Midnight Run (1988) – An immensely entertaining comedy that provides plenty of laughs

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Jack Walsh is a former cop-turned-bounty hunter who works for a bail bondsman named Eddie Moscone. Eddie persuades Jack to go after Jonathan Mardukas – who used to be an accountant for a mob boss named Jimmy Serrano – for $100,000. Meanwhile, the FBI wants to know where Mardukas is too. They hope to finally nail Serrano with the help of the evidence and testimony that he might provide. Jack has no plans to let his bounty go down the drain so he makes his own independent inquiries. While Jack is making arrangements for his transportation from New York to Los Angeles, Serrano orders his henchmen to take down Mardukas. Jack soon realizes that Mardukas is a real pain-in-the-ass and the trip is not going to be an easy one. Annoyed by this constant change of plans, Moscone sends another bounty hunter named Marvin Dorfler after Mardukas, much to Jack’s and everyone else’s annoyance.

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If you ask me which is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, my answer is going to be very simple – Midnight Run.  I never get bored of it no matter how many times I’ve seen it. For me, it’s the ultimate TV dinner movie. A perfect movie to go along with your fried chicken and French fries. With Midnight Run, Robert De Niro finally proved that he can do comedy as well. Well, actually he had already done that with Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy but that film is more of a black comedy, isn’t it? Anyway, Midnight Run is a combination of so many genres. It’s an action movie, buddy movie, road trip movie, gangster movie all rolled into one. The casting couldn’t have been more perfect. Charles Grodin is phenomenal as Jonathan Mardukas. His chemistry with De Niro is so amazing that you’ve never seen anything like this in movies before. In the beginning, they are two people who don’t want to be near each other but gradually, you see a great friendship brewing between the two.

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But let’s not forget the equally brilliant supporting cast. Yaphet Kotto plays an FBI agent named Alonzo Mosley and every time he appears in a scene, it makes me laugh. Some of his expressions and quips are hilarious! And so is John Ashton as Marvin Dorfler, the other bounty hunter sent by Moscone. (“Why don’t you quit? It’d be cheaper for both of us.”) These characters are so good that even writing about them puts a smile on my face. Even the two Italian henchmen make me laugh. (“What are you staring at? You gonna propose?”) Dennis Farina plays Jimmy Serrano and Philip Baker Hall has a small role as Serrano’s adviser.

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