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July 29, 2014

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lipranzer

I don't remember it's been argued here or not, but someone wrote (and I agree) MIDNIGHT RUN is the one De Niro comedy where he's not spoofing his own persona. Obviously, his previous roles do inform the movie and the performance, but he plays it completely straight. That, I think, is one of the main reasons the movie works so well (that, of course, and the script and other performances, especially Grodin, Dennis Farina and Yaphet Kotto).

Tom Block

Yeah. He even deflates the tough guy BS--Walsh looks whipped by life through most of the movie.

Kurzleg

Isn't part of the reason he looks whipped is because he tried to do the right thing and had it blow up in his face? Because he remained an honest cop and got no payoff? He may be subverting tough-guy cliches, but isn't that required by the script?

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