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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece
Midnight Run is one of those films that people wrongly badged on its release and ever since then. This gem of a movie ranks amongst De Niro's best films, certainly one of the funniest.
It is an extraordinary roller-coaster ride full of some of the most memorable and funny one-liners on film. The director, Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Scent of a Woman) assembled a...
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh no!
Dated doesn't come into it, loved it when it came out, but de Niro sleepwalks his way through it. Thin plot, poor script and as for the music.... Best thing about this film by far is Charles Grodin, what an actor he was. In fact I'm spending no more of my time writing about this waste of celluloid..
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece, 24 Dec 2004
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This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
Midnight Run is one of those films that people wrongly badged on its release and ever since then. This gem of a movie ranks amongst De Niro's best films, certainly one of the funniest.
It is an extraordinary roller-coaster ride full of some of the most memorable and funny one-liners on film. The director, Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Scent of a Woman) assembled a cast that could not have been bettered - from the two leads (Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin) whose on-screen chemistry is a joy to watch, to the hilarious, malevolent mob boss played to perfection by Dennis Farina (who some will know as Lt Mike Torello of the TV series "Crime Story") and to the double-crossing bail bondsman (the excellent Joe Pantoliano from the "Matrix").

De Niro plays the wronged-ex-cop-turned-bounty-hunter, Jack Walsh, who is conned into his "one last job" to bring in the bail-jumping ex accountant (Grodin) of a Chicago mob boss, who has embezzled $15million from his former employer and given it to charity. From one single event on a plane (Grodin's hilarious "fear of flying" act) the whole film grips you by the throat and does not let you go.
The sheer pace of the film keeps you locked in your seat, waiting to see what happens next. The dialogue comes at you like bullets, but unlike most other films of this genre this is a very polished piece of cinema. The comic timing from each of the actors is perfect. The lines aren't just delivered they are snarled, spat out and slapped across the face. The angst, cynicism and sheer exhaustion conveyed to perfection by each of the main characters creates incredible edges to this film.
Take, for example, the witless, chain-smoking, rival bounty hunter (a brilliantly cast John Ashton - formerly "Detective Taggart" from "Beverly Hills Cop") whose answer to an airline check-in clerk's enquiry as to "smoking or non-smoking?" (through clouds of his cigarette smoke) is a growled "take a lucky guess" - It could all so easily have descended into "Naked Gun" quips but delivered as it is in this punchy angst-ridden movie, it is sheer brilliance. Originaly Grodin's role was going to be given to Robin Williams - it would not have been right though (which was why Brest defied the studio execs to hire Grodin for the role).
The development of the relationship between De Niro and Grodin is great to watch. Starting from utter mutual loathing and developing into an uneasy partnership as the whole world is seemingly out to arrest them, kidnap them or kill them. As they slowly lose all their means they are foced together to survive and each begins to begrudgingly open to the other. The dialogue between them is at times poignant and often hilarious.
Do yourselves a favour, in the dark winter months rent or buy this movie and discover this gem for yourself. If you were one of the ones that saw this back in the late 80's but did not pay much attention to it - watch it again, it will probably surprise you just how good a film you forgot this really was.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** TOP NOTCH ACTION COMEDY ****, 15 Oct 2002
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Mr. N. Carnegie (Kirkcaldy, Scotland, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
This is the story of a bounty hunter (De Niro) trying to get to LA with white collar criminal (Grodin) to collect a million dollar bounty. Unfortunately for him though, not only his bounty ann incessant pain in the ass but he's also got the mob, the Feds and another bounty hunter all trying to stop him collecting his pay check.
Midnight Run is a rare gem, a top class action comedy with one of the most unusual screen "buddy" partnerships in cinematic history, which has sadly been somewhat overlooked by the majority of people and that's a great shame because it boasts great characters, great comedy, great action scenes, a wonderful plot and a brilliant script with stand-out performances from Dennis Farina, Charles Grodin and in particular Robert De Niro who proves what a great comedic (as well as character) actor he is.
Expertly directed by Martin Brest, who directed Beverly Hills Cop (and Scent Of A Woman), this is in my opinion a much better movie than the much lauded Eddie Murphy movie and a must see, particularly if you are a fan of Robert De Niro. In fact it is so good I'd give the movie five stars if it weren't for the lack of extras on the DVD but (especially at a budget price) this is definitely one well worth adding to your collection.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 7 May 2004
This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this film originally on TV, then decided to buy it.
Midnight Run is possibly one of the funniest films ive ever seen. Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin make the perfect combination. Throughout the film they constantly get at each others throats.
Robert De Niro is a bounty hunter sent on what is seen as an easy pickup. It turns out to be the exact opposite.
Extremely cleverly plotted, extremely well written, Funny as hell, some nice action, and various ways of expressing the word f*** make this an absoloutly brilliant movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect, 11 Sep 2007
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T. Almy (derby, england) - See all my reviews
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I haven't really got anything to add to the other reviews apart from re-iterating what a gem this movie is. Yes, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver are more accomplished films but neither can reduce me to tears like the short, simple scene when he meets his estranged daughter. No sentiment; just beautiful, honest acting from De Niro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Poor DVD, 16 Mar 2010
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M. Robertson (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
I feel I must warn potential buyers that this since this was one of the first DVDs it does not contain an anamorphic widescreen image. This means you must blow up the image to fill your TV (rendering the resolution closer to VHS).

It's still a five-star film but we really need a better version on DVD or Blu-ray. My copy's going to the charity shop in the meantime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 April 2008
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This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
Midnight Run is an action comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin as bounty hunter and bounty respectively. Jack Walsh (De Niro) must deliver ex-Mob accountant Jonathon Mardukis, a.k.a "the Duke", (Grodin) to L.A. bail bondsman Joe Pantoliano on time to collect his $100,000 fee.

It seems like an easy job ("a midnight run") but fate has other plans. De Niro and Grodin end up going cross-country by plane, train and road with action and laughs all the way. With the FBI, bumbling Mobsters (led by the frustrated Dennis Farina) and a rival bounty hunter (John Ashton) all fighting to get their hands on the Duke, there is no let up in the entertainment.

The dialogue, acting and pace all flows so brilliantly. Though not known for his comedy, De Niro excels in the role. The music by Danny Elfman is also top drawer. A great 80s buddy movie that has not aged a bit. An excellent movie that I highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER... GREAT COMEDY!!!, 31 Jan 2005
Jack Walsh is a bounty hunter played miraculously by Robert DeNiro sent to collect the 'Duke' played by Charles Brodin on he way he comes across various problems and mishaps, from another hunter trying to cash in, to the mob trying to take out his man in custody, the FBI get involved too, it's a mad dash across America from plane, to train to car to train to plane to car again its total mayhem, and comedy with character. Martin Brest (probably best known for Scent of a Woman and Beverley Hills Cop) directs this masterpiece and I love it - Joe Pantoliano does good too...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about the best buddy movie you will ever see..., 12 July 2000
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This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
I have long been a fan of this movie. It was shamefully overlooked as just another buddy/road movie at the time, but the performances of all involved are truly fantastic.
De Niro works in bailer bonds (I know, American stuff - but not complicated) basically he chases those nasty old criminals who have skipped bail. He is an ex-cop who is fed up and wants out. He is soon granted the opportunity in the form of a $100,000 contract to catch a seemingly harmless accountant who ripped off some Mob guys and, fearing for his life, has disappeared.
The pursuit that follows is hilarious, action packed and Charles Grodin is exceptional as the quiet but still annoyingly-in-your face accountant.
I aint gonna tell you anymore other than get it...it is a whole lot of fun (and the soundtrack is great too).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant action comedy, 30 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
From Martin Brest, the director of Beverley Hills Cop, comes a hilarious action comedy pairing Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin as a mismatched double team. Jack Walsh (De Niro) is a tough and cynical bounty hunter sent by a bail bondsman to track down Jonathon Mardukas (Grodin), an accountant who embezzled $15 million from his mafia boss employer. Walsh thinks he's been landed an easy job (a 'Midnight Run' in bounty hunter talk) but the mild-mannered Mardukas is able to irritate his plans more than any gun-wielding thug could ever do. On the trans-America journey from New York to LA (in plane, train, bus and car) their initial irritation with one anothers habits develops into a hilarious co-dependence as they are simultaneously pursued by the FBI, a bunch of Mob killers and another bounty hunter.
It is a rich and ludicrous cocktail of frentic car chases, witty dialogues, well-developed characters and some genuinely touching moments. De Niro and Grodin improvise off each other superbly, and this is definately a film that stands up to repeat viewing.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS AN AMAZING THING TO WATCH. FUN AS HELL!!!, 8 Dec 2004
This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
This is pure genius. This film stars one of my favourite stars. This film incorporate action, suspense and rib-splitting comedy, it involve Robert DeNiro and a run across America, dodging planes because his hostage has a fear of flying (apparently), dropping in unexpectedly on the woman he divorced and hasn't seen in quite a while, catching trains, robbing bars and keeping a few steps ahead of the feds, the mob and a bounty hunter intent on cashing in himself. It thrills and spills all the way through not the most interesting form of comedy you wouldn't have thought but it is, it really is, the acting is phenomonal, the director captures the action with flair
(Martin Brest) and the film as a whole is a must see in anyones book. Honestly, seriously get a copy now!
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