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Midnight Run (1988)

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director:

Martin Brest

Writer:

George Gallo
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Jack Walsh
Charles Grodin ... Jonathan Mardukas
Yaphet Kotto ... Alonzo Mosely
John Ashton ... Marvin Dorfler
Dennis Farina ... Jimmy Serrano
Joe Pantoliano ... Eddie Moscone
Richard Foronjy ... Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Joey
Jack Kehoe ... Jerry Geisler
Wendy Phillips ... Gail
Danielle DuClos ... Denise
Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney
Tom McCleister ... Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis Mary Gillis ... Bus Ticket Clerk
John Toles-Bey ... Monroe Bouchet
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Storyline

Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship. Written by Rob Hartill

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Robert De Niro has to get the FBI off his case, the mob off his trail, and Charles Grodin off his back! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,506,290, 20 July 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,413,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,613,606
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 2010, it was reported that Robert De Niro was planning to make a "remake or sequel" with his production company Tribeca Productions. See more »

Goofs

While on the plane to Las Vegas, Mosley is told over the phone that Serrano is "heading north on Las Vegas Blvd, 2 minutes from the airport." The next scene shows Serrano's limo passing the old Stardust Hotel and Casino, to the right of the car. This means the limo was heading south on Las Vegas Blvd. Furthermore, if they were taking the route down the Strip, the Stardust was approximately 5 miles from McCarran Airport, meaning Serrano was further than 2 minutes away. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Jack trying to pick door lock. He drops one of his picks. When he bends over to pick it up, a gun shot is fired through the door, right where his head had been previously]
Jack Walsh: Shit!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Robert De Niro's name is spelled Robert DeNiro. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the scene for theatrical release, when Dorfler is in his hotel room eating french fries, and Carmine-The-Bail-Jumper, is handcuffed to a pipe in the bathroom, Dorfler addresses Carmine as "Hey Scumbag," and Carmine reassures that his name is not such by replying, "The name's 'Carmine', Fucko!" In the alternate version for TV, his reply is "The name's 'Carmine', Fatso!" See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »

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One of my all time favourite films. An action/comedy masterpiece
18 May 2005 | by josh-hallSee all my reviews

In the the late 1980's early 9o's there have been many action buddy comedies 'Beverly hills cop', 'Bad Boys' and 'Bulletproof'and they have all been great. But if i had to say none of them can compare to such a masterpiece as Midnight Run. The film is full of tense and exciting moments of action and humour from both De Niro and Grodin who in this film I think are both at the top of their game. Their chemistry in playing hard ass bounty hunter and sensitive criminal is fantastic. It is such a shame there was no talk of a sequel in mind, especially since it is such an original and cool story and we were gagging to see De Niro return as Jack Walsh again. The film also gives us an impressing supporting cast with Dennis Farina (Snatch, Get Shorty) as an angry mobster and Yaphet Kotto (Alien)as an angry cop on the trail for them both.An easy 10/10. Brilliant piece of movie making.


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