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Midnight Madness (1980)

Cast: David Naughton, Debra Clinger, Eddie Deezen, more...
Director: Michael Nankin, David Wechter
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Comedies, Teen Comedy
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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The crux of this limited, juvenile comedy is a complex game that begins at midnight and ends by morning. Of main interest is the fact that a young Michael J. Fox plays one of the students involved in the game. Leon (Alan Solomon) has spent a year creating the game and practically needs that long to convince his fellow students to play it. Eventually he wins out, and the various teams of classic stereotypes -- the nerd, the well-groomed hero, the obnoxious sorority sister, the easily duped freshman, and others -- all converge on Los Angeles at midnight. Their treks take them through the Griffith Observatory which because of those odd hours astronomers keep, could conceivably be open. Other locales are interestingly open too, apparently Los Angeles never sleeps. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Origins of the "game". by spegg August 26, 2004 - 11:34 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film isn't going to make anyone's top 10 movies of all time list, but it's definitely got some historical significance. Turns out that the scavenger hunt in this movie became the template for similar, real life puzzle hunts (often referred to simply as "the game"). These are 24+ hour events run by an underground community--see for more information.

As another fun trivia note, there's a couple of scenes in this film where Michael J. Fox is arguing with David Naughton. One could see this as a werewolf foreshadowing, as Naughton would soon star in "An American Werewolf in London", while Fox would star in "Teen Wolf" (both actors as reluctant werewolves).

I wouldn't recommend renting this film for pure entertainment (although it does have its moments), but rather as a fun bit of history.

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