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Midnight Run
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by Jack Sommersby

"De Niro, Grodin, and Brest Work Magic"
5 stars

Excepting his excellent supporting turns in "Brazil" and "Angel Heart", Robert De Niro really hadn't demonstrated his knack for comedy. Well, he does here, and he proves that he can offer just as complex and interesting a character up in a comedy as well as a drama. Forget his sleepwalking work in the godawful "Showtime" and his other comic misfires, for this 1988 teasure is the real deal.

Director/producer Martin Brest's wonderfully entertaining follow-up to his wonderfully entertaining Beverly Hills Cop is this action comedy starring Robert De Niro as a Los Angeles bounty hunter who's assigned to track down and transport accountant Charles Grodin, who jumped bail after being arraigned for embezzling $15 million from a dummy corporation run by the mob. The bounty hunter wants his $100,000 reward, the accountant wants to escape because he'll be killed by the mob if incarcerated, the FBI is hot on their trail, as well as a group of mobster henchmen with itchy trigger fingers and a rival bounty hunter who means to collect the reward himself. The sure-handed direction by Brest keeps the pace hopping and the individual sequences wonderfully filled out; the action is inventively staged; the exuberant music score by Danny Elfman gives the proceedings plenty of bounce; each of the supporting actors gets a chance to shine; and the interplay between De Niro and Grodin (whose diametric acting styles mesh perfectly here) is simply priceless. George Gallo's honey of a screenplay also boasts the kind of delicious dialogue many of us have been quoting for years ("Oh, yeah? Well, here come two words for you: Shut the fuck up."). Perhaps a tad overlong (Grodin's stealing a biplane, with De Niro subsequently hanging onto the wing of it, feels unnecessary), but this warrants nary a slap on the wrist in light of the enormous fun derived from a film with a well-worn story structure that manages to put countless witty spins on the kind of familiarities thought to be unsalvageable. (It's also one of those rare action comedies that gets the tone right.) Offers up that rare cinematic experience that simply makes you feel good.

In a perfect world, De Niro and Grodin would have been sharing an Oscar nomination for their simply-fabulous work here. Unfortunately, Tom Hanks got the nod for his comic work in "Big" that year, even though the performance (not to mention, the film) are inferior.

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7/20/11 Mark Gorman De Niro and Grodin pulled it off! 5 stars
1/30/09 MP Bartley Really, really fun. Grodin steals it effortlessly. 4 stars
8/16/07 William Goss Solid pairing of DeNiro, Grodin elevates formulaic buddy action fare, but not to greatness. 4 stars
7/27/06 Dash This movie should have been nominated for Best Picture that year. I'm not kidding. 5 stars
10/24/05 Bruce Alan A near impossibility - a heartfelt buddy film - a script of true genius 5 stars
9/21/05 Brian Sawyer I'm a reasonably serious movie fan, and this might be my all time favourite 5 stars
8/02/05 ALDO if you don't love this movie, you can suck it hard 5 stars
2/04/05 geraldine rago One of my favorite movies, awesome fun!!!!! 5 stars
12/27/04 mjoc De Niro shows he can do comedy also. Funny film. Grodin is the highlight 5 stars
10/23/04 UMER finally deniro can add a truly great comedy in his resume 5 stars
10/10/04 John brilliant mix of comedy and action - great from start to finish 5 stars
6/22/04 Marc Basque DeNiro and Grodin are great together, and this movie delivers non stop laughs. 4 stars
1/31/04 Ultron A modern classic, De Niro's best performance since Raging Bull. 5 stars
10/26/03 JJ It's a marvelous, well acted bounty hunter chase movie that's a comical drama. 5 stars
4/11/03 Jack Bourbon Looks like it'll be another well-cast flop, but it's, in fact, very good. 4 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby One of the best comedy actioners ever to grace the screen. 5 stars
11/23/02 Charles Tatum Yawnfest 2 stars
7/21/02 sdjfsdkjf De Niro does humour so well when he wants to. Good action. 4 stars
4/18/02 R.W. Welch Ends on a false note; otherwise quite entertaining, sharply written. 4 stars
4/17/02 Ryan Hill Pretty good movie, not a dissapointment. 4 stars
3/23/02 Monster W. Kung Funny and entertaining. Not a classic, but almost. 4 stars
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  20-Jul-1988 (R)
  DVD: 29-Mar-2011

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  DVD: 04-Jul-2000

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Directed by
  Martin Brest

Written by
  George Gallo

  Robert De Niro
  Charles Grodin
  John Ashton
  Yaphet Kotto
  Dennis Farina
  Joe Pantoliano

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