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Midnight Madness

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Midnight Madness


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Product Details

  • Actors: David Naughton, Debra Clinger, David Damas, Michael J. Fox, Stephen Furst
  • Directors: David Wechter, Michael Nankin
  • Writers: David Wechter, Michael Nankin
  • Producers: Ron Miller
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PPF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Midnight Madness" on IMDb

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By the_smoking_quill on August 23, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
OK, in terms of absolute merit, I'll be the first to admit that this is not a 5-star movie. However, in terms of sheer, nostalgic fun and late-night silliness, Midnight Madness is a classic--as the numerous, heartfelt reviews here show.
The plot is simple: a mastermind, Leon, stages a Los Angeles-wide scavenger hunt, inviting five captains and their teams to play for everlasting glory. Heralding in the class-consciousness of later '80's movies, there are the White Team (nerds on mopeds); the Green Team (jocks in Meat Machine convertible); Red Team (sorority gals); Blue Team (outcasts in super-van with computer--TRS-80?); and Yellow Team (the good guys). Any bets on the winners?
It's low-brow, slapstick, often cheesy and utterly improbable stuff. Yet in its own twisted universe, it _works_. The best thing HBO ever did in its youth was airing this movie practically every day. I don't think I ever watched it from start to finish, but I watched segments so many times that it all came together. Barf and Melio playing the piano; Pabst Blue Ribbon; the Big Boy; MISS!!!!!!!; roller skates; the arcade . . . and of course, the immortal "fagabeefy?". Almost mindless, but pretty darn clean, especially in light of today's gross-out flicks. (It was Disney's second PG movie, after The Black Hole.)
Other amazing tidbits: this was the film debut of both Michael J. Fox and Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Rubens. Stephen Furst (Harold, the leader of the blue team) out-Flounders Flounder, his role in Animal House. The hotel desk clerk, Marvin Kaplan, played Henry on TV's "Alice." Andy Tennant, the snyde Melio, has gone on to bigger (if not better) things as the director of "Anna and the King" and "Fools Rush In.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "unowen" on September 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Having appeared in this film - on the white "nerd" team - I never thought it would achieve almost "cult" status. I had just finished appearing in a "serious" play, and while I did have fun filming, it was quite a let down for me. Although I thought the finished movie was an light diversion, upon the films release it was blasted by the critics and - I thought- destined to oblivion. But a "cable classic"? What a pleasant surprise. Unknown at the time, Michael J. Fox was nice and friendly to work with...and who knew? For me the film is now a guilty pleasure. Enjoy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on June 18, 2004
Format: DVD
"Midnight Madness," I learned, was only the second live action 'PG' rated film to come out of Disney studios. The first was the science fiction film "The Black Hole," a movie best left moldering on video store shelves. "Midnight Madness" will never fade away since HBO, in its infinite wisdom, played the film on a perpetual loop from roughly 1982 to 1986. I must have watched this movie a thousand times during that period, and so did a million other people from the looks of it. Strangely, I completely forgot about the film for seventeen years, only remembering it when I stumbled over reviews for the picture on some website. Unfortunately, at the time it had not come out on DVD, so I had to wait until Disney saw fit to release it. Rewatching any film after a nearly two-decade interregnum is often a painful experience. In the case of "Midnight Madness," the sheer exuberance of the actors' performances and the wild hilarity of the plot completely overshadow spots of bad acting and general cheesiness. Never the sort of film that would win any awards-except for one of those raspberry trophies, perhaps-the picture still entertains. HBO ought add this to the queue again.

"Midnight Madness" is a scavenger hunt film in the vein of "Scavenger Hunt," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," and "Million Dollar Mystery." Some guy named Leon (Alan Solomon) manages to convince a group of his fellow college students to take part in his latest entertainment, a scavenger hunt called "The Game." Five groups of kids will take part; each identified by a specific color, e.g. white, red, yellow, green, and blue. Of course, each group represents a clique on campus. The white team consists of the geeks, led by the always awesome Eddie Deezen in the role of Wesley.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Quinn on January 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
RIGHT NOW YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING MIDNIGHT MADNESS.
And I suppose it's too much bother for you to remember Scott's BIRTHDAY! pin-ball-sit-E, PIN BALL CITY! And I'm tired of making poached eggs every morning! ...just a little present from my father... Hey Einstein! Isn't Venus over there? Hey Armpit, be careful! Miss! There's a cockroach in my water!
My eternal thanks to my sister Debbie for purchasing this gem for me this past Christmas...our copy was getting pretty sketchy...and thanks to Shelley for a killer review! Now there's a girl who knows what's up!
A piece of trivia: Maggie Roswell, who plays Donna ("get in! get in!") is one of the voices on The Simpsons...look for her name in the credits!
Now go buy this movie and quote it from beginning to end, preferably with a friend! : )
p.s. do you think the other chick in the red team was a lesbian?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I became hooked on this movie when I was a kid in the early '80s. We had one of those huge satellite dishes and could catch the same movie on twice as much as someone with regular cable since we had both East & West coast HBO, not to mention every other movie channel out there. Subsequently, my brother and I used to watch this movie practically every time it aired. We knew it by heart as kids, and it was fun seeing it again as an adult and realizing that I still remembered all the lines, even the words to that hokie, yet endearing theme song. "Duuuh....Fagabeefee?" has been a running joke within our family for years. The movie is basically a disco scavenger hunt featuring the nightlife, the boogie, the roller skates, and of course the Pabst Blue Ribbon. There's even romance. Be sure to look for those hot glances between the shy Adam and the wanton Laura. (I'm being facetious, of course. But I do find those scenes - unintentionally - funny.) Also worth mentioning and indicative of the time it was made are the Devo-esque nerds on the mopeds. This is a must see for '80s children and anyone else who enjoys cornball comedies.
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