Tuesday's Forgotten Film this week is the 1988 comedy Midnight Run.
The film stars Robert DeNiro as bounty hunter Jack Walsh, a former cop who was disgraced by Chicago mob boss Eddie Moscone (Dennis Farina) as retaliation for trying to take Moscone down. Walsh takes a job to bring in accountant Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin) to his bail bondsman. Mardukas was arrested for embezzling money from Moscone. Walsh and Mardukas take a cross country trek, all the while trying to escape the clutches of Moscone, a rival bounty hunter, and the FBI, who want Mardukas to testify against Moscone.
The film blends comedy and action very well, and DeNiro and Grodin make great foils for each other. The supporting cast (including Yaphet Kotto, Joe Pantoliano, and John Ashton) is superb, with every cast member adding something special to the mix. As well as the action is executed, the verbal play between all characters is witty and hysterical. The movie is readily available on DVD and online services, and I highly recommend making the effort to see Midnight Run.
Here is a sampling of the fun the film offers (language NSFW). Thanks!