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Permanent Midnight (1998)

A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin.

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Film debut of Lourdes Benedicto. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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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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Smart black comedy with Ben Stiller's best performance to date.
21 August 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I think Ben Stiller is one of the most talented comic actors currently working, even though he is often in awful movies (e.g. 'Zoolander', 'The Suburbans'). 'Permanent Midnight' is one of the best movies he has been involved with and features what is arguably his single finest performance. Based on the autobiography of TV hack writer Jerry Stahl, this is a smart, fresh and blackly humorous look at addiction and Hollywood. Stiller has a fine supporting cast here, especially his buddies and frequent co-stars Owen Wilson ('Bottle Rocket') and Janeane Garofolo ('Reality Bites'), the amazingly charismatic star-in-the-making Peter Greene ('Laws Of Gravity'), and comedy veteran Fred Willard ('Best In Show'), who all have small but memorable roles. Hell, even Liz Hurley and Cheryl Ladd are good in this, believe it or not. 'Permanent Midnight' was, like so many other good movies that don't pander to a mass audience, a box office flop, but will hopefully find a larger audience in years to come via video and DVD. I think it is one of the most underrated movies of the last ten years, and highly recommend it.


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