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Short summary

An aging safe-cracker recently released from prison is asked to put his old skills to use and risk his freedom to save his son's life.

An actors last minute cancellation caused Leon Russom to call his close friend Larry Cedar less than 12 hours before shooting was to begin to see if he would be willing to come in at the last minute. The two actors had just completed work together on a production of King Lear at The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company.

Writer - director Julian Fort met the film's star Leon Russom at a San Fernando Valley Starbucks during the run up to the 2008 US Presidential election where the two became fast friends talking about politics and movies for hours at a time. Through their friendship the idea of film was born.

Star Leon Russom played the father of the films producer Adam Carl in the 1988 NBC pilot Down Delaware Road (1988). Carl's longtime friend Julian Fort had no idea when he wrote the role for Russom.

Writer - director Julian Fort met and shook hands with the films co-star Charles Dierkop on the board walk in Venice Beach California in the 1970's when the director was only 6 years old. He recognized the actor from his work in Raumschiff Enterprise (1966). The two would meet 35 years later when Charles came through the Lemon Grove gate at Paramount Pictures where Julian was working as a security guard.

The giant bank vault door used in the film is the door that was created for Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001).

User reviews

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    • Author: Bremar
    Where to begin?!? The Midnighters immediately grabs you from the first sounds of the opening credits against a black screen and doesn't let go until the totally shocker twist of an ending! Julian Fort is a first time feature filmmaker, but you wouldn't know it from the impressive job he did directing veteran actors. The performances are stellar, it's cool to see old character actor Leon Russom get his moment in the limelight as a wounded and sensitive but still badass old school bank robber try to navigate the modern world. The writing is stellar and moves the story along at a quick pace. The cinematography is gorgeous, the camera work is not showy and is a quiet observer rather than the ever popular (and annoying) over the top zooms, pans and edits that are done as a cheap trick and nothing more. If you like bank heist movies, take a chance on this little ambitious film. Their budget may have been tiny, but their heart is huge and it shows in the final product. I'm super impressed. Julian Fort has a future ahead of him that shows a lot of promise and I look forward to seeing more from this writer/director!!!
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    • Author: Dagdardana
    This movie's budget was $80,000. Not $1,000,000. SAG micro-budget indie. Bit of a miracle.
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    • Author: Jeronashe
    Was a good movie but the ending was messed up. Didnt explain what really happened at end you had to figure it
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    • Author: Vareyma
    Some unexpected twists and turns,good acting by Leon Russow.
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    • Author: Yadon
    An impressive little film with a big heart. I highly recommend giving this entertaining and at moments quite poinient film a chance. Very impressive for a first time director with such a small budget.
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    • Author: Skilkancar
    Smoking, coughing, looking out the window. I can do that stuff myself. This is very very bad.
  • Credited cast:
    Adam Carl Adam Carl - Bank manager
    Larry Cedar Larry Cedar - Tyrell
    Charles Dierkop Charles Dierkop - Louie
    Jack Gogreve Jack Gogreve - Russell
    Ryan Kaercher Ryan Kaercher - Short Time
    Eve Mauro Eve Mauro - Natalia
    Stuart McLean Stuart McLean - Vadik
    Brent Pope Brent Pope - Omar
    Costa Ronin Costa Ronin - Orion
    Leon Russom Leon Russom - Victor
    Zachary Russom Zachary Russom - Sasha (as Zack Russom)
    Gregory Sims Gregory Sims - Danny
    John Wesley John Wesley - Chester
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