Into the Night

Into the Night

DVD - 2003
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Ed Orkin is an insomniac with a cheating wife and a dull job. His chances for excitement look hopeless until a mysterious blond named Diana drops onto the hood of his car. Diana leads him on a merry and murderous chase where the payoff could be in dollars or death.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, 2003.
ISBN: 9780783255187
0783255187
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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PSmith1983 Feb 12, 2019

A very unexpected surprise from John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers)! John gives us a mid-80s take on the Noir genre using Jeff Goldblum as a sort of 'Philip Marlowe' and Michelle Pfeiffer as his 'Lauren Bacall'. All Jeff Goldblum wants is a good night's sleep, he's had insomnia for the bulk of his days leading up to the start of the film and while he is a married man with a job, it's obvious that both are not doing him any good. On the day he finds out his wife is cheating on him, he decides to go to LAX, presumably to take a trip somewhere better and ends up being mixed up with a woman who helped contribute to a jewel smuggling operation and getting pursued by a gang of Iranian killers. Throughout the film, we get a slew of cameos from many famous directors ranging from Paul Mazursky to Jim Henson to Roger Vadim to Paul Bartel. It's the start of a trend Landis would continue in his future films.

The film's soundtrack contains a wide range of bluesy and soulful numbers performed by B.B. King and compositions by Ira Newborn keeping the mood of the film quite mysterious. It's not a film one will find easily brought to their attention unless they watched quite a lot of films from Universal Studios during the 80s. I for one only discovered this by way of the company Shout! Factory's releasing it on Bluray in 2017. I definitely plan on picking that up soon!

If you enjoy revamps of the noir genre, give this mid-80s attempt a watch, and keep your eyes peeled for Landis himself as one of the killers!

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Amber L Moreno
Apr 11, 2016

This movie gives good Goldblum, and Pfeiffer's looking fly. Definitely a dated film, but if you're a fan of the stars it's an easy watch.

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