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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerry Stahl
... Kitty
... Phoenix Punk
... Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers
... Nicky
... Sandra
... Vola
... Craig Ziffer
... Jerry at 16
Mary Thompson ... Grandma Whittle
... Dagmar
... Allen from Mr. Chompers
... Dita
... Miguel
... 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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Opening Weekend USA:

$260,562, 20 September 1998, Limited Release

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$1,166,199, 8 November 1998
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Trivia

Jerry Stahl: The real Jerry Stahl has a cameo as Dr. Lazarus. ("Lazarus" is on his name plate on his white coat.) 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 »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Double Whammy (2001) See more »

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A PERMANENT THEME
Performed by Spring Heel Jack
Written and Produced by John Coxon and Ashley Wales
Published by Singmetal Ltd./Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Trade 2/Island Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Underrated Film, Fantastic Performance
21 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Permanent Midnight, while certainly not the best film ever made about heroin addiction, is a very solid film that was largely over looked by both critics and the public. The brightest jewel in this film's crown is Ben Stiller's performance as Jerry Stahl. I found it interesting that while Stiller got loads of attention for getting his "package" caught in his zipper in "There's Something About Mary" (which is a very funny moive) hardly an eye was blinked when he gave the performance of his career in "Midnight." I think this film proves the theory that often comedic actors give the best dramatic performances. Do yourself a favor and rent it.


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