Directed by: Martin Brest
Written by: George Gallo
Starring: Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin
I’d seen this movie about ten times already, but watched it again tonight anyhow. And it was still enjoyable.
The back-and-forth between De Niro and Grodin is classic. I’ve read somewhere that this bickering was largely unscripted, though I would love it if someone could provide a cite on this.
My only complaints are the handful of unrealistic moments, like how the main characters are able to get onto trains and airplanes with guns, and how credit card information is given so easily over the phone, and how the obvious suspect in the explosion of a helicopter that left several dead is not held for questioning, etc. I know things are not like this in 2004, and I doubt they were 16 years ago when this movie was made, either.
Still, it’s a great flick. Lots of excitement, humor, and more than a touch of the stuff that makes sentimental fellas like me go all gooey. De Niro and Grodin at their best. (Grodin’s worst, by the way, was his CNBC talk show. Utterly unwatchable…)