Ed Okin used to have a boring life.
He used to have trouble getting to sleep.
Then, one night, he met Diana.
Now, Ed’s having troubling staying alive.
INTO THE NIGHT
a dangerous romance
A LANDIS/FOLSEY FILM
Here is the plot:
“When two strangers stumble into international intrigue in the middle of a Los Angeles night, anything can happen…and does, in this zany film noir directed by John Landis. Ed Okin (Jeff Goldblum) is an insomniac with a cheating wife and a dull job. His chances for excitement look hopeless until a mysterious blond named Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer) drops onto the hood of his car. Now it’s Ed’s turn for some adventure and romance as Diana leads him on a merry and murderous chase where the payoff could be dollars or death. The outstanding cast includes David Bowie, Vera Miles, Dan Aykroyd and a host of Hollywood’s hottest directors in cameos. It’s a night on the town you’ll never live down.” (Taken from the back of my DVD which features The W.C. Handy Award-Winning Documentary B.B. King “Into the Night” as a lone special feature.)
We here at Acid Pop Cult know a thing or two about lack of sleep. Pulling all nighters while watching the best that TCM has to offer, or simply binge watch ’The Dick Van Dyke Show’ all night long, it is definitely common practice, but I digress. Jeff Goldblum knocks this performance out of the fucking park. Hot off the heels of the tragedy on ‘The Twilight Zone’ movie, Landis teamed up with his good friend and longtime collaborator George Folsey, Jr., and surrounded himself with a lot of friends to get back to basics, and I’m only speculating here, take his mind off of looming legal shit that I believe Warner Bros. was not that supportive about. Again, this is pure speculation. I was born in August of 1985. There is no way I was there, or could possibly know anything about the accident, the court case, or what heavy hitting filmmakers were complete dicks to Mr. Landis in the process. I’m getting off topic.
For what it is worth, and I know if you’re reading this it means it’s about a buck fifty, I think that this film is one of Mr. Landis’ best. Underrated to a fault, this film has a hard to find, but hardcore cult following. Loaded with cameo appearances by over twenty fellow directors, producers, and writers, and a cast jam packed with actors that have worked with Landis in the past, none of it comes together without Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer is so damn good and even teases us with a little nudity near the end of the first act. Or maybe it is the beginning of the second act. Acts are hard. Goldblum and Pfeiffer’s chemistry is very tight and more importantly, very believable.
If you haven’t seen ‘INTO THE NIGHT’ yet, please, I beg of you, seek it out immediately. It’s a fun, crazy film that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the legendary Clu Gulager leaves the room. You’ll get that after you see the movie. Also, be on the lookout for John Landis as one of the four SAVAK’s chasing poor Ed and Diana around the greater Los Angeles area. Landis almost steals the movie with one physical gag (1:00 mark in trailer above) while chasing a young woman out of a beach house and into the surf. So fucking good.
You can purchase the movie in various ways HERE
Also, click HERE for a full list of the films amazing cast, crew, and noted cameos. Your favorite filmmaker may just be listed!