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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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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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Scorsese designed the film as a parody of Hitchcock's style. The elaborate camera movements echo sequences in Marnie (1964), while Howard Shore's score emulates the style of one of Hitchcock's most frequent collaborators, Bernard Herrmann. See more »

Goofs

The sound of a mousetrap snapping shut in Julie's apartment is clearly that of an empty one with the sharp sound of the metal trap bar loudly making contact with bare wood. The sound of one snapping down on an actual mouse would make more of a dull thump rather than a loud clack. 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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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 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Someone to Watch Over Me
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
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Scorcese's most underrated.
21 December 2004 | by (Wolves, England) – See all my reviews

Out of all the Scorsese films - I would have to admit this ranks in the top five. After Hours draws you into it's dark and surreal world with fantastical wonder. The characters are all interesting, the acting superb - especially Griffin Dunne - and the pacing is great.

It was made in 1985, and I can already see the techniques Scorsese used in Goodfellas - and the quick editing. It is directed and edited really well. So if you were a fan of Scorsese's frantic camera work in Goodfellas and Casino, this film is for you.

It really does put you on edge - as a viewer, you really want Dunne's character to get back home - but everything possible that could happen to him - happens. This is not just a evocation of soHo in the early 80's - it is a deeply black comedy. All the rules go out the window for Dunne's character, because after all it is after hours.

Scorsese really is the best living director at the moment - so do yourself a favour and watch this movie - it's fantastic.


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