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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)
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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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Cameo: [Bruce Vilanch]The comedian as a bartender.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Detective:She's got a violent record, assault with a deadly weapon. Did you know that when you married her.
Joaquin Manero:It's *why* I married her.
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
All the right ingredients but what happened?..., 23 December 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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