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Midnight Run (1988)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Walsh
... Jonathan Mardukas
... Alonzo Mosely
... Marvin Dorfler
... Jimmy Serrano
... Eddie Moscone
... Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda ... Joey
Jack Kehoe ... Jerry Geisler
... Gail
... Denise
... Sidney
... Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis ... Bus Ticket Clerk
... 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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A tough bounty hunter. A sensitive criminal. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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20 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Fuga a la medianoche  »

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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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Trivia

The boxcar scene where Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and John Mardukas (Charles Grodin) discuss whether or not they could ever be friends, was almost entirely improvised on-set. As regards Grodin's famous, "You ever had sex with an animal, Jack?" line, he was told by Director Martin Brest to come up with something that was guaranteed to make even Robert De Niro laugh. See more »

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Mardukas has three shadows when rescuing Jack from the river. 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 »

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Followed by Another Midnight Run (1994) See more »

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Great Mix Of Comedy & Crime
16 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Way too much objectionable language is the only fault of this otherwise extremely-entertaining film that is justifiably popular.

Humor is what makes this "crime film" stand out as tough guys Robert De Niro, Joe Pantoliano, John Ashton, Dennis Farina and others provide a lot of laughs as not-so-tough guy Charles Grodin is escorted from New York to Los Angeles to face retribution from a mob boss.

The dialog between Grodin and his bounty hunter captive De Niro, is terrific all the way through. The soundtrack, featuring the guitar of Ry Cooder, also is outstanding and adds to the fun of this film.

The capper to this likable story is the satisfying ending, which almost everyone seems to like.


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