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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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Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
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Thomas 'Tom' Schorr
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Storyline

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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What if that date you thought would never end, didn't? See more »

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Night in SoHo  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,600,000 (USA)
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A technique known as "end slating" was used to capture Paul's reaction as he enters the nearly-vacant Club Berlin. Right before filming the shot, Griffin Dunne went to a bar around the corner, ordered drinks for the customers, then ran out without paying. The scene opens on him after this had just happened off-camera. See more »

Goofs

When Paul running away from the mob seeks shelter in the coffee shop (River something) and orders hamburger and coffee, the clock on the doorway shows 4:10, but when he again running away from the mob goes there and meets Tom, the same clock shows 12:14 when the waiter brings him hamburger and coffee. See more »

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[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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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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Chelsea Morning
Composed and Performed by Joni Mitchell
Published by Siquomb
Courtesy of Warner Bros. 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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