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Afterglow (1997)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucky Mann
Marianne Byron
Donald Duncan
Domini Blythe ...
Helene Pelletier
Yves Corbeil ...
Bernard Ornay
Alan Fawcett ...
Count Falco / Jack Dana
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ...
Isabel Marino
France Castel ...
Gloria Marino
Genevieve Bissonnette ...
Monica Bloom
Ivan Smith ...
Ellen David ...
Judy the Waitress
Byron's Concierge


Two families are unhappy with their respective relationships: first of ambitious businessman Jeffrey Byron and sexually frustrated Marianne and second of repair contractor Lucky Mann and former B-movie actress Phyllis. When Lucky arrives to Byron's apartment to make some minor repair and Marianne becomes obsessed with him, the everyday balance breaks. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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26 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liebesflüstern  »

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$50,052 (USA) (26 December 1997)


$2,441,642 (USA) (3 April 1998)

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Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Tom Waits
Published by Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company, LLC.
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Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group by arrangement with
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Great to see Julie Christie, at least
17 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I like Alan Rudolph movies. I always thought of him as Robert Altman Lite.

When I saw "Welcome to L.A." in 1902 (I am exaggerating, but barely), I loved it and it seemed very Altman-like, and even starred some of the Altman-ettes like Geraldine Chaplin and Sissy Spacek. Most of the people were unhappy and if I'm not mistaken, Chaplin spends the whole movie in taxi cabs, taking pictures of the corners of buildings.

When I saw "Choose Me" years later, it had a breezy, jazzy feel to it that I loved. It was about people in love, unlucky in love, wanting more love, wanting love from someone else, etc.

"Afterglow" is a little like both of these movies. It has its jazz soundtrack intact and the people are miserable.

In a nutshell, Julie and Nick haven't had a decent moment together since before they can remember. Lara and Johnny Lee are much younger but also accumulating many bad moments. Secrets are revealed.

Both couples switch mates. They are not that much happier. Both find out about the other. That's it.

Nolte and Julie Christie have some good scenes together, but she has much more chemistry with Johnny Lee Miller, who gives the best performance in the movie by a mile. He nails his role as a yuppie/scumbag perfectly.

The whole thing is way too long. There are unnecessary scenes galore. If it were not for Julie Christie, I would have lasted 20 minutes w/this one. 5/10.

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