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Midnight Run (1988)

R   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime

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An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

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  • Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin in Midnight Run (1988)
  • Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin in Midnight Run (1988)

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29 May 2004 | smee3469
| GREAT Writing
Pleasantly surprised by this one. I had heard people refer to this one, but hadn't seen it for myself until recently. One of the better buddy-action movies I've seen, due to a very tight script. Superior writing by George Gallo. The story is what drives this movie from beginning to end, and doesn't need to depend solely on the cast to keep the audience interested for the full 2 hours. DeNiro and Grodin are excellent together, with a great supporting cast. I would keep this movie in my personal collection. I would also consider it a fine example for other buddy action movies to follow, even today. Highly recommended for great comedic writing, directing and acting.

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Paramount Pictures originally owned the rights to the film, and they wanted a big name star to appear opposite Robert De Niro, in order to improve the film's chances at the box-office. It was suggested that the character of John "Duke" Mardukas be changed to a woman, and be played by Cher, who had had recent box-office success with The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Suspect (1987), and Moonstruck (1987). It was felt that casting Cher opposite De Niro would lend some "sexual overtones" to the relationship between the two characters. Director Martin Brest however, rejected the gender switch idea, so Paramount Pictures suggested giving the role to Robin Williams, who had recently had a big hit with Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). Williams read and liked the script, and agreed to audition. In the meantime, however, Brest had auditioned the less famous Charles Grodin, and had liked Grodin's interaction with De Niro. As such, Brest cast Grodin without auditioning Williams, and Paramount Pictures decided to drop out of the project, selling the rights to Universal, who went ahead with the De Niro and Grodin casting.


Jack Walsh: Shit!


Just after Jack visits his ex-wife and borrows money he and Mardukas stop at a phone booth to call Marscone's Bail Bonds. We see Gerry sat at his desk just about to light a cigarette when the phone rings, he slams his lighter and cigarette down in annoyance and answers the call. Cut to jack in the booth asking for Eddie, cut back to Gerry, now holding a lit cigarette; there was no time possible for him to do this.

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Robert De Niro's name is spelled Robert DeNiro.

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.


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Action | Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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