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Be Kind Rewind – Countdown to Curfew!

By Michael Nazarewycz

Midnight is a magical hour in many scenarios. It’s the hour when Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage turns into a pumpkin and six white mice; it’s the hour every December 31st that we count down to a year of new beginnings and resolutions we pray we can keep (or at least remember come mid-March); it’s the hour that marks the transition from today to tomorrow ... which would then make tomorrow today, right? Midnight is also a popular hour for curfew (at least it was for me in the ‘80s), the hour when teens hope their parents are already asleep so that when the kids roll in closer to one (or, you know, two), the folks would be none the wiser. So celebrate the hour that is important to so many with a midnight double-feature.


Midnight Run (1988)Midnight Run
Starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, and Joe Pantoliano
Directed by Martin Brest

What could be worse than being an accountant for the mafia? How about embezzling money from the mafia while you are their accountant? Such is the poor choice of Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Grodin), whose nefarious ways have put him on the run from the Mafia, who wants their money back, and the FBI, who wants him to testify against the mafia. Only bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) is successful in catching him, but getting him from New York to Los Angeles will take quite a feat. This film answers the age-old question, “Remember De Niro when he was in comedies that were actually funny?”

Midnight Madness (1980)Midnight Madness
Starring David Naughton, Debra Clingler, David Damas, and Michael J. Fox
Directed by Michael Nankin

Hey everybody! It’s a scavenger hunt! And you get to pick who is on your team! Your choices:

David Naughton, star of TV’s short-lived Saturday Night Fever-inspired Makin’ It!

Debra Clinger, star of TV’s shorter-lived 60 Minutes-inspired The American Girls.

Or, in his film debut, Michael J. Fox, who will go on to star in one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s, Family Ties, as well as one of the greatest films of the decade, Back to the Future.

I know who I’m picking.


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