Midnight Run

Jack Walsh, bounty hunter, is hired by a bail-bondsman to catch his biggest bail-jumper, a mob accountant called the Duke. The FBI wants the Duke for testimony against his former boss and his boss wants him dead so he can't testify (plus he stoled millions from him). Walsh quickly captures the Duke in NY and has to return him to LA before the deadline. The journey takes him cross-country with the FBI and mob a step behind them. A second bounty-hunter also chases the two in an effort to steal the Duke and collect for himself.


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.

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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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