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After Hours (1985)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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June
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Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
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Tom the Bartender
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Gail
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Waiter
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Robert Plunket ...
Street Pickup
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Lloyd
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Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block ...
Taxi Driver
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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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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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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,600,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese could not figure out a suitable ending for the film. He asked Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg to watch the film so they could give him their opinion on how the film should end. 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 »

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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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Last Train to Clarksville
Composed by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce
Performed by The Monkees
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Arista Records
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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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