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1988 comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. De Niro is Jack Walsh, an (unfairly) disgraced ex-cop turned bounty hunter charged with finding fugitive mob accountant Jonathan Mardukas (Grodin) and returning him to Los Angeles before the deadline expires on his bond. Walsh must go cross-country while fighting a rival bounty hunter, the FBI which is trying to catch Mardukas, the Mafia which is trying to kill him, and Mardukas, whose eccentricities make him a difficult prisoner.

A very entertaining film, and one of De Niro's first comedies, back when Robert De Niro in a comedy was interesting and not a sign of Badass Decay.


Tropes in this film:

 Jonathan Mardukas: You're OK, Jack. I think... under different circumstances you and I probably still would have hated each other!

  • Odd Couple
  • One Last Job: Walsh hopes to collect the large bounty from apprehending Mardukas and open a coffee shop.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: Walsh realizes Eddie's phone is tapped and starts giving false information over it to mock the agents listening in.

 Jack Walsh: Where am I? I'm in Boise, Idaho; no, no, no, wait a minute: I'm in Anchorage, Alaska. No, no, wait: I'm in Casper, Wyoming; I'm in the lobby of a Howard Johnson's and I'm wearing a pink carnation.

 Mardukas: Jack, you're a grown man. You have control over your own words.

Walsh: You're God damn right I do, so here come two for you; "shut the fuck up".

  • Viva Las Vegas: setting for the climax.
  • Working the Same Case: Walsh and the FBI.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Walsh has fallen into a raging river. Mardukas extends a helping hand but says "Promise to let me go." Walsh agrees and Mardukas pulls him out. Walsh slaps the handcuffs on Mardukas and says he'll let Mardukas go when Mardukas is back in jail.
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