"Into the Night" (1985) wears us out, worrying about the central character Ed (Jeff Goldblum) and his lack of sleep. But at the same time, the film provides some great entertainment as Ed inadvertently finds Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer), a damsel in distress and on the run from a quartet of incompetent Iranian hit men.
Into the Night
Time Out saysGoldblum abandons a safe suburban existence in favour of nocturnal prowlings through Los Angeles, and encounters a mysterious blonde on the run. The plot is minimal, but the film scores partly because of a high sense of fun, and partly because of the way Landis uses his LA locations. As the characters race from the yachts of Marina Del Rey via Rodeo Drive to the Marion Davies mansion in Beverly Hills, he adds a visual running commentary of old film and TV ads, to milk our movie fantasies for all they're worth, and to convey a sense of Los Angeles as a truly mythical city. The casting of innumerable major film-makers in small roles seems an unnecessary bit of elbow-jogging, but David Bowie makes an excellent contribution as an English hit man, and the two leading players are excellent: Pfeiffer in particular takes the sort of glamorous yet preposterous part that generally defeats even the best actress and somehow contrives to make it credible every inch of the way.
Cast and crew
David Cronenberg, John Landis, Waldo Salt, Daniel Petrie, Jack Arnold, Paul Mazursky, Jonathan Lynn, Paul Bartel, Don Siegel, Dan Aykroyd, Irene Papas, Richard Farnsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Michele Pfeiffer, David Bowie