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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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?


Part of a run of mid-1980s box-office flops for the film's director Sidney Lumet which also included the same 1986 year's Power (1986) and 1984's Garbo Talks (1984). See more »


The beat-up-but-running Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible that Jeff Bridges's Turner Kendall drives is a 1955 model, not 1956. See more »


[last lines]
Turner Kendall: Never did see that damn trick done right.
Alex Sternbergen: And you never will.
Turner Kendall: Whatever makes you happy.
Alex Sternbergen: You, oh you make me happy.
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Referenced in The Fosters: The Morning After (2013) See more »


Composed & performed by The Earons
Courtesy of Island Records
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Jane plays a version of Gail Russell
2 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jane Fonda gives an incredibly nuanced performance as a spiraling down drunkard, she researched the tragic 40's star Gail Russell who drank herself to death at 36 to fully understand her characters plight of a once promising actress reduced to blackouts and infamy. Jeff Bridges is almost as strong as a stranger trying to help her out of a situation she can't even remember. The rest of the cast gives good support starting with Raul Julia on down to a pre-stardom Kathy Bates in a tiny role, the problem is that the script that all this superior work is working with is ill conceived and not terribly well directed by the usually excellent Lumet.

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