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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Charles Grodin embezzled 15 million dollars. The mob wants him dead. The F.B.I. wants him alive. Robert De Niro just wants him to shut up. 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

Bruce Willis was considered for the role of Jonathan Mardukas. See more »

Goofs

When Tony Darvo gives Jack his phone number, he can clearly be seen writing it on a matchbook cover in pencil. Yet when Jack refers to it later, the writing is in blue ink. 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

Two cuts to remove lock-picking details were made to the UK video version, which was also upgraded from a 15 cinema certificate to an 18 on video. The British DVD release in 2000 restored the cuts made to previous UK versions. See more »

Connections

Followed by Midnight Run for Your Life (1994) See more »

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29 May 2004 | by smee3469See all my reviews

Pleasantly surprised by this one. I had heard people refer to this one, but hadn't seen it for myself until recently. One of the better buddy-action movies I've seen, due to a very tight script. Superior writing by George Gallo. The story is what drives this movie from beginning to end, and doesn't need to depend solely on the cast to keep the audience interested for the full 2 hours. DeNiro and Grodin are excellent together, with a great supporting cast. I would keep this movie in my personal collection. I would also consider it a fine example for other buddy action movies to follow, even today. Highly recommended for great comedic writing, directing and acting.


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