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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 37)::

44. “Midnight Run” (1988)

Movie Summary:

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.

From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095631/


 Robert De Niro—Jack Walsh

 Charles Grodin—Joanthan Mardukas

 Yaphet Kotto—Alonzo Mosely

 Johhn Ashton—Marvin Dorfler

 Dennis Farina--Jimmy Serrano

 Joe Pantoilano—Eddie Moscone

 Richard Foronjy—Toney Darvo

 Robert Miranda—Joey


 Martin Brest

 Facts about the this movie:

 *Budget: $30,000,000

 *Opening Weekend: $5,506,290 (USA) (1 Screen)

 *Gross: $38,413,606 (USA)

 *The film was shot on location in Arizona, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Michigan, Manhattan, Las Vegas, Idaho and New Zealand.

 *Paramount Pictures originally owned the rights to Midnight Run, and they wanted a big name star to appear opposite De Niro in order to improve the film's chances at the box office. It was suggested that the character of John 'Duke' Mardukas be changed to a woman, and be played by 'Cher', who had had recent box office success with The Witches of Eastwick, Suspect and Moonstruck. It was felt that casting Cher opposite De Niro would lend some "sexual overtones" to the relationship between the two characters. Director Martin Brest however, rejected the gender switch idea, so Paramount next suggested giving the role to Robin Williams, who had recently had a big hit with Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams read and liked the script, and agreed to audition. In the meantime however, Brest had auditioned the little known Charles Grodin and had liked Grodin's interaction with De Niro. As such, Breast cast Grodin without auditioning Williams, and Paramount decided to drop out of the project, selling the rights to Universal, who went ahead with the De Niro/Grodin casting.

*Robert De Niro spent time with bounty hunters as part of his preparation for this role.

*Charles Grodin changed a line in the screenplay from "As an accountant" to "As your accountant" to show the growing bond between Walsh and Mardukas.

*Charles Grodin has permanent scars resulting from the real handcuffs he had to wear for a great deal of the film.

*The boxcar scene where Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and John Mardukas (Charles Grodin) discuss whether or not they could ever be friends, was almost entirely improvised on set. As regards Grodin's famous "Have you ever had sex with a chicken?" line, he was told by director Martin Brest to come up with something that was guaranteed to make even Robert De Niro laugh.

*The scene where John Mardukas (Charles Grodin) falls off a cliff was shot in the Salt River Canyon in eastern Arizona. However, the conclusion of the scene, the shots of Mardukas and Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) crashing through the river rapids, was shot in New Zealand because the water was too cold in Arizona.

*The famous "Litmus Configuration" scene was mostly improvised.

*Dennis Farina shot all of his scenes in Las Vegas because he was also shooting the TV show Crime Story there as well.

*John Ashton said that Robert De Niro got into the part so much that during the fight scene on the train, De Niro actually hit him.

*In the scene where Marvin is knocked out by Serrano's thugs, the script originally had him killed in that scene. But it was changed because if not for his presence at the climax, it would have wound up a lot less dramatic and suspenseful.

*After doing The Untouchables, Robert De Niro was looking for some lighter material to do next. Initially, he wanted to play the lead in Penny Marshall's Big, but the studio wasn't interested in having DeNiro play the role, and it ultimately went to Tom Hanks. De Niro was then offered Midnight Run, which he liked, and agreed to appear in.

*Yaphet Kotto was suffering from a fever for almost his entire involvement in the movie.

*The idea to have Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) continually checking his watch, and the whole back-story related to his habit, was all De Niro's own idea.

*Charles Grodin said the script was the best he had ever read.

*The theatrical trailer for the film shows several scenes which were not included in the final cut. For example, shortly after Jack (Robert De Niro) has captured Jonathan (Charles Grodin) for the first time, there is a scene where they are driving down a city street at night, and Mardukas tries to escape from the car, causing Jack to point his gun at Mardukas and tell him to make himself comfortable, to which Mardukas responds "I'm very comfortable." Another scene involves Jack, Jonathan and Marvin (John Aston) in the car trying to escape from the helicopter, and Jack turns around and yells "They're gaining on us," to which Mardukas responds "Of course, they're gaining on us, they're in a helicopter." A third scene occurs when Jack and Mardukas get the lift from the Native Americans, and as they are traveling along the road a Native American asks them if they travel a lot, to which Jack and Mardukas look knowingly at one another.

*Charles Grodin said the script was the best he had ever read.

From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095631/trivia

 Why I Picked this movie #44:

 1.It Hold up.

 2. It was a great cast.

 3. It was great script

 4. Really run movie.

 5. Great action scene.

 6. Great chemistry between the whole but, especially between Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro.

 7. This is first movie that showed Robert De Niro could do comedy and it show how much of a well rounded actor he is.

 8. There some great fucking scene.

 9. Great story.

 10. It is one of the most under rated movie for the 1980’s, as matter I might done some under rating myself.

 11. Robert De Niro has the right temperament for this role.

 12. Charles Grodin is awesome. One of his best movies.

 13. Great casting for this movie.

 14. Great ending sequence to the movie.

 First time seeing it:

  On VHS                                                                                                                                                                                   

Movie trailer:





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