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After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  24 August 1990 (USA)
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An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »

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Kevin 'kid' Collins
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Bert
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Fay Anderson
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Garrett "Uncle Bud" Stoker
Tom Wagner ...
Counterman
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Truck Driver (as Michael G. Hagerty)
James E. Bowen Jr. ...
Second Driver
George Dickerson ...
Doc Goldman
Napoleon Walls ...
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Jack
Jeanie Moore ...
Nanny
James Cotton ...
Charlie
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Cop
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Vincent Mazella Jr. ...
Flashback Fighter (as Vince Mazzella Jr.)
Thomas Wagner
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An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both into helping kidnap a rich boy for ransom money, and the ex-fighter must make decisions about his loyalties and what is right. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Seduced beyond the limits of deception. Betrayed beyond the limits of desire.


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Early in the film, the person in the emergency room's heart flatlines; asystole or absence of any electrical activity. Shocking or defibrillating will do no good in the absence of cardiac activity. The proper treatment would be to give intracardiac epinephrine, followed appropriately as necessary. See more »

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Kevin 'kid' Collins: [voiceover] When a man stops caring what happens, all the strain is lifted from him. Suspicion and worry and fear, all things that twist his thinking out of focus are brushed aside, and he can see people exactly as they are at last - as I saw Fay then: weak and frightened but basically as good as a person could be and hating herself for not being better. Suddenly, the only thing that mattered was that she live, it was the only way my having lived would make any sense. It was why I had been made ...
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a near-flawless adaptation
12 January 2005 | by (Marina del Rey, CA) – See all my reviews

The first of two Jim Thompson adaptations released in 1990 (the other being the more well-known GRIFTERS), AFTER DARK has all of Thompson's hallmarks: dangerous women, the confidence game, and characters that are either not as dim as others suspect them of being, or not as harmless.

Jason Patric is superb as a former boxer disqualified from the sport for life due to an incident in the ring (director James Foley uses RAGING BULL-esquire sequences to flesh out the back story) and the too-little-seen Rachel Ward also delivers a great performance. But Bruce Dern is the film's secret weapon: his sweet-talking grifter Uncle Bud subtly commands each of his scenes.

there's almost no comic relief in this film, so watch it prepared to be sucked into the void.


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