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Midnight Run


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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina
  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Writers: George Gallo
  • Producers: Martin Brest, Dan York, William S. Gilmore
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: Jan. 6 2004
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008O38F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,161 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin. When an accountant embezzles from the Mafia and gives the money to charity, he's pursued by the Mob, the FBI and an abusive bounty hunter. 1988/color/125 min/R/widescreen.

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Director Martin Brest rocketed to the top of Hollywood's A list with the blockbuster success of Beverly Hills Cop, and this 1988 follow-up is even better. Midnight Run is a genuine rarity--an action comedy that's dramatically satisfying--thanks to a sharp script by George Gallo, the superb teaming of Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and Brest's consummate skill in combining suspense and humor with well-developed characters. De Niro plays a maverick bounty hunter whose latest assignment is Grodin, an accountant accused of embezzling from the Mob. De Niro thinks he's in for an easy job, transporting Grodin (who's afraid to fly) from New York to Los Angeles, but soon discovers that both the FBI and the Mafia are hot on Grodin's trail. Equal parts road trip, action thriller, and a quirky character study, Midnight Run moves at a breakneck pace but still gives De Niro and Grodin time to create rich, memorable performances as two men who seem to be opposites, but gradually develop mutual respect and admiration. Mainstream entertainment at its best. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Weaver on March 2 2004
Format: DVD
The story focuses on a man that has jumped bail named Johnathan "The Duke" Mardukas ( Charles Grodin). Mardukas is the ex-account of a Las Vegas mob boss named Jimmy Serrano ( Dennis Farina). The Duke embezzled millions of dollars from Serrano and gave it away to charity before being arrested. Eddie Marcone (Joe Pantoliano)is the bail bondsman that bailed The Duke out of jail. Marcone only has 5 days left, before the bond is forfieted and he is out $100,000. So he sends bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert DeNiro)to retrieve The Duke and bring him back. Unfortunately, Jimmy Serrano wants The Duke dead, and sends two hitmen to kill him. Not to mention the fact that the F.B.I. want to be the ones who bring The Duke to justice. If things couldn't get any worse, there is also a rival bounty hunter named Marvin ( John Ashton)who is trying to bring The Duke in himself. Now it is up to Jack to keep The Duke alive and in one piece, while avoiding Marvin, the FBI, and the two mafia hitmen that are hot on their tails. However, with The Duke constantly trying to escape Jack's custody, Jack begins to realize that he is in for much more than he bargained for.
Midnight Run is without a doubt the best "buddy" film ever made. The reason is because Jack and The Duke's friendship takes the whole movie to develop. Nothing about their relationship is cut and dry. The Duke will do something to make Jack like him one minute, and then upset him the next with repeated escape attempts. The film also features the perfect mix of action and comedy as well. There are certain points in the film that are extremely funny and entertaining. The dialogue in this film is first rate. Then you are also drawn into the film because there are so many obstacles Jack and The Duke must overcome on their way to L.A..
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One of the funniest films ever made that still manages to hold up an engaging plot. A total winner.
It features some of the most genuinely stupid and amusing tough guys in the history of cinema, and a tantalizing slow burn by Deniro, a shortchanged ex-cop, who just wants a peaceful little coffee shop as payment for his decency and integrity. The comic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin is top-drawer. Surrounded on all side by ethical infants, these two characters at least know the difference between virtue and vice, and are ironically the moral backbone of the film.
Comedies that don't wallow in their humor are twice as much fun, and Midnight Run maintains a swift pace throughout. Situation-wise, it's a dynamo of action. I found the denouement to be quite moving as well, at the very least it provokes thought.
If you're looking for a comedy with depth, bite, wit and excitement, then catch Midnight Run. The DVD's spiffy special features quite simply reinforce my recommendation of purchasing this one, not just renting.
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By DAVID L. WOOD on Sept. 26 2003
Format: VHS Tape
ONCE AGAIN DENIRO SHOWS HIS WIDE RANGE AS A GREAT ACTOR. HE, AND GRODIN BOUNCE OFF OF ONE ANOTHER TERRIFICLY. THIS IS THE BEST OF THE BUDDY FLICKS.
DENNIS FARINA'S MOBSTER IS EQUALLY HILARIOUS IN HIS AGGRESSIVE DEVIANCE.
DENIRO PLAYS DISGRUNTLED EX-COP TURNED SKIP CHASER (JACK WALSH) OUT TO CASH IN ON A $100.000 DOLLAR BOUNTY FOR WHITE COLLAR CROOK GRODIN WHO IS WANTED BY THE AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS THE BIG TIME MOBSTERS HE EMBEZZELED FROM. WHAT FOLLOWS IS A ROLLER COASTER RIDE FULL OF WELL CORREGRAPHED ACTION AND SIDE SPLITTING ANTICS.
I LAUGH HARDER EVERY TIME I WATCH IT.
DENIRO'S WALSH HAS HIS HANDS FULL KEEPING HIS CATCH FROM THE F.B.I., THE CHICAGO SYNDICATE AND A RIVAL BOUNTY HUNTER OUT TO STEAL HIS APPREHENDEE. THE RIVAL IS MARVIN WHO IS A SKILLED DOGGER HIMSELF BUT A SHADE ON THE DENSE SIDE.
WALSH EASILY DISTRACTS THE COMPETITOR BY POINTING OFF INTO THE DISTANCE AND SAYING "HEY MARVIN!"
I GUESS YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE SIMPLE HUMOR.
I CANT THINK OF ANOTHER FILM I HAVE LAUGHED AS HARD AT IN YEARS.
THE MOVIE WORKS GREAT AS AN ACTIONEER AS WELL.
"HEY MARVIN!" I LOVE IT.
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Remember the days when Robert De Niro doing a comedy was considered an anamoly? It's scary to think that there is a whole generation of filmgoers who are going to only known this great actor from generic comedies like Showtime and Analyze This. I guess it's all George Gallo's fault. He wrote the awesome screenplay for Midnight Run, which I'm sure is what attracted De Niro to the film in the first place.
This is one of those super rare comedies that remains funny even after you've watched it a zillion times. The running gags (De Niro impersonating Yaphet Kotto's FBI agent) are never overused and even the minor characters (the two lunkhead gangster thugs who pursue De Niro and Grodin cross-country) are fully-realized and have their own scenes to shine.
Of course, the number one reason why this film works so well and holds up to repeated viewings is the chemistry between De Niro and Grodin. At first, De Niro's hardened, jaded bounty hunter can't stand Grodin's anal-retentive, annoying accountant. However, as the two travel across country and escape from death several times, they begin to bond and almost become friends. The many scenes that De Niro and Grodin share are so good because they are given time to flesh out their respective characters and develop their relationship so that you actually care what happens to them. Yes, there are the requisite car chases and shoot-outs but not as many you see nowadays where it's all wall-to-wall action sequences with little to zero attention paid to character or decent dialogue.
This was also Martin Brest's last great film. Since Midnight Run he's been absorbed by Hollywood and been the victim of several compromised films (Meet Joe Black, Scene of a Woman, Gigli) where his original vision was butchered by a studio that thought they knew better.
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