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JOHN LANDIS NEON EIGHTIES NEO-NOIR OF 'INTO THE NIGHT'

INTO THE NIGHT Year: 1986 Rates: ****1/2

The same year Martin Scorsese took a break from edgy dramas to make the humorously frantic Neo Noir AFTER HOURS, John Landis broke from full-comedy for his own active Noir, INTO THE NIGHT, and both have a passive male thirty-something within the lively depths of an enigmatic big city albeit Los Angeles instead of New York...

Meanwhile the most intriguing sequences occur before the hopelessly cheated-on insomniac Jeff Goldblum, as morosely spaced-out aerospace engineer Ed Okin, gets thrust into blind adventure with jobless model Diana played by the incredibly gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer... a flaky pawn whose connection gets murdered in an airport parking lot, where Ed's possibly awaiting a quick flight that co-worker Dan Aykroyd said would...

David Bowie and Jeff Goldblum from INTO THE NIGHT

Well that's part of the offbeat dialogue by Ron Koslow backed by a bluesy B.B. King score, taking its time with two characters that, while complete opposites, share a non-romantic chemistry in an underrated Landis vehicle with random car chases and killings (ranging from a movie set to a deadly penthouse to Malibu Beach) yet feeling more like a breezy thriller than high-octane action, and is Landis's celebration of stylistic cinema...

Making the plot's McGuffin of Iranian emeralds sought by various goons, ranging from David Bowie to Irene Pappas to the director himself, a parenthetical excuse to shuffle the reluctant couple around the balmy neon-lit town, and, overall, this NIGHT... both a 1950's throwback while paving the way for Quentin Tarantino's slick 1990's crime era when unique comedy-thrillers became commonplace... is a (literal) cure for insomnia, which, herein, is a compliment. 

Jeff Goldblum from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
John Landis from INTO THE NIGHT
John Landis from INTO THE NIGHT
Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd at work from INTO THE NIGHT
Jeff Goldblum and Stacey Pickren from INTO THE NIGHT

Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
American Werewolf David-falling homage in Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
Likeness of John Landis American Werewolf and Into the Night posters
John Landis and Clu Gulager LP signatures from INTO THE NIGHT
FBI Agent Clu Gulager from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT with David Bowie
Jeff Goldblum from INTO THE NIGHT
Blu Ray from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT with Jeff Goldblum
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT with Jeff Goldblum
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT with Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum from INTO THE NIGHT
Jeff Goldblum from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
David Bowie from INTO THE NIGHT
Dan Aykroyd from INTO THE NIGHT
Kathryn Harrold from INTO THE NIGHT
Clu Gulager from INTO THE NIGHT
John Landis from INTO THE NIGHT
John Landis from INTO THE NIGHT
Jeff Goldblum from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
Amy Heckerling from INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT with Jeff Goldblum and Clu Gulager
Michelle Pfeiffer from INTO THE NIGHT
Dedee Pfeiffer in INTO THE NIGHT
Dedee Pfeiffer in INTO THE NIGHT
Rick Baker in INTO THE NIGHT
Colin Higgins and Kathryn Harrold in INTO THE NIGHT
Michelle Pfeiffer in INTO THE NIGHT
See You Next Wednesday poster from INTO THE NIGHT
Directors Jonathan Lynn and John Landis in INTO THE NIGHT

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