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Back by Midnight (2004)

R | | Comedy | 25 January 2005 (USA)
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The warden of a small, rundown, minimum-security prison plots revenge against the prison's dishonest owner by having four inmates break out and plan a department store robbery to spruce up the prison's faculties.


Harry Basil



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Jake Puloski
Randy Quaid ... Eli Rockwood
Kirstie Alley ... Gloria Beaumont
Phil LaMarr ... Mile Away
Paul Rodriguez ... Next Week
Harland Williams ... Sheriff Hubbard
Marty Belafsky ... Jerk Off
Tony Cox ... Smitty
Jsu Garcia ... Carlos
Joe Nipote ... Ears
Lisa Arturo ... Candy
Ed Begley Jr. ... Robert Wade
Nell Carter ... Waitress
Gilbert Gottfried ... Security Guard
Leo Rossi ... Rusty


The warden of a small, rundown, minimum-security prison plots revenge against the prison's dishonest owner by having four inmates break out and plan a department store robbery to spruce up the prison's faculties.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Mr. one liners meets the hard timers. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language






Release Date:

25 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De retour pour minuit See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Final feature film appearance of Nell Carter. See more »


Smitty: I don't think the strippers and blow up dolls were such a good idea.
Jake Puloski: You're right, next year we'll just get a karaoke machine.
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Time capsule example of a 1* film
20 April 2007 | by caa821See all my reviews

Put a DVD of this flick in a time capsule, and it will definitely illustrate for future generations a perfect example of one which warrants the minimal rating on a 1-to-10-star scale.

Bill Cosby and Ray Romano have been at the top - in ratings and with tens of millions in earnings annually - with their television series'. Yet each has had no success in big-screen offerings. This has also been true for other TV personalities - perhaps because many of the stories which are presented for two hours or so seem more suited to either a 10-minute skit, or at most, the 22 or 23 minutes of drama during a half-hour program.

This film, however, doesn't have one single element which would warrant two or three minutes of time on MAD TV, SNL, or anywhere else on a screen or stage.

Its origination date is listed as 2002, but release date - to DVD only - is shown as 2004. It also was filmed not long before Rodney Dangerfield's death, so its one redeeming value is that it probably provided at lease a few hundred thousand more dollars for his heirs.

I'd never heard of it, but found it when turning-on my set, and frankly became fascinated by it. Some movies are so truly awful that they rate a sort of top rating in reverse - so bad that you can move the dial backwards to a 9 or 10. "Plan 9 from Outer Space" is the best example - and the Bruce Jenner/Village People opus, "Can't Stop the Music," is another.

Unfortunately this flick falls short even there. Even if Rodney's earlier work (as well as some of his fellow cast-members') fell short of "Citizen Kane" or "Casablanca," there were many moments of humor and a story providing at least a modicum of interest.

Unfortunately, this presentation doesn't seem to possess even a minute or two's worth of such material.

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