Into the Night (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Into the Night1985

Into the Night (1985)



Critic Consensus: Despite its two stellar leads, Into the Night finds director John Landis indulging in far too many gimmicks in lieu of a well-rounded story.

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John Landis tries for a laid-back surrealism in his romantic thriller Into the Night. Jeff Goldblum plays an exhausted and unhappily married aerospace engineer named Ed Okin. He goes to LA International Airport to get some sleep in the parking garage. Instead, a scatterbrained blonde beauty, Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer) falls on his car, being chased by a bunch of sharpshooters. It seems that Diana has smuggled six Iranian jewels into the United States and a group of assassins want them back at any price. Ed and Diana take to the freeway, looking for a place to rest, but the chase never ends and the duo keep running from the pack of Iranian zanies.

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David Bowie
as Colin Morris
Stacey Pickren
as Ellen Okin
Andrew Marton
as Freeway Driver
Sue Dugan
as Freeway Driver
Elizabeth Solorzano
as Freeway Driver
Robert Paynter
as Security Guard
David Cronenberg
as Group Supervisor
Robert Moberly
as Aerospace Engineer
John Hostetter
as Aerospace Engineer
Dick Balduzzi
as Aerospace Engineer
Jack Arnold
as Man with Dog
Wes Dawn
as Los Angeles Cop
Christopher George
as Los Angeles Cop
Eddy Donno
as Los Angeles Cop
Richard Franklin
as Aerospace Engineer
Michael Zand
as Savak Agent
Hadi Sadjadi
as Savak Agent
Bruce Gramian
as Savak Agent
John Landis
as Savak Agent
Hope Clarke
as Airport Cop
Eric Lee
as Parking Attendant
Sue Bowser
as Girl on Boat
Waldo Salt
as Male Derelict
Viola Kates Stimpson
as Female Derelict
Bruce McGill
as Charlie
Richard A. Baker
as Drug Dealer
Colin Higgins
as Kalijak Actor
Daniel Petrie Sr.
as Kalijak Director
David Sosna
as Kalijak Assistant Director
Mark Levine
as Kalijak Grip
William B. Kaplan
as Kalijak Grip
Jonathan Kaufer
as Kalijak Script Clerk
Paul Mazursky
as Bud Herman
Saul Kahan
as Kalijak Publicist
Rory Barish
as SAVAK Bimbo
Jean Pelton
as SAVAK Bimbo
Paul Bartel
as Beverly Wilshire Hotel Doorman
Jim Bentley
as Baccarat Dealer
Slavka Budinova
as Hamid's Girl
Erica Sakai
as Hamid's Girl
Beruce Gramian
as Savak Agent
Carl Perkins
as Mr. Williams
Don Siegel
as Embarrassed Man
Peggy Sands
as Shameless Woman
Jim Henson
as Man on Phone
Robert Traynor
as Beverly Hills Cop
Art Evans
as Jimmy
Bela Lugosi
as Count Dracula
Rick Baker
as Drug Dealer
Domingo Ambriz
as Taxi Driver
Amy Heckerling
as Ship's Waitress
Robert LaBassiere
as Melville's Man
Yacob Salih
as Melville's Man
Roger Vadim
as Mons. Melville
Jack Roberts
as Malibu Neighbor
Dian Roberts
as Malibu Neighbor
Reid Smith
as Sheriff Peterson
Rusdi Lane
as Detective
Lawrence Kasdan
as Detective
Peggy Sanders
as Shameless Woman
Vera Miles
as Joan Caper
Irene Papas
as Shaheen Parvizi
Pete Ellis
as Himself
Hassan Ildari
as Shaheen's Assistant
Zorah Ramsey
as Lady in Waiting
Beulah Quo
as Mrs. Yakamura
Patricia Gaul
as Stewardess
Clu Gulager
as Federal Agent
Jonathan Demme
as Federal Agent
Tracy Hutchinson
as Federal Agent
Gene Whittington
as Federal Agent
Carl Gottlieb
as Federal Agent
Alma Beltran
as Cleaning Woman
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Critic Reviews for Into the Night

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

"Into the Night" features cameo appearances by 11 directors, none of whom had the sense to get behind the camera and help the 12th, John Landis.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The film itself tries sometimes too hard for laughs and at other times strains for shock.

April 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Pfeiffer in particular takes the sort of glamorous yet preposterous part that generally defeats even the best actress and somehow contrives to make it credible every inch of the way.

April 21, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Maybe what the movie needed was more professional discipline and less geniality. As a rule, it's probably better to throw the party after the filming is finished.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A little bit of Into the Night is funny, a lot of it is grotesque and all of it has the insidey manner of a movie made not for the rest of us but for moviemakers on the Bel Air circuit who watch each other's films in their own screening rooms.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Thin and familiar.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Into the Night


Odd combination of Jeff Goldblum, a depressed insomniac whose life is dull, uneventful and his wife is cheating on him, the other person being Michelle Pfeiffer who is a jewel smuggler and has some Iranians after her for some precious stones. The mismatched pair bump into each other, make friends and have to run from the nasty Iranians which leads to all manner of scrapes and tight situations none of which are particularly exciting or original. The film is really quite dull much like Goldblum's performance and doesn't offer anything other than an impressive list of cameos, why? beats me. Pfeiffer and Goldblum don't blend a tall, the action is weak, its naturally very very dated and director Landis is one of the Iranian agents in (I think) his only full movie role.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


A scary Irene Pappas, a shocking hostage situation, and David Bowie's small role are the only things I enjoyed, even with all the people (Carl Perkins, Rick Baker, etc.) who did their cameos well. The dialogue isn't great and the dead air Landis allows to form around Goldbloom's lines keeps the movie from starting to live.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer


A great zany thriller movie with an interesting story and good actors. I really liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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