Midnight Ride (film)
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|Directed by||Bob Bralver|
|Written by||Russell V. Manzatt|
|Produced by||Ovidio G. Assonitis|
|Cinematography||Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli|
|Edited by||Claudio M. Cutry|
|Music by||Carlo Maria Cordio|
|Distributed by||Cannon Pictures Inc.|
After a heated argument with her military police turned cop husband, Lawson (Michael Dudikoff); Russian immigrant house wife, Lara (Savina Gersak) storms off into the night convinced he's more married to his job than her. On her drive to a friend's house, she takes pity on a mournful hitchhiker Justin Mckay (Mark Hamill), desperately searching for a ride. Her offer of a lift to him plunges her into a night of pure terror as Justin is seriously disturbed, twisted by a tortured childhood which ended in being made to see his little sister's shocking murder and mutilation at the hands of his brutal alcoholic mother (who took a butcher knife to her head and used it like a comb) who systematically slays anyone who harms or offends him on a murderous impulse, as he captures their dying moments on his Polaroid camera.
As Lawson struggles to follow Lara despite a leg in a cast, he is left for dead by Justin, but recovers and now must search the steadily darkening roads for Lara, while her deeply troubled captor Justin continues his uncontrollable slaughter-spree, rampaging through the night leaving behind carnage and fiery devastation on his path of madness. As soon as Justin and Lara reach the hospital, Justin pretends Lara is paranoid and soon encounter Dr. Hardy, Justin's doctor who tried to help Justin when he first met him. While Lawson arrives at the hospital, Justin forces Dr. Hardy to give Lara the treatment of electric shocks. As much as Dr. Hardy tries to persuade Justin not to, he ignores him and gives Lara electric shocks, thus trying to kill her. Lawson comes right out of a ventilation shaft into the room stopping Justin from his insane doing and pursues him down to the engineers room tackling Justin down and throwing him right into a current, electrifying him to death.
Lawson and Lara in the end head to the elevator, which Lawson forgives Lara and says that she is more important than his work. Not realizing that Justin survived the incident and secretly dresses up as a patient and is in the elevator with them and grabs a knife to kill them both, but Lawson grabs his gun and shots him directly to the head leading him to his real death, thus ending the film.
- Michael Dudikoff as Lawson, Lara's husband
- Mark Hamill as Justin Mckay
- Savina Gersak as Lara, Lawson's wife
- Robert Mitchum as Dr. Hardy
- Pamela Ludwig as Rental agent
- Timothy Brown as Jordan
- Lezlie Deane as Joan
- Steve Ingrassia as Man with Joan
- Cynthia Szigeti as Mrs. Egan
- Dee Dee Rescher as a Receptionist
- R. A. Rondell as Officer Baker
- Mark A. Pierce as a Policeman
The film was released on July 20, 1990 in the United States.
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