The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

Burt Lancaster
Director: Roland Kibbee Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Susan Clark
Susan Clark
, Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell
Roland Kibbee

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Overview

One night after finishing his rounds as security chief at Jordan College, Quartz Willinger (Cameron Mitchell) stops by an after-hours club for a drink and walks in on the middle of a robbery, during which he is savagely beaten by three hillbilly thugs. While recovering from his injuries, he needs a replacement and arranges to hire an old friend, Jim Slade (Burt Lancaster), an ex-cop who has just been paroled on a murder conviction, for killing the man he caught with his wife. He finds the job an awkward fit but a welcome relief from prison, especially once he meets his parole officer, Linda Thorpe (Susan Clark). On his first night on the job, there's a break-in at the office of the college's resident psychiatrist (Robert Quarry), and the theft of some tapes made by students, only one of whom -- Natalie Clayborne (Catherine Bach), a pretty yet troubled coed, and daughter of a very powerful politician (Morgan Woodward) -- isn't upset by the incident. The next night, Slade finds her getting drunk in town and gets her back to the campus. When Natalie turns up dead, the county sheriff, Casey (Harris Yulin), glances at him briefly as a suspect before arresting the custodian Ewing (Charles Tyner), who was a religious nut with a collection of pornography and a fixation on Natalie. But Slade isn't convinced of Ewing's guilt and starts to investigate the crime himself with help from Linda. Despite Casey's pressuring him to stay out of it, the ex-cop soon discovers Jordan College, the town, and the surrounding county are a nasty border-state version of Peyton Place, populated by lots of people with skeletons in their closets, including blackmail, incest, and murder, with hardly an institution not corrupted by some part of it. What's more, in a series of twists worthy of The Big Sleep (book or movie), he uncovers a connection between the thugs who beat up Quartz and the stolen tape and the murder, which results in the brutal killing of his witnesses and Slade fighting for his life. And he still has to face the truth about the two people in the midst of this corruption that he trusted.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2019
UPC: 0738329233952
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 17,096

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Jim Slade
Susan Clark Linda
Cameron Mitchell Quartz
Morgan Woodward Clayborn
Harris Yulin Sheriff Casey
William Splawn Lamar
Richard Winterstein Virgil
Joan Lorring Judy
William Clark Deputy
Susan McDonald Elaine
Robert Quarry Dr. Pritchet
Ed Lauter Leroy
Mills Watson Cash
Charles Tyner Ewing
William Lancaster King
William T. Hicks Charlie
Peter Dane Metterman
Linda Kelsey Betty
Nick Cravat Gardener
Gene Lehfeldt Casey's Driver
David Garrison Photographer
Lucille Meredith Radio Evangelist
Eleanor Ross Nell
Quinn K. Redeker Swanson
Catherine Bach Natalie Clayborne
Bill Hicks Robbery Gang
Lawrence Dobkin Prof. Mason

Technical Credits
Roland Kibbee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Burt Lancaster Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Morgan Ames Songwriter
Brad Aronson Asst. Director
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Morriss Editor
Jack Priestley Cinematographer
G. Warren Smith Asst. Director
Warren Smith Asst. Director
Joseph J. Stone Set Decoration/Design
Joe Stone Set Decoration/Design
James D. Vance Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Midnight Man
1. Chapter 1 [11:43]
2. Chapter 2 [13:41]
3. Chapter 3 [11:54]
4. Chapter 4 [17:48]
5. Chapter 5 [13:31]
6. Chapter 6 [17:14]
7. Chapter 7 [14:38]
8. Chapter 8 [18:06]

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