Gettysburg’s Address 3 – Dayton Ward

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Gettysburg’s Address 3 – Dayton Ward

Gettysburg's Address

Gettysburg’s Address

YOU’RE LISTENING TO THE GETTYSBURG’S ADDRESS PODCAST AND I’M SITTING IN THE BUSY LITTLE BEAVER STUDIOS HERE IN MARYLAND, AS ALWAYS I’D LIKE TO THANK INVOCATION ARRAY FOR OUR MUSICAL INTRODUCTION, AND MY GUEST IS NOVELIST AND INTERNET GADFLY DAYTON WARD.

OFTEN WHEN TALKING TO COWORKERS, FRIENDS OR FAMILY I WILL DROP A LINE FROM A MOVIE AND IT BECOMES INSTANTLY CLEAR THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WAS JUST REFRENCING. SEEING THIS LOOK I WILL THEN SAY THE NAME OF THE FILM AND GET THE BLANK STARE SOME MORE. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF IT’S JUST ME, EXPECIALLY AFTER AN EXCHANGE THAT WILL GO SOMETHING LIKE A FRIEND SAYING:

I’M SO FULL I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN GET OUT OF THE CHAIR

AND I RESPOND

BUT YOU ARE, BLANCHE. YOU ARE IN THAT CHAIR!

THEN I RELAIZE THAT NOT ONLY HAVE THEY NEVER SEEN “WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE” BUT THAT THEY ALSO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT…AND I JUST LOOK TO THE SKY AND WONDER IF IT’S ME OR THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT IS NOT RIGHT.

RECENTLY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, AND ALSO SOMEONE WHO I CAN LEGITIMATELY CALL A FRIEND, DAYTON WARD AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT FILMS THAT WE LOVE, AND IT WAS REALLY GRATIFYING TO ME THAT ONE OF THE FILMS WE BOTH SAID WAS MIDNIGHT RUN. WE THEN DISCUSSED HOW ALMOST EVERY LINE IN THE MOVIE IS QUOTABLE, HOW THE PERFORMANCES OF EVERY ACTOR IN IT IS AMAZING AND HOW OVERLOOKED THIS MOVIE IS. SO WE DECIDED WE WOULD DISCUSS FILMS THAT PEOPLE HAVE NOT SEEN BUT SHOULD, AND WE WOULD START WITH MIDNIGHT RUN.

RELEASED IN 1988, THIS GEM STARS PRE-WHORING HIMSELF OUT TO ANYTHING ROBERT DENIRO, IN WHAT WAS SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WERE USED TO SEEING HIM IN.

IT ALSO STARS ONE OF THE TRULY UNDERSATED ACTORS OF THE 1970S AND 80S, CHARLES GRODIN. SEEING THESE TWO VERY DIFFERENT TYPE ACTORS TOGETHER IS PART OF THE JOY OF MIDNIGHT RUN…AND YOU CAN SEE ON THE SCREEN WITH YOUR OWN EYES THE FUN THEY HAD FILMING TOGETHER.

AMONG OTHER ACTORS WITH AMAZING PERFORMANCES ARE YAPHET KOTTO, THE GREAT JOE PANTOLIANO, JOHN ASHTON IN A ROLE AS OPPOSITE AS HIS TURN IN BEVERLY HILLS COP AS IT GETS – AND PROVIDING SOME OF THE TRUE LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENTS IN MIDNIGHT RUN – WENDY PHILLPS, WHOSE NAME YOU MAY NOT RECOGNIZE BUT HER FACE YOU WILL, BUT ISOUTSTANDING PLAYING DENIRO’S EX WIFE AND DENNIS FARINA AS THE TOUGH GUY LAS VEGAS MOB BOSS.

DIRECTED BY MARTIN BREST, WHO CAME TO THIS FILM AFTER FINISHING DIRECTING BEVERLY HILLS COP, MIDNIGHT RUN IS ABOUT TWO VERY DIFFERENT MEN WHO SPEND MOST OF THE MOVIE TRYING TO SURVIVE A CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP WHILE THE FBI IS TRYING TO CAPTURE THEM AND THE MOB IS TRYING TO KILL THEM. AS THE ADVENTURE UNFOLDS THEY DISCOVER THAT, DESPITE THEIR OPPOSITE NATURES, THEY DO LIKE AND RESPECT ONE ANOTHER.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE A STANDARD HOLLYWOOD FORMULA, AND IT IS. BUT MIDNIGHT RUN TRANCENDS THE FORMULA MOVIE, BECAUSE THE WRITING AND ACTING MAKE THESE TWO CHARACTERS INTO SPECIFIC, QUIRKY INDIVIDUALS WHO WE CARE MORE ABOUT AS THEY FILM MOVES FORWARD AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP BECOMES MORE INTERESTING EVEN AS THE CHASE GROWS MORE PREDICTABLE.

SO WHY IS THIS FILM SPECIAL AND WHY DO WE HAVE IT ON OUR LIST OF FILMS YOU HAVEN’T SEEN BUT SHOULD?

WE ADDRESS THAT THIS EPISODE.

Dayton Ward’s Blog – https://daytonward.wordpress.com

Midnight Run IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095631/