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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 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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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:

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Trivia

Actor Yaphet Kotto (Agent Alonzo Mosely) commented in a 2015 interview: "Midnight Run was practically the most difficult movie I ever made. Marty Brest doesn't do one take. He shoots a lot of footage, one take after another, all kinds of different ways, experimenting to see if something extraordinary happens. Then even if it does he'll try something else. [...] I didn't know whether it was a comedy or a drama. It could go either way. What I was surprised about is what I thought was going to be funny was funny, and what I thought was going to be dramatic was even funnier". See more »

Goofs

After Jonathan hands him the money belt, Walsh unzips it twice. 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

Referenced in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) See more »

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An engaging adventure with two likable stars...

DeNiro is (Jack Walsh) a self-righteous ex-cop so unpopular with the Chicago police department, now wanting to make one final 'midnight run' that'll pay big so he can buy a nice coffee shop…

He is hired by an hysterical bondsman to find and bring back a former Mob accountant called Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Grodin) who has stolen $15 million from the Los Angeles mob, given the money to the 'unfortunates of the earth.'

DeNiro quickly captures the 'white-collar criminal' in New York, and is given five days to bring him to Los Angleles, to collect his $100,000 fee...

Unfortunately for DeNiro, the fugitive accountant is too neurotic to fly the distance... The embezzler's ex-boss wants him badly for knowing all his financial transactions, and agent Yaphet Kotto warns Walsh not to interfere with the FBI's plans to bring the 'Duke' into federal court… And if this isn't enough, there is some third-rate bounty hunter (John Ashton) who is intrigued about DeNiro's special deal…

In an extended cross-country chase, the two men's personalities and relationship develop…

DeNiro shows how to catch talents of improvisation... His cheeky schoolboy look certainly supplies some of the film's lighter moments... He delivers some of the best punchlines, when he replies: 'Well if you don't cooperate, you're gonna suffer from fistophobia.'

Charles Grodin is perfect as the prisoner who gets some of Serrano's records on computer disks, figuring if things got too rough, he could always trade them for his life… He continually gets on DeNiro's nerves, and with his soft and ironic tone of voice he advises Walsh that a restaurant is 'a very tricky investment.' He easily dips into Jack Walsh's life ('Don't you want to be loved?'), wandering about his broken marriage ('Did she hurt you, Jack?'), his habits ('Cigarettes are killers. Put the cigarette out.') and whatever he can think of...

The best parts of the film are, in fact, the interactions between the two stars… The story holds up perfectly and entertains the viewer in every way… Martin Brest does bring out the realistic, funny and moving sides of his likable characters… Suspense is maintained to the very end


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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, 24 July 1988

Gross USA:

$38,413,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,613,606
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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