Into the Night

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Goldblum 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.

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Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Landis
Screenwriter: Ron Koslow
Cast: Jeff Goldblum
Michele Pfeiffer
Richard Farnsworth
Irene Papas
Dan Aykroyd
David Cronenberg
John Landis
Waldo Salt
Daniel Petrie
Jack Arnold
Paul Mazursky
Jonathan Lynn
Paul Bartel
Don Siegel
David Bowie

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"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.