Midnight Madness

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Midnight Madness (1980 Movie)

“Midnight Madness” is a comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1980. The movie was directed by Michael Nankin and produced by Ron Miller, the CEO of Disney at the time. It is one of Disney’s early attempts to produce films targeting a teenage audience.

The film follows the story of a group of college students who are invited to participate in a mysterious all-night scavenger hunt called “The Great All-Nighter.” Leon (played by Michael J. Fox in his film debut) and his girlfriend, along with five other teams, must solve a series of clues and puzzles to find the ultimate prize at the end of the night.

The teams consist of diverse characters, each with their unique quirks and personalities. As the night progresses, they encounter various challenges and hilarious situations while racing around Los Angeles to find the hidden clues. The competition gets increasingly intense as the participants become more desperate to win the grand prize.

Throughout the adventure, the film combines elements of comedy, mystery, and a little bit of romance. It portrays the excitement and chaos of a wild scavenger hunt and the camaraderie that develops among the participants.

“Midnight Madness” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, but it has since gained a cult following. It was one of the early films to feature Michael J. Fox, who would later become a Hollywood icon through his role in the TV show “Family Ties” and the “Back to the Future” film series.

Despite its modest commercial success, “Midnight Madness” is remembered for its fun and entertaining concept, making it a nostalgic favorite among those who grew up with it. The film showcases the spirit of adventure and the importance of teamwork and friendship, making it an enjoyable watch for both teenagers and those who are young at heart.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $2.9 million
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  • David Naughton as Adam Larson
  • Debra Clinger as Laura
  • David Damas as Marvin
  • Joel Kenney as Flynch
  • Michael J. Fox as Scott Larson
  • Stephen Furst as Harold
  • Patricia Alice Albrecht as Lucille
  • Andy Tennant as Melio
  • Brian Frishman as Barf
  • Sal Lopez as Blade
  • Maggie Roswell as Donna
  • Robyn Petty as Berle
  • Betsy Lynn Thompson as Peggy
  • Carol Gwynn Thompson as Lulu
  • Eddie Deezen as Wesley
  • Marvin Katzoff as Debater #1
  • Christopher Sands as Debater #2
  • Michael Gitomer as Debater #3
  • Brad Wilkin as Lavitas
  • Dirk Blocker as Blaylak
  • Curt Ayers as Armpit
  • Trevor Henley as Cudzo
  • Keny Long as Gerber


  • Director: Michael Nankin and David Wechter
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Julius Wechter

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.