure suit of the nineties. Instead of wrecking dad's Buick on prom might, these little suburban fucks are coping habits and OD'ing in the rec room.
Kitty: And you're different, because?
Jerry: I never got to the prom.
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2WICKY
Performed by Hooverphonic
Written by Raymond Gaerts, Alex Callier, Burt Bacharach, Hal David,
Pierre Henry
Published by EMI April Music Inc./New Hidden Valley Music/Casa David Music
Courtesy of Sony Music (Belgium) S.A./N.V. and Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Underrated Film, Fantastic Performance
21 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Permanent Midnight, while certainly not the best film ever made about heroin addiction, is a very solid film that was largely over looked by both critics and the public. The brightest jewel in this film's crown is Ben Stiller's performance as Jerry Stahl. I found it interesting that while Stiller got loads of attention for getting his "package" caught in his zipper in "There's Something About Mary" (which is a very funny moive) hardly an eye was blinked when he gave the performance of his career in "Midnight." I think this film proves the theory that often comedic actors give the best dramatic performances. Do yourself a favor and rent it.


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