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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.”

48 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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  10. Jim S.
    May 18, 2021

    Growing just left us. Guess I gotta go watch it again. Kind of a tribute.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 18, 2021

      Didnt know that. just watched ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and forgot he was in it. Hadnt heard much of him over the years. Was he sick or just hiding?

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      • Jim S.
        May 18, 2021

        Cancer. So, probably out of commission for a while. The internet’s all jacked up over his death and ‘Midnight Run.” The first thing I recall ever seeing him in was a an Elaine May-directed movie called “The Heartbreak Kid.”

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      • Jim S.
        May 18, 2021

        PS. I don’t remember him in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at all.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 18, 2021

        He played the other doctor that Rosemary went to after she got wind of what was going on. Grodin’s character was in the cult also and returned her to the nasties.
        Wasnt he on a news show a long time ago where he was obsessed with someone like OJ ??. He got pretty out there with it. Him and DeNiro were made for each other. Bobby come back.

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      • Jim S.
        May 19, 2021

        Was he? Check out YouTube videos for his act on talk shows. He stares at Letterman, flat-out insults Johnny Carson.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 19, 2021

        He was attitude for sure. I thought you’d know that segment he had. He was going after someone bigtime. Maybe one of OJ’s lawyers. He was pissed off. I had a tape book of him doing his ‘It would Be So Nice If You Went Away’ Funny dry guy. Sort of a Jack Benny with an edge.

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      • Jim S.
        May 19, 2021

        Don’t remember that at all. He was definitely quirky. Unrelated side note: my friend Bill loaned me a book called ‘Shooting Midnight Cowboy.’ A lot of good stuff about the director John Schlesinger, the writer, etc. I’m 100 pages into the book and nowhere near ‘Cowboy’ yet. Good stuff about how movies went through a cultural revolution in the Sixties. And probably how shocking the subject matter was in 1969 and now you can see that shit on your average cop show.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 19, 2021

        Id be interested in that. The average cop show couldn’t hold a candle to ‘Cowboy’ but you know that. Movies like that are special in my film watching. I think we have common ground of how great the70’s were for film. JS (same initials as you) directed another one we like ‘Marathon Man’

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      • Jim S.
        May 19, 2021

        Yeah, I’m digging it. Just starting to get to some people finding the book and Hollywood optioning it. And shit, Marathon Man. Is it safe? When I think of ‘Cowboy,’ I think of ‘French Connection,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Panic in Needle Park,’ all those gritty, raw NYC movies. I was living in New York at the time. I not only visited Times Square, I actually worked on West 48th st. A fucking cesspool back then. Some of these flicks capture it well.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 19, 2021

        All those flicks. Remember ‘7UPS’ It had lots of cool NY locations. So many food films. You named most the top ones.
        Bios are tricky. Ive read some really good ones. I just purged a bunch that i didnt like. Some just get to gossipy, name dropping for me. The one you’re reading sounds like a good one. A bio can still be a good interesting story.

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      • Jim S.
        May 19, 2021

        Yeah, this is pretty solid reporting. It’s got a strong gay thing going on not only because there’s that in the movie but because the director and writer gay. But it’s used to partially explain why the story was so important to both guys. Probably the most gossipy thing is that Schlesinger could be a dick and pick on a given actor. So his chosen victim in an old flick called “Far From the Madding Crowd’ was Terence Stamp. Seems like a lot of these directors are dictatorial, cruel, pricks.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 19, 2021

        I like reading how things go on set and the creative process. We all have our different styles. Some directors are hard and some not. John Ford was notorious nasty. I know the Stamp thing.
        Good example of what for me is a waste of time. I had a Groucho thing that was some hack job and none of the history of how the Bros made it but just bullshit on lunches with people i didnt care about. Fluff/gossip. I think the person who wrote it was one of those “gossip columnists”. Im sure there’s a definitive Marx Bros book out there. I have a book called ‘Dino’ sitting on my shelf. Nick Tosches takes a crack at Dean Martin. Im very curious.

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      • Jim S.
        May 19, 2021

        ‘Dino’s been on my to-read list forever. Tosches is a good writer. Bill read a two-volume book on Sinatra. He could tell you what the guy had for lunch.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 19, 2021

        Ive heard good things about the Tosches book. I just about pulled the rigger a while ago. Ill get to it.

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  11. Jim S.
    May 18, 2021

    Stupid auto-correct. Grodin not growing.

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