6.3/10
6,244
54 user 30 critic

Permanent Midnight (1998)

A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jerry Stahl
...
Kitty
...
Phoenix Punk
...
Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers
...
Nicky
...
Sandra
...
Vola
...
Craig Ziffer
...
Jerry at 16
Mary Thompson ...
Grandma Whittle
...
Dagmar
...
Allen from Mr. Chompers
...
Dita
...
Miguel
...
Jana Farmer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

A nap árnyékos oldalán  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$260,562 (USA) (20 September 1998)

Gross:

$1,166,199 (USA) (8 November 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Sandra could have just taken Jerry's car keys, and have him stay at her home to watch Nina, this way he has no means to go out and buy drugs. 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.
See more »

Connections

Features The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

GET MILES
Performed by Gomez
Written by Ian Ball (as Ball) / 'Paul Blackburn' (as Blackburn) / Thomas Gray (as Gray) / Benjamin Ottewell (as Attewell) / Oliver Peacock (as Peacock)
Produced by Gomez
Engineered by Ken Nelson
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Amazing performance by Stiller
3 April 2000 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Although the movie is uneven in both some performances and situations, it's worth watching Ben Stiller powerful characterization of Jerry Stahl. There are scenes very difficult to watch due to extreme use of drugs. It's not for the average audiences. If you like to see good acting this one is for you to watch


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?