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After Hours (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  11 October 1985 (USA)
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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)
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Robert Plunket ...
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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 duke1029

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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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When Paul rings Kiki's doorbell, one of the buzzers is labeled "Czapsky Gallery". This is in honor of Stefan Czapsky, who served as gaffer on this film. He would later go on to shoot critical darlings like Ed Wood (1994) and box-office blockbusters like Blades of Glory (2007). 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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All he wants to do is go home, simple huh?
6 August 1999 | by (Worcester, England) – See all my reviews

Such a dark, ironic and uncomfortably funny string of events plus a large helping of bizarre, paranoid and unpredictable characters have never before been forged into one story.

The film follows Paul Hacket (Griffin Dunne) on a date from hell, where from square one it all goes horribly wrong. As we move on, the mood winds up into a frenzied nightmare as this poor mans' plight goes from bad to worse. "All I want to do is go home" he says, running for his life from an angry mob.

The story isn't complex, which you may think could bore, but the characters are so delightfully wacky that you can't help but be transfixed.

We've all had bad days when we've said "Phew! What a nightmare!" - well forget it, until you've taken half the knocks this guy does, you've had but a walk in the park.

Don't just rent this movie - buy it.

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