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The Morning After (1986)

A washed up, alcoholic actress who is prone to blackouts wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she kill him and, if not, is she in danger?

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Cast

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Joaquin Manero
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Isabel Harding
Richard Foronjy ...
Sergeant Greenbaum
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Bobby Korshack
James 'Gypsy' Haake ...
Frankie
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Red
Don Hood ...
Hurley
Fran Bennett ...
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Michael Flanagan ...
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Bartender
Michael Prince ...
Mr. Harding
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Mrs. Harding
José Angel Santana ...
Driver (as José 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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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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25 December 1986 (USA)  »

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A la mañana siguiente  »

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$25,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Kathy Bates: As woman neighbor on Mateo Street. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Faking It: The Morning Aftermath (2014) See more »

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ADDICTED TO LOVE
Composed & performed by Robert Palmer
Courtesy of Island Records
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All the right ingredients but what happened?...
23 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE MORNING AFTER is one of those films that begins with an intriguing opening--JANE FONDA wakes up in bed next to a murdered man and, because she was in an alcoholic daze, can't remember even entering the man's apartment. So far, so good. Nice hook to draw the viewer in.

But as the story unwinds, it becomes clear that the writers ran out of material for a substantial story about midway through. The weaknesses are offset somewhat by the good performance of JEFF BRIDGES as a helpful policeman who agrees to help Fonda solve the who-dun-it aspect of her plight.

It's all beautifully staged and photographed in a sunlit Los Angeles and worth watching for the performances alone. Fonda is at her best as the worried alcoholic who refuses to believe she could have committed the crime and Bridges provides some good chemistry as a co-star.

But the ending (with its revelation) is a bit disappointing after all the build-up to a conclusion. RAOUL JULIA and KATHY BATES have minor roles but the weak ending is hard to dismiss.

Fonda won an Oscar nomination and deserved it for creating a dimensional character in a story thin on believable characters.


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