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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Into The Night (1985)

An ordinary guy (Jeff Goldblum) leading a quiet existence is burdened with chronic insomnia and an unfaithful wife. During one of his insomnia bouts, he drives to the airport to hang out where he encounters a pretty blonde (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is being chased by four Iranian thugs who have just killed her male companion. From that point on, Goldblum's quiet life is turned upside down as he takes a nightmarish journey with many twists and turns, killers and smugglers, until he reaches its violent destination. Directed by John Landis, there's an almost surreal dreamlike quality to the film that I almost expected one of those "It was all a dream" endings. Landis races all over L.A. from the Marina to Hollywood to Malibu to Beverly Hills and Century City while maintaining a solid grip on his audience's rollercoaster ride. Goldblum (in one of his best performances) and Pfeiffer have a nice chemistry together. B.B. King performs the film's excellent title song. The massive cast includes Dan Aykroyd, Vera Miles, David Bowie, Irene Papas, Richard Farnsworth, Clu Gulager, Kathryn Harrold, Carl Perkins, Bruce McGill and many well known directors in small roles including Don Siegel, David Cronenberg, Jonathan Demme, Roger Vadim, Paul Mazursky, Jack Arnold, Colin Higgins, Lawrence Kasdan, Amy Heckerling, Daniel Petrie and Richard Franklin.

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