Midnight Run (1988)

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Martin Brest directs Robert DeNiro, Charles Grodin and John Aston in this buddy cop movie where a bounty hunter takes a prissy embezzler cross country against the clock.

A very relaxed running time, a distinct lack of punchlines or particularly outstanding set pieces yet it is one of the best of its genre. Definitively enjoyable, it waves along off of the brilliant interplay between DeNiro (committed) and Grodin (perfection). Their Odd Couple dynamic is unmatched in an action film, always abrasive but believably warms as state lines are crossed and the deadline looms. The early Danny Elfman score is a hoot too. Just watch it.

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