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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Stahl
Phoenix Punk
Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers
Craig Ziffer
Jerry at 16
Mary Thompson ...
Grandma Whittle
Allen from Mr. Chompers
Jana Farmer


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 April 1999 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

A nap árnyékos oldalán  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,166,199 (USA) (6 November 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After Jerry picks up his daughter from Sandra to babysit her (at approximately [1:01:40]), he can be seen driving down the road sitting on the right hand side of the car. This is not consistent with other scenes in the movie and furthermore, the driver is clearly not Ben Stiller. See more »


[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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References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »


Performed by Tom Waits
Written by Tom Waits
Published by Jalma Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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6 October 2002 | by (Somewhere, Nowhere) – See all my reviews

Probably one of the best movies about drugs that I've ever seen. An excellent performance by Ben Stiller in one of his most serious roles. If you want to see a movie that portrays the life-style associated with drugs accurately, watch this movie.

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