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Past Midnight

Past Midnight
Video release poster
Directed by Jan Eliasberg
Produced by Lisa M. Hansen
Quentin Tarantino
Written by Frank Norwood
Quentin Tarantino
Starring Rutger Hauer
Natasha Richardson
Clancy Brown
Tom Wright
Paul Giamatti
Guy Boyd
Music by Steve Bartek
Cinematography Robert D. Yeoman
Editing by Christopher Rouse
Distributed by Cinetel Films
New Line Cinema
Cineplex Odeon Films
Columbia TriStar
Release date(s) October 18, 1991
Running time 100 min.
Country United States
Language English

Past Midnight is a 1991 Neo-noir thriller film (with slasher connections) starring Paul Giamatti, Tom Wright and Clancy Brown alongside leads Rutger Hauer and Natasha Richardson.


Parolee Ben Jordan has spent the past fifteen years behind bars for his pregnant wife's murder. He is monitored by his parole officer Lee Samuels and social worker Laura Mathews after he is released. Mathews begins looking into his case and becomes convinced that he was convicted under circumstantial evidence and starts becoming convinced of his innocence in the crime. Before long she starts falling for him, but this is far from wise, since even if he is innocent, Mrs Jordan's real murderer may soon come a calling.


After Quentin Tarantino significantly re-wrote the script, Catalaine Knell shared her associate producer credit with him on the film (his first official screen credit). The film features a number of Tarantino's trademark pop cultural references. For example, in reference to a Peeping Tom-like recording of a murder, Tom Wright's character says "It makes Nightmare on Elm Street look like Charlotte's Web."


Originally intended for a theatrical release, the film aired on the USA Network on December 16, 1992. Before, the film was shown at the American Film Market and at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October of the previous year. The movie was released on videocassette and laserdisc on April 21, 1993 by Columbia TriStar Home Video, and was released on DVD by the same company on August 17, 2004, in widescreen.


Actor / Actress Character
Rutger Hauer Ben Jordan
Natasha Richardson Laura Mathews
Paul Giamatti Larry Canipe
Clancy Brown Steve Lundy
Tom Wright Lee Samuels
Guy Boyd Todd Canipe
Charles Boswell Carlton Daniels
Ernie Lively Detective Allan Tobias
Kibibi Monie Dorothy Coleman
Dana Eskelson Kathy Tudor
Ted D'Arms Bill Tudor
Krisha Fairchild Dr. Zastoupil
Sarah Magnuson Gerrie Graymark
David Frederick White(as Dave White) Cop
Brian Finney(as Brian T. Finney) Delivery Man
Sue Morales(uncredited) Social Worker

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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