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After Hours (1985)

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An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.

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Thomas 'Tom' Schorr
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A meek word processor impulsively travels to Manhattan's Soho District to date an attractive but apparently disturbed young woman and finds himself trapped there in a nightmarishly surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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When it's after midnight in New York City, you don't have to look for love, laughter and trouble. They'll all find you! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Night in SoHo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Joseph Minion's script was his thesis for Columbia Film School. He got an "A" from his teacher, Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev. See more »

Goofs

When Neil and Pepe flee from Paul in the van (the first time), the engine can be heard revving as they speed away although the brake lights are on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paul Hackett: [Paul and Lloyd in front of a computer terminal] Alright, punch. Punch it in.
Lloyd: Right.
Paul Hackett: Okay, let's, first of all, refresh the screen here. Alright, and go into "format ruler".
[Lloyd punches at the keyboard]
Paul Hackett: There.
Lloyd: All right. Now, file?
Paul Hackett: Right.
Lloyd: Right?
[presses a key]
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are displayed over a moving shot of Paul's office, during which more and more employees show up for work. When the camera passes Paul's desk again, he has disappeared. See more »

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Is That All There Is?
Composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Peggy Lee
Arranged by Randy Newman
Published by Leiber/Stoller Bienstock Publishing Company
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Scorsese does Comedy
5 April 2005 | by (Watertown, MA) – See all my reviews

After Hours, originally a Columbia thesis script by Joseph Minion tells the story of Paul Hackett's crazy adventure in Soho.

A friend described After Hours as a movie he always saw the cover for at the video store back in the day, and always thought it was a silly 80s comedy. It wasn't till years later he realized it was a Scorsese movie.

The movie came in the WB Box Set released with Goodfellas, Mean Streets, and a few other of the filmmakers lesser known, earlier films. I was happy when I finally popped After Hours into the DVD player, it is a darkly funny, well written downtown New York Adventure.

Hackett meets Marcy in a café, who passes her number off to him. Clearly a bored word processor seeking adventure, Hackett calls Marcy, who invites him over, he peers at his watch, 11:30pm, and his night has just begun. So begin's his crazy adventure, meeting peculiar character after peculiar character. The theme of the movie is that the whole world is different after midnight, from the people who inhabit it, to the rules which govern it.

Hackett has lost his money, and is so far from his home uptown, that he is virtually stuck in Soho. It's a fun movie, and worth seeing, if just for what Scorsese was up to between Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ.


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