Midnight Run

Plot hole: At the end of the film Mardukas reveals that he has been wearing a body belt packed with cash - "in the neighbourhood of three hundred thousand dollars" - ever since Jack detained him in New York. Are we to assume that Jack Walsh, an experienced, hard-bitten ex-police officer, now a bounty hunter who routinely chases down violent and armed bail absconders who would kill him without a second thought, didn't even perform a perfunctory search of Mardukas when he detained him? This man used to work for the Mafia! What if he was carrying a weapon? A body belt with three hundred one thousand dollar bills in it would be uncovered by even the most casual pat down.

Continuity mistake: When Jack and the Duke are in the restaurant car of the first train, Jack is eating a chicken leg in one shot. In the middle of a sentence he changes to eating jelly and ice cream, which he finishes. In the very next shot his bowl is full of jelly and ice cream again.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie when Tony and Joey (Morons #1 and 2) meet Jack Walsh at the car rental desk, Tony writes a phone number on a packet of matches in pencil. Near the end of the movie when Jack Walsh fishes this pack of matches from his pocket, the phone number is written in pen.

Continuity mistake: Jack Walsh asks the operator to make a collect call to the Bail Bond Office. When Jerry answers, Jack starts talking immediately and is transferred to Eddy. At no time does the operator ask if they will accept the charges.

Continuity mistake: When Jack and Jonathan are sitting in the carriage on the first train, Jack holds a pad in his left hand and a pen in his right. He then lights a cigarette. In a sequence of shots, his right hand is holding the pen, the cigarette or both together. At no time does he change either item to his left hand.

Continuity mistake: When Jonathan (The Duke) rescues Jack from the river, he holds out a long pole with a fork in it. When Jack pulls himself out of the river, the pole is straight and has no fork.

Factual error: When Jack is trying to buy the bus tickets, the bus company employee tells him that his credit card was cancelled. Credit card companies do not divulge that type of information, they simply indicate whether the requested charge is accepted or denied.

Continuity mistake: When Jack and Jonathan got off the bus, Jack holds in his hands a brown folder or dossier (I guess the script) when they were about to be arrested against the bus. The second after there is no such folder.

Continuity mistake: When the Duke falls into the water he has a pair of handcuffs only on his right wrist. When he is shown flowing downstream he has the cuffs only on his left wrist. The next shot where his hands can be seen the cuffs are on the right wrist again.

Continuity mistake: When Jack Walsh is in the diner after losing the Duke to Marvyn he can't light his cigarette with his lighter the man behind the counter gives him a pack of matches and say "keep them", but when Jack brings the Duke to LA airport he comes down the escalator and lights up a cigarette with his own lighter.

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Suggested correction: The lighter simply didn't ignite for him in the restaurant, and it did later in the airport. Lighters can be finicky like that, especially when they start getting a little low on fluid. Plus, smokers often carry 2 lighters.


Continuity mistake: Jerry Geisler is at his desk just about to light a cigarette when Jack Walsh calls on the phone. Geisler angrily slams down his cigarette and lighter to answer the phone. In the time it takes him to say "Eddie, it's Jack" he has picked up both the lighter and cigarette and lit the cigarette.

Other mistake: The Duke is picked up in New York. They are headed to L.A. via Chicago. Jack has Eddie wire $500 to Amarillo, Texas. The route from Chicago to L.A. would not take them anywhere near Texas.

Continuity mistake: When Agent Mosely and his men grab Jack outside the police station to first talk to him, a woman in a light purple and black spotted blouse walks past them three times.


Continuity mistake: When Jack is sitting in the car talking with Mosely, two women walk by with red and blue shirts behind Mosely. When Jack puts on his sun glasses to mock the agents, those same women walk by behind Mosely again after he pulls off Jack's glasses. (00:10:10)


Continuity mistake: Jack stands up to free Jonathan from the train toilet, and puts his cigarette in his left hand. A frame later, it's in the right hand.

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Plot hole: When Jack and The Duke are told to leave the plane they are still in New York, they then get train tickets from Grand Central Station, also in New York. Yet somehow the plane they left from is already in Los Angeles before the train leaves the station. How did the plane get from New York to Los Angeles that quickly?

Jimmy Serrano: Don't say a fucking word to me, Sidney. Don't you say a fucking word, or I will get up and bury this telephone in your head.

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Trivia: Director Martin Brest has a cameo as the airline ticket clerk who asks Marvin if he would like a smoking or non-smoking seat.

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