• Midnight Run (1988)

Midnight Run

Release Date: July 20th, 1988

DVD Release Date: September 2nd, 1998

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

When Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) hires tight-lipped bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) to locate a mob accountant named "The Duke" (Charles Grodin) and bring him to L.A., Eddie tells Jack that the job will be simple, or a "midnight run." But when Jack finds The Duke, the FBI and the mob are anxious to get their hands on him. In a cross-country chase, Jack must evade the authorities, hide from the mob and prevent The Duke's erratic personality from driving him mad.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Phillips, Richard Foronjy

Director: Martin Brest

Genres: Comedy , Action

Production Co: Universal Pictures, City Light Films

Keywords: Transformation, Car, Gritty, New York City, Los Angeles, 1980s, Pursuit, Witty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Midnight Run has thrills, excellent performances, touching moments, slick plotting, lively dialogue, plenty of laughs, beautiful locations and finely detailed direction. It's an across-the-board success, the best new movie I've seen in years. [20 July 1988]

  • 88
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Graciously filmed by Martin Brest and imaginatively performed by Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, the tired concept yields a steady stream of little discoveries and surprising insights that add up to some uncommonly rich comedy. [20 July 1988]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Whoever cast De Niro and Grodin must have had a sixth sense for the chemistry they would have; they work together so smoothly, and with such an evident sense of fun, that even their silences are intriguing. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy