Permanent Midnight (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1998.  JD Productions.  Screenplay by David Veloz, based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.  

Forgettable recount of the turbulent battle with heroin addiction fought by Jerry Stahl, a television writer who contributed to shows like Alf and Thirtysomething before getting too strung out to work.  is strong in the lead but the film is too short and fails to build up any momentum. There’s not much more to it than some disgusting encounters with Stahl’s addiction (including mishandling of his baby daughter), and a series of cameos by highly talented actors (, Connie Nielsen, , and , who is still absolutely stunning).  has the best scenes as a fellow rehab survivor with whom Stahl shares his experiences, and is lovely (but underused) as his green-card wife.

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