126 Min | Action – Comedy – Crime | October 1988
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Director: Martin Brest
Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto
Midnight Run Review: Midnight Run is one of the most underrated movies of recent memory. The Deniro character is awesome. Most Deniro fans will have to see Midnight Run a couple of times to understand his comedic brilliance in this movie. The interaction between Deniro and Grodin is incomparable. It has been rumored that Grodin aggravated Deniro so much on the movie set that it brought out the best in these two actors in the film. The soundtrack is marvelously written by Danny Elfman. I have one question on the soundtrack, who is that playing the Slide and electric lead guitar on the soundtrack? Is this Danny Elfman himself? There is not any listed credits for the musicians so it is impossible to tell who it is, but suffice it to say that the slide guitar player sounds like Ry Kooder on Steroids.
In Midnight Run, De Niro is Jack Walsh, one of those cops we can just look at and know how good he is at what he does. After being informed of a man named Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin), an accountant who embezzled more than $15 million from a Chicago mob boss and how, if captured, will be worth a $100,000 reward. Walsh sees opportunity to finally open a business, and winds up nabbing The Duke early in the film (but not before snagging an FBI’s identity in order to obtain more private records). Upon capturing him, Walsh assumes the hardest part of the gig is already done and plans to fly him back to L.A.. But after learning that The Duke has an obnoxious and severe fear of flying, the two must find an alternate route to their destination.
But action-comedies are a different story in the regard that the high-octane scenes need to earn the title of “action” and the humorous and witty scenes need to adhere to the principals of “comedy.” Through fun characters and unpredictable chase sequences, Midnight Run is a gem of its genre, with widespread talent across the board and a wonderful, playful sense that never makes it never too serious nor too slapsticky. Somebody show it to Brest, explain that, and get him back to work asap. Overall, Midnight Run is an excellent movie.