Permanent Midnight


(out of 5)

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 (, , , 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.

JD Productions

USA, 1998

Directed by 

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



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