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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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Nicky
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Sandra
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Vola
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Craig Ziffer
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Jerry at 16
Mary Thompson ...
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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Trivia

The fictional television show "Mr. Chompers" was based on author Jerry Stahl's experience writing for ALF (1986). The other television series was based on Stahl's experiences on Twin Peaks (1990) and Moonlighting (1985), and its star was apparently based on Cybill Shepherd. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References ALF (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

SMACK MY BITCH UP
Performed by The Prodigy (as Prodigy)
Written by Liam Howlett (as L. Howlett) / Moe Love (as M. Smith) / Ced-Gee (as C. Miller) / Kool Keith (as K. Thornton) / TR Love (as T. Randolph)
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd./Next Plateau Music/Beats G Music
Contains Portions of "Give the Drummer Some"
By Ultramagnetic M.C.'s
Used Courtesy of Next Plateau Records
Courtesy of XL-Recordings, Ltd./Mute Corporation/Maverick Recording Company/Warner Bros. Records,
Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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