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Permanent Midnight (1998)

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A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin.

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Phoenix Punk
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Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers
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Sandra
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Vola
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Craig Ziffer
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Jerry at 16
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Allen from Mr. Chompers
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Jana Farmer
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Comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola. For the TV series "Mr. Chompers" (inspired by ALF), Stahl meets with sitcom exec Craig Ziffer and puppeteer Allen. For freaky freebasing, Stahl hangs with mumbler Nicky and druggie Gus. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for pervasive graphic drug use, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1999 (Iceland)  »

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A nap árnyékos oldalán  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$260,562, 20 September 1998, Limited Release

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$1,166,199, 8 November 1998
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Actor Charles Fleischer, best known for playing Roger Rabbit, has the small role of Allen from Mr. Chompers. According to the book, Permanent Midnight, Jerry Stahl wrote an unaired television pilot as a vehicle for Fleischer. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry is at the methadone clinic, the doctor is checking boxes on a form he's filling out. The questions he asks Jerry do not match the boxes he checks. See more »

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[first lines]
Jerry: You know what's mortifying? Smack is like the leisure suit of the nineties. Instead of wrecking dad's Buick on prom might, these little suburban fucks are coping habits and OD'ing in the rec room.
Kitty: And you're different, because?
Jerry: I never got to the prom.
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References Mad Max (1979) See more »

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GODSPEED
Performed by BT
Written by BT (as Brian Transeau)
Produced and Mixed by BT (as Brian Transeau)
Published by Old Gate (BMI)
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My 2 hits... I mean cents
6 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Probably one of the best movies about drugs that I've ever seen. An excellent performance by Ben Stiller in one of his most serious roles. If you want to see a movie that portrays the life-style associated with drugs accurately, watch this movie.


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