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Into the Night (1985)

Over the course of one night, a beaten down L.A. engineer accidentally meets, falls for and tries to help a beautiful jewel thief on the run from some extremely dangerous people.

Director:

John Landis

Writer:

Ron Koslow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Ed Okin
Stacey Pickren Stacey Pickren ... Ellen Okin
Carmen Argenziano ... Stan
Andrew Marton ... Freeway Driver
Sue Dugan Sue Dugan ... Freeway Driver
Elizabeth Solorzano Elizabeth Solorzano ... Freeway Driver
Dan Aykroyd ... Herb
Robert Paynter Robert Paynter ... Security Guard
David Cronenberg ... Group Supervisor
Robert Moberly Robert Moberly ... Aerospace Engineer
John Hostetter ... Aerospace Engineer
Dick Balduzzi ... Aerospace Engineer
Richard Franklin ... Aerospace Engineer
Cal Worthington Cal Worthington ... Himself
Wes Dawn Wes Dawn ... L.A.P.D
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Storyline

Ed Okin's life is somewhat out of control. He can't sleep, his wife betrays him, and his job is dull. One night, he starts to drive through Los Angeles, and he finally ends in the parking garage of Los Angeles International Airport. Moments later, a beautiful young lady jumps onto his bonnet and he finds himself being chased by four Iranians. What follows is a wild chase through the streets of Los Angeles, and a very funny one too. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian | French | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuga al amanecer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,562,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,562,164
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Airport scenes in this film (and Coming to America (1988)) have a call over the PA system for a Mr. Frank Ozkerwitz to pick up a white courtesy telephone. This is a reference to Frank Oz, who always makes an appearance in John Landis' films, although his real last name is Oznowicz. See more »

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The Ramada room door opens one way when Clu Gulager and others enter the room (714?), and opens the opposite direction when he leaves the room See more »

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Ed: [faces SAVAK man in the airport. SAVAK man holds gun to Diana's head] This is ridiculous. Big shot, huh? You got a gun. Now what? Shithead, you. Huh? Maniac. Let me ask you something. Maybe you can help me. What's wrong with my life? Why is my wife sleeping with someone else? Why can't I sleep?
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Features Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) See more »

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Let's Get It On
Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend
Published by JOBETE MUSIC CO., INC., CHERRYTOWN MUSIC CO., INC. and STONE DIAMOND MUSIC CORP.
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of MOTOWN RECORDS
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excellent film with a casting twist
6 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A man's depression and insomnia drive him "Into the Night" and a lot of trouble in this enjoyable 1985 film. Goldblum is Ed Okin, an LA aerospace engineer whose sleep problems are causing him difficulty on his demanding job. His friend (Dan Ackroyd) suggests that the next time he has insomnia, he head for Las Vegas where no one sleeps. After he sees his wife cheating on him, that's just what he does. Then Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer) jumps into his car and his night turns into a dangerous adventure. Pfeiffer has smuggled perfect emeralds into the country for a promised fee, except that everybody is now after her and willing to kill to get them.

There are some great, quirky moments in this film, and one of my favorites occurs when Ed and Diana walk into the apartment of her brother (Bruce McGill) which is wall to wall Elvis. Then her brother walks in - he's an Elvis impersonator. Priceless. Diana and Ed take his car which has the words THE KING LIVES painted across it. One faction looking for the emeralds come off like the Middle Eastern version of the Stooges, particularly in a beach house scene where, trying to get out of a door, one of them keeps hitting himself in the face with it.

The unique thing is that director John Landis has cast many of his fellow directors: Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Demme, Paul Mazurski, Amy Heckerling, David Cronenberg, Roger Vadim, Jonathan Lynn, Jack Arnold, Don Siegel, Andrew Marton, Richard Franklin, Colin Higgins, Jonathan Kaufer and Carl Gottlieb - that's a partial list. They're all good, too.

The always terrific Jeff Goldblum gives us a shell-shocked Ed who seems to take each moment as it comes with what is either calm or numbness - it's unclear which, but it works in the role. Pfeiffer is a young beauty in this - she has a very brief, distant nude scene - and is certainly the type of gal a man would go out of his way to help. She's very appealing. Old-timer Clu Gulager also makes an appearance toward the end, and David Bowie has a menacing role as one of the people after the emeralds. There are some fun shots of Los Angeles like Hollywood Boulevard in front of Frederick's of Hollywood that are a real kick.

"Into the Night" is offbeat and fun with enough violence to make it somewhat edgy. A real find.


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