Midnight Run (1988) / Comedy-Thriller

MPAA Rated: R for language throughout
Running Time: 126 min.


Cast: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina
Director: Martin Brest
Screenplay: George Gallo
Review published November 19, 1996

An ex-cop turned bounty hunter (De Niro, The Untouchables) will get $100,000 for bringing in an accountant (Grodin, The Couch Trip) that embezzled $15 million from a large Chicago mob boss. It figured to be a piece of cake, but things turn unbelievable complicated when the accountant refuses to fly in a plane, and they end up being chased all over the country by the mob boss' goons out to kill the quarry, the feds who want him as a witness against the boss, and a rival bounty hunter also out for the big money for bringing him in.

Top-notch comedy/action vehicle from the director of another great 80s comedy/action classic Beverly Hills Cop, Martin Brest. The pace never lets up as one hilarious scene after another go by in this thoroughly satisfying and hilarious adventure. De Niro is good as usual, but the film is stolen by Charles Grodin in the best role of his career as the whining accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas. One of my favorite comedies, and very highly recommended.

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1997 Vince Leo