“See ya within the subsequent life,” The Duke and Jake Walsh say to one another close to the top of Midnight Run, one the moviedom’s nice buddy-action flicks. Charles Grodin, who performed bail-jumping mob accountant John “Duke” Mardukas within the 1998 movie, died today at 86. His co-star, two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro, paid tribute to the late actor right this moment.
“Chuck was pretty much as good an individual as he was an actor,” De Niro mentioned in an announcement. “Midnight Run was an incredible undertaking to work on, and Chuck made it a fair higher one. He can be missed. I’m very, very unhappy to listen to of his passing.”
Midnight Run additionally was an incredible undertaking to look at.
Directed by Martin Brest from an underrated screenplay by George Gallo, the film follows De Niro’s Walsh, a cop-turned-bounty hunter who is obtainable a tidy — and later disputed — sum to retrieve the Duke. Appears the person sometimes called “The Accountant” embezzled $15 million or so from a big-time wiseguy Jimmy Serrano (Dennis Farina), then skipped out on his six-figure bail. Legitimately distraught bail bondsman Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) needs his man, and his cash, and hires Walsh to seek out the Duke and get him to L.A. in 5 days.
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Midnight Run then morphs into a comic book road-trip actioner that includes an more and more agitated FBI agent (Yaphet Kotto, who died in March), a scuzzy rival bounty hunter (John Ashton) and a bumbling couple of mob enforcers (Richard Foronjy and Robert Miranda) as all of them chase Walsh and the Duke cross-country by practice, airplane and car. All of the whereas, the pursued duo strike up an unlikely, and transferring, friendship.
The movie is a stone traditional, with a 94% Recent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and sure a 100% traditional ranking amongst followers of Grodin, De Niro and the buddy-action style.