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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
Thomas 'Tom' Schorr
Diner Waiter (Pete)
Robert Plunket ...
Street Pickup
Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block ...
Taxi Driver


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 duke1029

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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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Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Night in SoHo  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)


$10,600,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first thirty minutes of the film are based on radio artist Joe Frank's 1982 N.P.R. Playhouse monologue "Lies". Some of the dialogue and plot elements in the film are lifted verbatim from the program, including Paul meeting Marcy in the deli, the bagels-and-cream-cheese paperweights, Paul calling Marcy that same night to buy the paperweights, Paul losing his cab fare when it flies out of the window, Marcy being raped by a former boyfriend who came down the fire escape and falling asleep during said rape, Marcy being married to a man working overseas whom she writes to every day, and said husband's sexual quirk. Joe Frank filed a lawsuit against the producers and was then paid handsomely in a settlement. See more »


When Paul asks June to join him for a drink, he begins to approach her table walking towards his right. But as the scene switches, he's then suddenly walking in the opposite direction towards his left. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Kabluey (2007) See more »


Night and Day
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Music
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9/10 original and funny
31 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Martin Scorsese's After Hours is so unique and interwoven that repeat viewings are almost required. The film is completely over the top in every respect, but that is part of what makes it so compelling. Funny, smart, and imaginative.

Griffin Dunne is brilliant.

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