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The Morning After (1986)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  25 December 1986 (USA)
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A woman wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she do it herself, and if not, is she in danger herself?

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Joaquin Manero
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Isabel Harding
Richard Foronjy ...
Sergeant Greenbaum
Geoffrey Scott ...
Bobby Korshack
James 'Gypsy' Haake ...
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Red
Don Hood ...
Hurley
Fran Bennett ...
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Michael Flanagan ...
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Michael Prince ...
Mr. Harding
Frances Bergen ...
Mrs. Harding
José Angel Santana ...
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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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Jane Fonda's performance and characterization as Alex Sternbergen in this film was often likened and compared to her performance and characterization of Bree Daniels in her earlier classic movie Klute (1971). Fonda had won the Best Actress Academy Award for that earlier movie and similarly got Oscar nominated in the same category for _The Morning After (1986)_ which was made and released about fifteen years after Klute (1971). See more »

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Lumet in California, bravo Bartkowiak
27 November 2008 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This movie was much better than I had reason to expect after reading the comments on IMDb. Its biggest flaw must be the way The Morning After is marketed. It is not really a taut whodunit thriller but rather a study of a particular place in a particular era with particular characters – a dark comedy and a love drama at the same time. The second biggest flaw is the grating, almost ever present musical score. But for the rest this movie is nearly perfect.

I should call The Morning After an expose of Southern California in the mid 1980s. The sets and the photography (a lot frontal or near frontal wide angle shots of curbside sceneries) are very accomplished – Schrader's American Gigolo came to mind. The sun is always shining, the air seems to be absolutely pure, even places that should be dirty (back yards, industrial sites etc.) are painted in gaudy colors and squeaky clean. But the minds of the principal protagonists are desperately foggy and muddled. California appears to be a big, decaying fake idyll. People go there to die, I once read in a novel by Nathanael West (The Day of the Locust – also made into a great, underrated California movie, by the way). And that more or less sums up the feel of it.

The cast is kept wonderfully small. Jane Fonda is brilliant and she would have deserved the Oscar for this part. For several long scenes she acts alone in front of the camera and she really conveys the desperation and the natural charm of the character (and she's really attractive, too, despite the boozing). Jeff Bridges is a reliable support here. Also very good is Raul Julia as Fonda's somehow estranged husband. He plays a high end hairdresser with a snazzy salon and at times displays an unexpected but highly welcome gentlemanly charm.

Until now I always thought of Sidney Lumet as an American East Coast director. It is the only one of his movies I know that is set in California. He seems to have his own way of appreciating that place. There is a director's comment on the DVD I purchased and I am looking forward to listening to that.


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