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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
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,166,199 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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Jerry Stahl: The real Jerry Stahl has a cameo as Dr. Lazarus. ("Lazarus" is on his name plate on his white coat.) 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 »

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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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Features Maury (1991) See more »

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JINGLE BELLS
Performed by The Sha-Shees
Written by James Pierpont
Produced by Stanley Smith
Courtesy of Standard Music
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Engaging performances a privilege to watch
14 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw it once before, years ago, and it left an indelible impression on me. I watched it again just ten minutes ago, and I am confirmed in my praise.

The performances are tops, the story dark but very funny - and factual

  • based on Jerry Stahl's book of the same name. Jerry Stahl is played


by Ben Stiller in his most challenging yet most convincing role to date. It's a real privilege to watch such a performance.

Mind you, I'm not exactly Ben Stiller's biggest fan (to be fair, I have enjoyed a few of his films), and Jerry Stahl was the writer of the TV show ALF; while that could have been a turn-off for me, it wasn't. Sure, there have been some moralizing, vanilla critics who couldn't stomach the overabundance of drug abuse depicted, but I really think too many of them found it hard to rate the film objectively due to what they took as an affront to their precious sensitivities. Which is not to say this film didn't get its share of raving reviews. It's a black comedy, an incomprehensibly strange creature for some, but a true friend to others.

If you're smarter than most people, and you can take your entertainment black, see this one.


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