I have been hearing about this film for years but until now, never got around to seeing it. This film is always talked about in film buff circles as one of Robert De Niro’s best (and most unique) roles. This is a comedy / action & adventure / buddy cop movie from the era when buddy cop movies were rampant.
It also stars Charles Grodin (who most people know from The Great Muppet Caper) but is at his Grodin-ish best here. The whole thing is basically a madcap road movie where De Niro is a bail bondsman who is trying to get his man back by midnight, traveling by plane, bus, train, and foot across America. I’m not sure I love this as much as the reviewers who always recommend it but I did enjoy it and there’s no denying De Niro is especially great in this.