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City After Dark (1980)

The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs... See full summary »

Director:

Ishmael Bernal

Writer:

Ishmael Bernal (story and screenplay)
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charito Solis Charito Solis ... Virgie
Alma Moreno ... Adelina
Lorna Tolentino ... Baby
Rio Locsin ... Bea
Cherie Gil ... Kano
Gina Alajar ... Vanessa
Orestes Ojeda Orestes Ojeda ... Pebrero
William Martinez ... Alex
Bernardo Bernardo ... Manay Sharon
Johnny Wilson Johnny Wilson ... Virgir's Husband
Jojo Santiago Jojo Santiago ... Greggy Williams
Sharon Manabat Sharon Manabat ... Gaying
Mitch Valdez ... Marichu (as Maya Valdes)
Rolly Lapid Rolly Lapid
Rey Tomenes Rey Tomenes
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Storyline

The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs and prostitution. The outstanding narrative explicitly unravels the various characters and episodes. This landmark film of Ishmael Bernal depicts the darkness of city life so vividly that it was once prohibited to use the word 'Manila' on its title. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The fake nurse device of Alma Moreno's prostitute-in-nurse attire was taken from a real-life motel slaying case a year before the production of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Taxicab (2011) See more »

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The BEST
18 January 2005 | by kcabad-1See all my reviews

I consider this as the BEST FILIPINO FILM ever produced. It tackled the lives of various people from different walks of life in a city full of beauty in the daytime but decadence at night. Touched virtually all possible issues prevalent during those times, from drug addiction, prostitution, homosexuality, and so forth. I lived in Manila for the first 24 years of my life and this film excellently portrayed the city. Real. Raw. Spectacular.

All of the actors delivered their parts impeccably. The direction by the great late Ishmael Bernal was nothing short of brilliant. This was regarded to be by critics as the best film he has ever directed (although he has directed other note-worthy films, such as Aunor's Himala, but he's best known for this marvelous flick). This cinematic masterpiece was also ranked in top ten lists as one of the best Filipino films ever created. Exceptional film-making!

10/10


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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

28 November 1980 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Manila by Night See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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