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Past Midnight (1991)

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Ben's paroled after 15 years prison for killing his pregnant wife. His social worker helps him find work. She doubts his guilt and investigates.


Jan Eliasberg


Frank Norwood





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Ben Jordan
Natasha Richardson ... Laura Mathews
Clancy Brown ... Steve Lundy
Kibibi Monie Kibibi Monie ... Dorothy Coleman
Tom Wright ... Lee Samuels
Dana Eskelson ... Kathy Tudor
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Bill Tudor
Paul Giamatti ... Larry Canipe
Guy Boyd ... Todd Canipe
Charles Boswell ... Carlton Daniels
Brian T. Finney ... Delivery Man
Krisha Fairchild Krisha Fairchild ... Dr. Zastoupil
Ernie Lively ... Detective Allan Tobias
Sarah Magnuson Sarah Magnuson ... Gerrie Graymark
Paul T. Mitri ... Policeman (as Paul Mitri)
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A man gets out of prison after fifteen years for stabbing his wife to death, and his social worker becomes convinced he was innocent. As she researches his case, and interviews other people who were involved, she begins to fall in love with him, as her friends warn her that he's dangerous. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Past Passion. Past Terror. Past Murder.


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Shortly after the two cops take Ben away, and Todd is in the house getting ready to kill Laura, the detective calls her and she pretends he is her father so that he realizes there is something wrong. He tells her that help is on the way. The two cops come back and are killed by Todd. The detective never calls back when the cops don't check in to say they caught Todd. See more »


Todd Canipe: The first time momma made me put it in I felt sick! Then as her belly swelled and she climbed on top of me it got so I couldn't breathe! I held my breath until she went away again and left me alone!
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References Dark Passage (1947) See more »


Words and Music by Mike Booth and Katherine Anne Porter
Performed by Mike Booth
Switchblade Music (BMI)
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JEER - (3 stars out of 10)
28 July 2020 | by Front-Row-ReviewsSee all my reviews

The stage curtains open ...

"Past Midnight" had all the earmarks of being a worthy entry in its genre, a sleeper, a hidden gem. However, despite Natasha Richardson's undeniable onscreen charm, and some pretty good cinematography, this thriller came off as a lost opportunity.

Richardson plays the part of a social services worker, Laura Matthews, who is assigned the task of helping a parolee, Ben Jordan (Rutger Hauer), find employment upon being released from prison. Jordan was tried and convicted for the murder of his pregnant wife, yet after meeting with Ben, Laura is not entirely convinced that he did it. Despite warnings from her well-meaning co-worker and ex-lover, Laura takes it upon herself to investigate the events of that night which eventually leads to the revelation of the truth behind a man who she is beginning to fall in love with.

The movie actually started out really good. The characters were strong, the acting fairly decent, and, as I mentioned before, the cinematography was spot on. They even threw in a joke to get you smiling, no doubt the influence of Quentin Tarantino. But, about halfway through, the movie starts to lose itself. The screenplay was pretty weak, which surprises me, since Tarantino had a hand in it. The love scene between Richardson and Hauer had no chemistry, and in fact, it seemed like they were only doing that scene because they had to. I didn't buy any of the dynamics between them. And the story and final reveal was pretty absurd by movie's end.

I cannot recommend this one. I saw it late night, and as something to do when there is nothing else to do, it will fill the void. However, you would be better served watching an old favorite than taking a chance on this lost dud. It is easy to see why it wasn't a hit back in the day. 3 stars out of 10.

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Release Date:

20 June 1992 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Cinetel Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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