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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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Phoenix Punk
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Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers
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Craig Ziffer
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Jerry at 16
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Grandma Whittle
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Allen from Mr. Chompers
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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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Trivia

Jerry Stahl:  The real Jerry Stahl has a cameo as Dr. Lazarus. ("Lazarus" is on his name plate on his white coat.) 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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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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FREE RIDE
Performed by Embrace
Written by Danny McNamara (as McNamara) and Richard McNamara (as McNamara)
Produced and Mixed by Dave Creffield and Embrace
Published by Mobetta
Courtesy of DGC Records, Inc.
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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Worth it for Ben Stiller
27 September 1998 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Not bad, though not particularly memorable or resonant. So-so script with terse, witty dialogue - David Veloz never wants for a good one-liner. I was never bored, but it would be an overstatement to say I cared about the character Jerry Stahl, either. It's hard to imagine, though, anyone bringing him to life more fully or entertainingly than Ben Stiller. He is compulsively watchable, and without him I think this one might've been DOA. I guess it boils down to this: Is it just me, or is a guy who scores prime writing jobs and prime women while he's a hopeless smack addict inherently unsympathetic? (And the impression I get from the writing and casting is that we are very much meant to feel in some way for Jerry.)


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