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The Morning After (1986)

A woman wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she do it herself, and if not, is she in danger herself?



(as James Hicks)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Manero
Isabel Harding
Richard Foronjy ...
Sergeant Greenbaum
Bobby Korshack
James 'Gypsy' Haake ...
Don Hood ...
Fran Bennett ...
Airline Clerk
Michael Flanagan ...
Airline Supervisor
Michael Prince ...
Mr. Harding
Mrs. Harding
José Angel Santana ...
Driver (as José Santana)


Alex Sternberg wakes up with a hangover and no memory of how she ended up in bed with a dead man. She flees, convinced that she has had another blackout and stabbed someone. Her only support, Turner, an ex cop and recovering alcoholic who is unsympathetic to her plight. She could believe that it is as simple as a violent act committed while drunk, except that the body keeps re-appearing. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

25 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la mañana siguiente  »

Box Office


$25,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This 1986 picture was the second consecutive suspense-thriller movie in back-to-back years for actor Jeff Bridges who had the previous year in 1985 starred in the suspenser-movie Jagged Edge (1985) with Glenn Close. Both motion pictures feature a knife or dagger as the murder weapon and in both films there was doubt whether the central female character should trust Bridges' character. See more »


After Turner and Viveca/Alex sleep together at his home, the newspaper she's reading jumps from her hands to the tabletop several times between shots. See more »


Alex Sternbergen: [Her first lines] What the fuck?
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References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »


Composed & performed by The Earons
Courtesy of Island Records
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What a beautiful LA!
2 November 2003 | by (Salinas, Spain) – See all my reviews

I Think I´ll never see again the city of Los Angeles so beautiful like in this movie. The sky is so blue that the color seems made in a laboratory. The shining California sun gives a very lighted look to all the scenes filmed on street locations. Jane Fonda, playing an alcoholic but also a sensual lady, is brilliant too and so sexy as she was in 1971, when she won the Oscar for "Klute". You´ll enjoy watching "The Morning After", if you love LA, the sunny days and ladies like Jane Fonda.

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