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About Last Night... (1986)

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A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie (as James Belushi)
Mother Malone
Donna Gibbons ...
Mrs. Lyons (as Rosana De Soto)
Robert Neches ...
Joe Greco ...
Ada Maris ...


Danny and Bernie are two single men living their lives on the wild side. But when Danny meets Debbie at a bar and the two start a relationship with a one night stand, Danny's life takes a different turn. How does this passionate night become a full affair and what effect will this relationship have on both people and their friendship with their best mates ? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Making love was easy...being in love difficult. See more »


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Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sexual Perversity in Chicago  »

Box Office


$38,702,310 (USA)

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According to producer Jason Brett, Edward Zwick was chosen to direct About Last Night... (1986) "largely on the strength of the telefilm, Special Bulletin (1983) for which he won an Emmy, the Humanitas Prize, and both Directors Guild and Writers Guild Awards. Ed had not directed a feature film before. But his work in television - with the actors on Family (1976), the sure-handedness of Special Bulletin (1983) and his background in directing theatre, was impressive. This is, after all, an actors' piece. We were not aware, at the time, that he was from Chicago. That was a bonus". See more »


The end of the movie apparently takes place when the softball team has a spring practice. However, we see that the leaves are changing. See more »


Bernie: [Danny tells Bernie that he told Debbie he loves her] Ooohhhh! Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan!
Bernie: Who said it first?
Danny: I did.
Bernie: Ooohhhh! Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan!
Bernie: Was it before you came, or after?
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Referenced in Scrubs: My Nickname (2001) See more »


Written by Scott Kempner
Performed The Del Lords
Courtesy EMI America Records
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The Difference Between Boys and Girls
24 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At 5.8 stars this is underrated, probably dismissed due to two brat packer leads (Demi Moore, Rob Lowe) at the peak of their annoying bratpackerdom. It turns out, however, ABOUT LAST NIGHT is surprisingly witty and literate. It takes an unusually soulful look at the differences between how 20-something men and women see love and relationships, and is one of the smarter romantic comedies of the past 15 years.

There are a number of crisp and quotable dialogue exchanges (particularly between irascibly sexist Belushi and irrepressibly man-castrating Perkins), some funny but some heartfelt. The entire cast performs well, too, probably thanks to the steady hand of director Ed Zwick. In particular, Demi Moore is pretty darn good in both the light stuff (her memorable "female secrets" list to Lowe) and then later as the devastated and heartbroken weeper after the split. The usually cardboard Lowe is also surprisingly good, actually emoting and garnering our sympathy after foolishly breaking up with Demi but quickly realizing he has made a terrible mistake.

As "Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl" scenarios go, ABOUT LAST NIGHT's premise israther routine. However, the execution is cleverer and we care about Lowe's and Moore's characters, who are appealing and well drawn. SNL veteran Tim Kazurinsky scribed the story, which has just the right touch of angst, tears and laughter. More than comedy, however, ABOUT LAST NIGHT takes a revealing and realistic look at differences between the way men and women think. Perhaps a bit shmaltzy in the end, but still a productive use of your time, and a generally worthy relationship movie. 8.5 / 10.

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