1988, Comedy/Action, 2h 2m53 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings
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Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy. Read critic reviews
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The interplay between the two leads is pure gold.June 27, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Who said movies always have to be original? This one is redeemed by execution and brilliant talent: De Niro, Grodin, director Martin Brest, composer Danny Elfman, most of the cast and technicians.
A performance like De Niro's, in a well-made entertainment like Midnight Run, is cheap at any price. And capable of restoring the audience's faith in the form.
De Niro is nervily hilarious and Grodin nervelessly exceptional in Midnight Run, a formula buddy movie exalted to insta-classic status by their performances.July 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Brace yourself for a movie joyride that sends you home reeling from thrills, laughter and the pleasure of honest sentiment.
Grodin and De Niro are different kinds of actors, but they share a knack for detail and a gift for understatement that keeps their scenes together crackling.
Audience Reviews for Midnight Run
Jul 23, 2020It's the odd couple on the road as a bounty hunter's capture proves to be more troublesome than expected to take cross the country while being chased by the Mob and the FBI. The fun is in the chemistry between the main stars, unexpected and rewarding. A nice time at the movies.Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
May 12, 2018With a few exceptions, the movie is more low key than you'd expect with both De Niro and Grodin staying completely true to their Odd Couple-esque pairing.Alec B Super Reviewer
Jul 31, 2012Many films have tried (and failed) to combine the genres of action and comedy. They were particularly popular in the 80's with the most successful being Walter Hill's "48 Hrs" and Michael Ritchie's "Fletch" and four years before this film, director Martin Brest had already delivered one the decades best in "Beverly Hills Cop". With the studios churning them out to this day, this still stands as one of the finest of it's kind. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, bounty hunter (Robert DeNiro) must find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant (Charles Grodin) from New York to Los Angeles. What he doesn't bargain for though, is that the F.B.I., the Mafia and another rival bounty hunter (John Ashton) are also on the trail. As problems arise on the trip back, a strange bond and friendship develop between the disparate duo. How many films can you honestly say deliver on all fronts? Off the top of my head, I can't think of many. This, however, is definitely one of them. It has exciting action set-pieces; perfectly tuned comedy moments; it has pathos; character development from an unlikely pairing of actors and throughout it all, maintains a level of danger. Is there really anymore you can ask for? Working from a marvellous script by George Gallo, director Martin Brest has the perfect balance on this one. He captures all the aforementioned qualities just right and shows a level of skill in his handling of the material. What makes this film work so well though, is the chemistry from it's leads; two complete opposites but still entirely believable. Robert DeNiro is an actor that has never been taken lightly and has, rightly, received acclimations aplenty throughout his illustrious career. However, on occasion, some of his performances are slightly overlooked or maybe overshadowed by his more meatier, well known, roles like Travis Bickle, Vito Corleone or Jake LaMotta, when in fact he has several little gems that slip under the radar. This is one of them. His portrayal of bounty hunter Jack Walsh is absolutely superb, delivering an intimidating presence in his trademark style but also a friendly, lightness of touch which add layers and depth to his character. Playing the fool to DeNiro's straight man is a wonderfully endearing but highly irritating Charles Grodin as embezzling accountant Jonathan Mardukas. His character is obsessive, intelligent and gentle of heart and they both play their roles to absolute, comic-gold, perfection. Very rarely do you get such a dissimilar pair that are so believable and work together as well as this. It's down to these two fitting performances that the blend of comedy and action is so seamless. They're not alone though, the rest of the cast are also given substantial supporting roles, particularly a portentous Dennis Farina as gangster Jimmy Serrano and an unscrupulous Joe Pantoliano as bail-bondsman Eddie Moscone. It's a film that affords the time to a host of great characters and performers. Danny Elfman's excellent and dynamic score also helps in developing and maintaining a particular mood and style, keeping the exciting cross-country adventure from ever getting stale. It's an old formula that plays like a cross between John Hughes' 1987 comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and Stanley Kramer's 1958 jail-break classic "The Defiant Ones" but it's injected with such a poignancy and freshness that make it very hard not to be swept away with it. I wouldn't really say that this is a film that's underrated as any that have seen it, tend to speak highly. It is, however, often forgotten about and has claim to be one of the most enjoyable film's of the 80's.Mark W Super Reviewer
Jan 29, 2012Absolutely hilarious, Midnight Run is a great comedy featuring amazing chemistry between De Niro and Charles Grodin. The relationship between the two grows organically in the film, making us care about their actions. It's appropriately dramatic when it needs to, action filled at points, and extremely funny throughout. Ranks along Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Caddyshack, and Beverly Hills Cop as one of the best comedies of the 80s. 4.5/5 StarsJeffrey M Super Reviewer
Midnight Run Quotes
|Jack Walsh:||Don't overcook it. If you overcook it, it's no good. It defeats it's own purpose.|
|Jack Walsh:||I think I'm gonna get the steak, what about you...well why don't you then get the lobster so I can get a little surf n' turf action going.|
|Jack Walsh:||"Yeah, there was a couple of them I might have taken a shot at" - when talking about having sex with good looking chickens|
|Jack Walsh:||Yeah, there was a couple of them I might have taken a shot at. [when talking about having sex with good looking chickens]|
|Jack Walsh:||I'm only going to say three words to you, shut the f.ck up|
|Jack Walsh:||I'm only going to say three words to you, shut the f**k up.|