ByGreg Potts, writer at

This movie is a classic from beginning to end with the 'Rat trapped inside of a maze' like chase where everybody is 'looking for the Duke'. The bail bondsmen Eddie Moscone, Chicago mob boss Jimmy Serrano played by Dennis Farina and his lackeys, FBI agent Alonzo Mosely and all other law enforcement agencies including all of the other bounty hunters all are very desperate to answer the question- 'You got the Duke'? Robert De Niro's character (Jack Walsh) as the bounty hunter just can't seem to keep a tight grip on the Duke (Mardukas) played by Charles Grodin. The bounty hunter keeps falling for the Duke's (accountant who embezzled $15 million from the mob boss) odd requests for special accommodations. After every phobia and manipulation has been used up to get away from Walsh (who just wants to deliver the Duke for his $100,000 dollar retainer) they both just get beat up, knocked around and reacquainted again through jack Walsh's haggling and fighting with everyone, including the FBI who wants to cut a deal so the Duke will testify against the mob boss. Sure, just an easy 'Midnight Run' as the hilarious bail bondsmen Eddie Moscone puts it. Eddie Moscone played by Joe Pantoliano is the most pissed off desperate character I've ever seen who only has 5 days to get the Duke back or he will default on the $450,000 dollar bail he posted that the Duke skipped out on. De Niro and Grodin find themselves having to work together anyway to thwart all the crooks and corrupt legal entanglements that jeopardize their immediate safety and the bounty hunter's livelihood. But they both have their moral reasons and personal problems they discover reluctantly about one another along the way which leads to a very interesting chain of events, intense skirmishes to include a dramatic scenario and a surprise conclusion. When I first saw this movie when it first hit the screens in 1988, I was 18 and deemed it the best movie I ever saw, or at least my personal favorite. Now in 2015, it remains as such because it is so unique ranging from the harshest 'tough guy humor' to deep sentiments. In the end, their reconciliations and strong values prove profitable as Walsh (De Niro) needs to flag down a cab asking if he's got change for a $1000 bill. The taxi drives away as Robert De Niro says 'screw it- I'll just walk'.


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