Midnight Run, released
in 1988, is an action-comedy starring Robert DeNiro as
Jack Walsh and
Charles Grodin as Jonahtan "The Duke" Mardukas.
For the most part, the movie received positive reviews,
and it was a hit at the box office. In fact, it
was successful enough to warrant three TV sequels
released in 1994.
In the original movie, Jack Walsh, and
ex-cop turned bounty hunter, is hired to bring
white-collar criminal Charles Madukas back to Los
Angeles. Not only is the mob after Madukas for
stealing their money, but the FBI wants him too in order
to testify against the mob. The FBI warns Walsh to
stay out of it, but instead Walsh steals an FBI badge,
passing himself off as an FBI agent, and continues with
the "Midnight Job" in order to earn his $100k fee for
When the bail bondsman
thinks that Walsh plans on selling out to the FBI or the
mob, he sends out a rival bounty hunter and cuts off
Walsh's credit cards. Walsh, who has every
intention of returning Madukas to the bounty hunter, has
to resort to unconventional means to get back to Los
Angeles, such as stealing cars and hitchhiking.
During the trip, Madukas learns that Walsh was once an
honest cop who was framed and whose life was ruined by
the same mob that Madukas stole money from.
In the end, the FBI gets the upper hand
on the mob, the other crooked bounty hunter's efforts
are thwarted, and Walsh decides not to return Madukas to
the bail bondsman after all. Instead, after
becoming friends, Madukas gives Walsh $300k in cash and
the two walk away.