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Midnight Run (1988)

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.


Martin Brest


George Gallo
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Jack Walsh
Charles Grodin ... Jonathan Mardukas
Yaphet Kotto ... Alonzo Mosely
John Ashton ... Marvin Dorfler
Dennis Farina ... Jimmy Serrano
Joe Pantoliano ... Eddie Moscone
Richard Foronjy ... Tony Darvo
Robert Miranda ... Joey
Jack Kehoe ... Jerry Geisler
Wendy Phillips ... Gail
Danielle DuClos ... Denise
Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney
Tom McCleister ... Red Wood (as Thom McCleister)
Mary Gillis Mary Gillis ... Bus Ticket Clerk
John Toles-Bey ... Monroe Bouchet


Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Charles Grodin). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Charles Grodin embezzled 15 million dollars. The mob wants him dead. The F.B.I. wants him alive. Robert De Niro just wants him to shut up. See more »


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Did You Know?


The boxcar scene--where Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and John Mardukas (Charles Grodin) discuss whether or not they could ever be friends--was almost entirely improvised on-set. As regards Grodin's famous line, "You ever had sex with an animal, Jack?": he was told by director Martin Brest to come up with something that was guaranteed to make even Robert De Niro laugh. See more »


When Moscone returns to his office from Chen Lu's after Walsh tells him his phone is tapped, he catches the sleeve of his shirt coming through the door, tearing the cuff open. Joe Pantoliano realizes it, but continues delivering his lines. See more »


[first lines]
[Jack trying to pick door lock. He drops one of his picks. When he bends over to pick it up, a gun shot is fired through the door, right where his head had been previously]
Jack Walsh: Shit!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Robert De Niro's name is spelled Robert DeNiro. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two cuts to remove lock-picking details were made to the UK video version, which was also upgraded from a 15 cinema certificate to an 18 on video. The British DVD release in 2000 restored the cuts made to previous UK versions. See more »


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 15 August 2017 (2017) See more »

User Reviews

They don't make 'em like the used to.
2 November 2015 | by toddsklarSee all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie, I immediately started it again after the credits rolled. Loved it just as much the 2nd time, and over the years, I can honestly say that almost anytime I watch Midnight Run, I usually end up watching it a 2nd (and sometimes 3rd) time within the next few days.

I'm fairly certain the reason for this is that it's evokes such a feeling, creates such a time and place, that I'm practically nostalgic for watching it the minute it ends. Part of that has to do with Danny Elfman's score, and part of it has to do with DeNiro's and Grodin's performances, but more than anything, it's the fact that they just don't make movies like this anymore.

Midnight Run is without a question a perfect movie, but more importantly, it's a time vessel back to an era where you could tell this kind of story, and make a movie like this, and everyone comes out on top.

I love this movie like I love my childhood.

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Release Date:

20 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,506,290, 24 July 1988

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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