Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship.
Plot Keywords: prisoner-escort / bounty-hunter / fbi / accountant / mafia
Taglines: A tough bounty hunter. A sensitive criminal.
Certificate: Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | New Zealand:R13 | Philippines:R-18 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:15 | United Kingdom:18 (video rating) | United States:R | West Germany:12 (f)
Cast: Robert De Niro , Charles Grodin , Yaphet Kotto , John Ashton , Dennis Farina , Joe Pantoliano , Richard Foronjy , Robert Miranda , Jack Kehoe , Wendy Phillips , Danielle DuClos , Philip Baker Hall , Tom McCleister , Mary Gillis , John Toles-Bey , Thomas J. Hageboeck , Stanley White , Scott McAfee , Linda Cerasuolo , Lois Smith , Fran Brill , Michael Hawkins , John Hammil , Lou Felder , Cameron Milzer , Sonia M. Roberts , Sam Sanders , Frank Pesce , Paul Joseph McKenna , Matt Jennings , Rosemarie Murphy , Jack N. Young , Robert Coleman , William Robbins , Wilfred Netsosie , Sherman L. Robbins , Dale Beard Jr. , Thomas Nez , Richard Gonzalez , Bill Fritz , Pete Jensen , Andy Charnoki , Tracey Walter , Robert Vento , Joe ‘Tippy’ Zeoli , James Portolese , Armando Muniz , Dan York , Rowdy Burdick , Varnoy Lee , Bob Maroff , Tom Irwin , Jimmie Ray Weeks , Martin Brest , Lisa Burnett , George D. Miklos , Robert Minkoff , Jock L. Schloss
Company: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
Released Date: 20 Jul 1988 (USA)
Film Location: New Zealand
Runtime: 126 min
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
smee3469 » Pleasantly surprised by this one. I had heard people refer to this one, but hadn't seen it for myself until recently. One of the better buddy-action movies I've seen, due to a very tight script. Superior writing by George Gallo. The story is what drives this movie from beginning to end, and doesn't need to depend solely on the cast to keep the audience interested for the full 2 hours. DeNiro and Grodin are excellent together, with a great supporting cast. I would keep this movie in my personal collection. I would also consider it a fine example for other buddy action movies to follow, even today. Highly recommended for great comedic writing, directing and acting.
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