Bounty hunter Jack Walsh's latest job is to find Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas, a mob accountant. That is, unless the feds and the mob don't find him first. A terrific action-comedy from the director of "Beverly Hills Cop."
Director Martin Brest rocketed to the top of Hollywood's A list with the blockbuster success of Beverly Hills Cop
, and this 1988 follow-up is even better. Midnight Run
is a genuine rarity--an action comedy that's dramatically satisfying--thanks to a sharp script by George Gallo, the superb teaming of Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and Brest's consummate skill in combining suspense and humor with well-developed characters. De Niro plays a maverick bounty hunter whose latest assignment is Grodin, an accountant accused of embezzling from the Mob. De Niro thinks he's in for an easy job, transporting Grodin (who's afraid to fly) from New York to Los Angeles, but soon discovers that both the FBI and the Mafia are hot on Grodin's trail. Equal parts road trip, action thriller, and a quirky character study, Midnight Run
moves at a breakneck pace but still gives De Niro and Grodin time to create rich, memorable performances as two men who seem to be opposites, but gradually develop mutual respect and admiration. Mainstream entertainment at its best. --Jeff Shannon