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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Manero
Isabel Harding
Richard Foronjy ...
Sergeant Greenbaum
Geoffrey Scott ...
Bobby Korshack
James 'Gypsy' Haake ...
Don Hood ...
Fran Bennett ...
Airline Clerk
Michael Flanagan ...
Airline Supervisor
Michael Prince ...
Mr. Harding
Frances Bergen ...
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 <>

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Last night she drank to forget. Today she woke up to a murder. Is he her last hope or the last man she should trust? See more »


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Release Date:

25 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la mañana siguiente  »

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$25,100,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The name of the TV show seen at the start of the movie was "Eye on L.A.". 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 »


Turner Kendall: Spades, uh, they spend disproportionately on their transportation - also in dressing their young.
Alex Sternbergen: What are you, the Klan anthropologist?
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »


Composed & performed by The Earons
Courtesy of Island Records
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Fonda looks good as a has been
6 September 2002 | by (La La Land) – See all my reviews

While Jane's last Oscar nominated performance (before she retired from films) has its moments, the film falls apart after she takes off her blonde wig. I thought she looked like a knockout with it on. Some really well photographed scenery pops up near the first half and there's a long extended sequence that has her clean up the dead man's apartment, which is filled with many sly touches; alas the beginning is ten times better and more developed than the weak conclusion. Jeff Bridges adds a nice touch to the story but was it really wise for the Fonda character to place all her trust in a total stranger? Kathy Bates has a cameo as a neighbor before she hit the big time scaring everyone in Misery. She's on the screen maybe 10 seconds to a minute, tops. Overall, the parts, as other reviewers have stated, are juicier than the whole.

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