Saturday, November 28, 2009

January 15, 2010 - Midnight Run

This is one of a couple of DeNiro appearances in the 40/40 series, and quite surely the only Charles Grodin appearance. Midnight Run is one of my all-time favorite DeNiro performances as Jack Walsh, ex-cop and bounty hunter out to make that last big score so he can quit the business forever.
While it's hard to believe, pairing him up with Charles Grodin's Jonathan 'The Duke' Mardukas was brilliant casting. The two play off one another perfectly - it's a buddy picture gone wrong. The film also features several excellent supporting performances including Yapphet Kotto and Dennis Farina.

Danny Elfman contributes a nice score that is refreshingly different than what would become his signature sound in the late 80s/early 90s. This is more jazzy Oingo Boingo and less brooding Batman, etc.

Only the best comedies hold up to repeat viewings, and in the years since I saw it the first time, I can still watch Midnight Run and can't help but laugh out loud. Come see if that's true for you, too, when we screen the film on the 15th.

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