|INTO THE NIGHT (director/writer: John Landis; screenwriter: Ron Koslow; cinematographer: Robert Paynter; editor: Malcolm Campbell; music: B. B. King; cast: Jeff Goldblum (Ed Okin), Michelle Pfeiffer (Diana), David Bowie (Colin Morris), Richard Farnsworth (Jack Caper), Vera Miles (Joan Caper), Irene Papas (Shaheen Parvizi), Clu Gulager (Federal Agent), Stacey Pickren (Ellen Okin), Dan Aykroyd (Herb), Bruce McGill (Charlie), Kathryn Harrold (Christie), Paul Mazursky (Bud Herman), Jake Steinfeld (Larry), John Landis (Irani gunman); Runtime: 115; MPAA Rating: R; producer: George Folsey Jr./Ron Koslow; Universal Studios; 1985)|
|"Because of all the cameos and
in-jokes, this gimmicky weightless film should
appeal to mostly film buffs."
by Dennis Schwartz
Landis ("Blues Brothers"/"Twilight
Zone"/"Coming to America") helms and co-writes with
Ron Koslow this lackluster comedy/crime film. It is
somewhat entertaining even if its premise is not
realized and the comic antics fall short.
nerdy insomniac aerospace engineer (Jeff
Goldblum) is troubled over his unfaithful wife. While
sitting all night in his car at the LA airport's
underground garage, a beautiful woman (Michelle
Pfeiffer) hops into his car and tells him to drive.
They barely escape from four gun-wielding pursuing
Iranian gunmen (one played by the director), when
Pfeiifer tells him she has smuggled six emeralds once
owned by the Shah for her boyfriend. Meanwhile she's
pursued by Arab crooks and SAVAK (Iranian secret
convoluted episodic film follows a number of
adventures the unlikely duo get into while on the
road. The colorful characters they encounter during
the chase include a number of Hollywood directors
making cameos (Don Siegel, Jonathan Demme, Jack
Arnold, Lawrence Kasdan, Paul Bartel, David
Cronenberg, Jim Henson, Roger Vadim, Richard Franklin,
Colin Higgins, Andrew Marton, Jonathan Kaufer, and Amy
Heckerling. David Bowie briefly appears as a
hired killer. Landis is funny playing an Iranian bad
Because of all the cameos and in-jokes, this gimmicky weightless film should appeal to mostly film buffs.
REVIEWED ON 5/1/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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