Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Into the Night
Director: John Landis
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Farnsworth, Irene Papas, Kathryn Harrold, Paul Mazursky, Vera Miles, Roger Vadim, Clu Gulager, Dan Aykroyd, David Bowie, Bruce McGill

Ed is an insomniac whose career and marriage are in the doldrums. One night he runs into Diana, a vivacious young woman who is in trouble. This laid-back caper comedy came out in the same period as After Hours (1985) and Something Wild (1986). All three tell a story about a bored office drone who undergoes a transformative experience. Jeff Goldblum is wonderfully restrained as Ed, Michelle Pfeiffer is just lovely as Diana, and David Bowie has a hilarious supporting role as an English henchman. John Landis plays one of the buffoonish Iranian gunmen, and he has given many of his fellow filmmakers cameo roles. These include Don Siegel, Jonathan Demme, Lawrence Kasdan, Amy Heckerling, Jim Henson, and Rick Baker. The soundtrack includes several tracks by B.B. King.