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The Morning After -- Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia star in this edge-of-your seat thriller about an alcoholic actress who wakes up in bed with a dead man and doesn't have a clue as to how it happened.


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Release Date:
25 December 1986 (USA) See more »
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 »
A woman wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she do it herself, and if not, is she in danger herself? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
Emmys: The Morning After (The Morning After)
 (From Televisionary. 22 September 2009, 10:23 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Fonda ... Alex Sternbergen

Jeff Bridges ... Turner Kendall

Raul Julia ... Joaquin Manero

Diane Salinger ... Isabel Harding
Richard Foronjy ... Sergeant Greenbaum
Geoffrey Scott ... Bobby Korshack
James 'Gypsy' Haake ... Frankie

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Red
Don Hood ... Hurley
Fran Bennett ... Airline Clerk
Michael Flanagan ... Airline Supervisor

Bruce Vilanch ... Bartender
Michael Prince ... Mr. Harding
Frances Bergen ... Mrs. Harding
José Angel Santana ... Driver (as José Santana)

Bob Minor ... Man

George Fisher ... Cabbie

Rick Rossovich ... Detective
Laurel Lyle ... Secretary

Kathy Bates ... Woman on Mateo Street

Anne Betancourt ... Nurse
Patti Song ... Hairstylist #1
Betty Lougaris ... Salon Customer
Drew Berman ... Detective

Sam Scarber ... Detective
Michael Zand ... Detective

Gladys Portugues ... Body Builder
Corinna Everson ... Miss Olympia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Selga Sanders ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
James Cresson (written by) (as James Hicks)

David Rayfiel  uncredited

Produced by
Lois Bonfiglio .... associate producer
Bruce Gilbert .... producer
Wolfgang Glattes .... associate producer
Faye Schwab .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Chihara 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak 
Film Editing by
Joel Goodman 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
Kandy Stern 
Set Decoration by
Lee Poll 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Pete Altobelli .... makeup artist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Production Management
C. Tad Devlin .... unit production manager
Lilith Jacobs .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wolfgang Glattes .... first assistant director
Brenda Kalosh .... second second assistant director
Aldric La'auli Porter .... second assistant director
Art Department
David B. Brenner .... general foreman
Michael C. Claypool .... set dresser (as Michael Claypool)
Mark Hite .... lead man
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter (as Robert Lawless)
C.J. Maguire .... property master
Hope M. Parrish .... assistant property master
Richard Dean Rankin .... construction coordinator (as Richard D. Rankin)
Michael Schmidt .... set dresser
Darrell L. White .... set designer
Sound Department
Edward Beyer .... sound editor
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Robert Crosby .... boom operator
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects coordinator (as Tom Ward)
George Fisher .... stunt coordinator
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Karen Price .... stunts (as Karen Elayna Price)
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts
Loyd Catlett .... stunt player (uncredited)
Mark Lonsdale .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera
R. Michael De Chellis .... best boy
Craig Denault .... camera operator
Mikael Glattes .... camera loader
Steve Greaves .... dolly grip
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Gregg Guellow .... best boy
Harry Langdon .... photographer: loft photographs
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera
Hank Sheppherd .... rigging grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Chris Strong .... gaffer
Scott C. Williman .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... wardrobe supervisor
Linda Serijan .... wardrobe supervisor
Neil Spisak .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Dawn Chiang .... apprentice editor
Richard J. Rossi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jolene Cherry .... music supervisor
George Howard .... musician: saxophone solo
Chris Tergesen .... music engineer
Pat Woods .... music supervisor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gregory Dultz .... driver
Helen Mercier .... transportation captain
Rick Mercier .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Ward .... transportation captain
Shawn Coulter .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor
John Ross Bush .... location manager
Bruce Carter .... production assistant
Gwendolyn Files .... production auditor
Debi Karolewski .... assistant: Jane Fonda
Ingrid C. Michaels .... production office coordinator
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal action
Douglas E. Stoll .... location manager
Nancy Willen .... unit publicist
Michelle Zeisel .... assistant: Bruce Gilbert
Diane Lord .... thanks: Tyler Lord Beauty Establishment
Keith Lord .... thanks: Tyler Lord Beauty Establishment

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103 min
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: The beat-up-but-running Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible that Jeff Bridges's Turner Kendall drives is a 1955 model, not 1956.See more »
Alex Sternbergen:Don't you have anything civiler. Something...
Frankie:Honey, I'm a drag queen, not a transvestite. I don't buy no house dresses.
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Movie Connections:
References On the Waterfront (1954)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Lumet in California, bravo Bartkowiak, 27 November 2008
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

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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