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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.Read more ›
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?
"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.Read more ›
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If you like Michael J. Fox, this is a must for your collection.Published 7 days ago by Kenn Goodrich
Awesome movie! This was a gift for my husband, his other DVD would no longer play. He was extremely happy when I gave this to him. I highly recommend this movie to everyone!Published 2 months ago by Terri Brown
Yes, it's old. Yes, it's cheesy. Yes, I was really little when it came out. But it's so much fun to watch and waste a little time.Published 4 months ago by Tara Schaaf
I have been stalking this movie for years. Telling my kids about it and they pooh-poohed it like they were going to hate it. They LOVE it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cathy M.