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Movie : Midnight Run

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We open on two guys trying to bust the same guy. Undercover cops? No. Welcome to the world of Bail Bondsmen. Jack is given the job of finding and getting a bond, The Duke. If Jack gets him back to L.A on time he’ll make a hundred g’s. Problem is there is some competition to get the Duke. FBI, the Mob and another bondsman. We go on a road trip with Jack and the Duke as they try to make it to L.A. Shouldn’t be that hard right? Wrong. It’s hard and it’s dangerous.

I love this film. It was fun to watch. It’s a comedy that works for CB. The director, Martin Brest has a good script and a talented cast to work with. The support is fantastic from Dennis Farina’s mob boss and his not so smart henchmen to Yaphet Koto and his men. Throw in John Ashton as Marvin, one big prick of a bondsman and there’s never a dull moment.

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Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin have instant chemistry. Oil and water. “I’ve know you all of 2 minutes and I already don’t like you”. They really are good together. Grodin is like someone scratching his finger nails on a chalkboard to DeNiro’s character. Their relationship grows as the story unfolds. It breaks out of one dimensional and gets a bit of a human side, not much but a bit. Worked for me. I like these guys as actors and I liked their characters.

Midnight Run caught me by surprise. Way better than I was expecting. Not reinventing the wheel here just a blast for CB. Lots of sleazeballs, dumb shits (Marvin), action, one liners, running gags, smoking, swearing. I was engaged in the story which is basically how can you fuck the next guy to  benefit yourself. Go on a road trip with Jack and The Duke. You’ll have some fun.

“Nothing personal Jack, just fuck off OK.”

32 comments on “Movie : Midnight Run

  1. the press music reviews
    October 25, 2020

    Love this movie too. Dennis Farina has some great lines, something about “burying a telephone in your head”. I particularly like the guy playing Dorfler, he’s in Beverley Hills Cop. Same Director. And one of De Niro’s best roles. Thanks CB

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  2. tref
    October 25, 2020

    “Looks like I’m walkin’.” Great film.

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  3. deKE
    October 25, 2020

    Great flick. Saw this one at the shoebox theater back in the day. Cineplex is what I meant to say. lol

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  4. Jim S.
    October 25, 2020

    Haven’t seen this in a long time. I always had the feeling that DeNiro really found Grodin personally irritating and possibly not on his level as an actor. But I saw this quote in Wikipedia: “De Niro attributed a lot of the film’s eventual success to Charles Grodin. “The way Chuck Grodin is, it worked”, he said. “His character was irritating and Chuck knew how to do that, to work that. I felt like that was a good way to go”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 25, 2020

      I would say that a little of Chuck’s personality helped the chemistry. I’m glad they left it at one and didnt do a bunch of sequels.

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      • Jim S.
        October 25, 2020

        Movie sequels no. But it turns out there were a couple of TV sequels.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 25, 2020

        But not the same cast?

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      • Jim S.
        October 25, 2020

        Nope. Don’t think I’ve ever seen DeNiro on TV other than as a talk show guest. Unless you count Irishman, made for Netflix

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 25, 2020

        He sure changed his mind about sequels later. Ouch!

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      • Jim S.
        October 26, 2020

        DeNiro’s in some POS called “War with Grandpa” that has a 30% rating on Rotten Tomoates. God knows what current generations think of him but as far as I’m concerned he’s squandering his talent. Uma Thurman is wasting her time in it too. Paycheck movie.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 26, 2020

        “Paycheck”. Yup.

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      • Jim S.
        October 26, 2020

        BTW, I’m reading this book

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 26, 2020

        How is it?

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      • Jim S.
        October 26, 2020

        Good, interesting. He relates the plot in narrative form and then talks about behind-the-scenes stuff. Seems a litle thin content-wise as I’m halfway through and the movie is over. Now he’s talking about the music used, the editing, etc. But still, all good. I know you liked the flick and my sense is you’d get into this.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 27, 2020

        Yes i would. Put it on my book list.

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      • Jim S.
        October 27, 2020

        I saw a review in the paper and said man, I gotta read that. Such a great movie. My buddy Bill and I can quote Scorsese all day long. “I’m gonna eat your dog for lunch. You hear me Larry?”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 27, 2020

        “I hear ya”

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  5. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 25, 2020

    I’ll keep my eyes open for this one. Haven’t seen it. Have you seen Everything’s Fine? It’s a good drama with De Niro from about ten years ago.

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  6. badfinger20 (Max)
    October 25, 2020

    Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin…that is a pair I never thought of together…ever. Sounds like a good movie.

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  7. BuriedOnMars
    October 27, 2020

    Love this one! I couldn’t agree more with you about the supporting cast. Farina and Koto were great! It has been a long time since I’ve seen it though. I need to give it a rewatch.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 27, 2020

      It hasnt lost anything Mars except a few things like telephone booths and lots of smoking. And a bit of profanity.

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  8. Tony
    October 30, 2020

    I’ve always enjoyed this film and thought it never got enough respect. Now here come two words for you…

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  9. 1dancequeendq
    November 3, 2020

    Might have to watch this again. I have hazy memories of it. I remember that it made me smile. Some great oneliners too.

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