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85 of 89 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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2.0 out of 5 stars The movie is great. The quality of the video is quite bad ...
The movie is great. The quality of the video is quite bad even for a DVD. I was not expecting a Blu Ray quality but definitely not such an inferior grainy video. Even the package itself looks cheap. Shame no one picked up the glove and transformed this excellent movie to Blu Ray format.
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85 of 89 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Run 1988, the benchmark for the buddy buddy road movie., 26 May 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The unsung DeNiro classic. The missing 80s masterpiece as regards everything coming together, and simply the best buddy buddy movie that, to me at least, has ever hit the screen.

De Niro & Grodin, there is no other duo in the genre that bounces off each other with the 100% joyful results we get here. They define the term dynamic duo. Director Martin Brest lets his actors do their thing, it is the sort of film where the cast are just happy to be working and use their talent to the max. Be it improv or visually acting in the back ground, both men are at one and in some chemistry zone.

The score from Danny Elfman is like some hybrid western wacky races fusion, but hell it works well. One of Elfman's best ever scores in fact. The dialogue is electric, some of the script is so sharp it should be put away in a sharps box and labelled up as to be opened whilst wearing gloves. The rest of the cast are uniformly brilliant, be it the wonderful John Ashton as rival bounty hunter Marvin, the menacing yet cheekily attired Dennis Farina as mob boss Jimmy Serrano, or Yaphet Kotto as the constantly irritated FBI agent Alonso Mosely, it's pretty much a flawless cast in optimum gear.

The rating on the big movie sites, though high enough, is still a disgrace, I can only think that DeNiro fans really didn't want to see him doing a comedy? Well I say they are wrong! Because this film shows that the great man once had much to give the comedy/action splinter of film. Perhaps he just needed the perfect foil of Charles Grodin alongside him? Either way this film is smart, funny, even tender at times (I defy all to not be touched deeply during a daughter/father reunion).

It has no peers for an 80s action/comedy, with bags of action (Brest shows some great skills at action construction) to keep the pulses raised, a group of characters beautifully brought to life by a top draw cast, and a finale that gladdens the heart because it closes exactly the way it should, Midnight Run, my bias not withstanding, is a benchmark movie for its ilk.

Fistophobia for those that don't agree! 10/10
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20 of 22 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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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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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Run comes to BD - and about time too!, 22 April 2015
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This review is from: Midnight Run [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A fantastic BD release of a great film. Great sound and picture quality, and for the extras some newly-shot interviews with Charles Grodin, Joe Pantoliano, John Ashton (17 mins and worth the price of the BD...he evidently had a great time making the film and towards the end of the interview a surprise as he recounts how he got into acting...) screenwriter George Gallo - who wrote a GREAT script in the first place - and a telephone interview with Yaphet Kotto.

Oh, if only someone had done a commentary!

Highly recommended purchase - both if you have the DVD but also if you want an upgrade.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST see!!!, 17 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] (DVD)
Saw this film on TV recently. Robert De Niro plays a bail bond agent who's life has sort of lost direction. He is given the assignment to catch Charles Grodin's character who has failed to repay bail.
The comedy is what makes this movie great, between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin there is a real chemistry you do not often see, the pair are flamin' hilarious in this movie and sometimes it feels almost as though they have achieved this unintentionally, I don't think anyone realised how well they work together!!!
The worst thing about this movie is the fact similar plots have been used already in countless American cop movies but this one is clearly the best.
Overall I was honestly gobsmacked by how good this movie actually was, if you haven't seen it YOU MUST!!! Simple to follow storylines, no twists and happy ever after endings normally make up dull movies, not this one though. Would even go as far as to say this is potentially my greatest movie of all time (except Vanishing Point)!!!
My rating: 93% (MUST SEE)
Genre: Action, Comedy.
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24 of 27 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walsh got the Duke!! Walsh got the Duke?! He got the Duke!!!, 24 Feb. 2004
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Jack Burton (Porkchop Express) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Midnight Run [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
This movie is dynamite, I could watch it over and over.
It's road movie with bounty hunters, mafiosos, cops, the FBI and one accountant who they all wanna get a piece of.
It's hilarious and with so many different scenes the pace never lets up.
Danny Elfman's score is to die for, it is superb, I've been trying to track down the OST for ages (£25 quid on Ebay is the cheapest I could find it). The music really makes every scene that bit more special.
The DVD does lack extras: there aint any!! Which is a big shame but this is one DVD movie that doesn't need extras to get you to buy it, the film is whats important here.
Sit back and enjoy this flick anytime, even better with a cold beer and Walsh will make you wanna light up a smoke (he does in nearly every scene!).
Great film, get it.
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