An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Joseph Minion
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Dunne ... Paul Hackett
Rosanna Arquette ... Marcy
Verna Bloom ... June
Tommy Chong ... Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
Linda Fiorentino ... Kiki
Teri Garr ... Julie
John Heard ... Tom the Bartender
Cheech Marin ... Neil
Catherine O'Hara ... Gail
Dick Miller ... Waiter
Will Patton ... Horst
Robert Plunket ... Street Pickup
Bronson Pinchot ... Lloyd
Rocco Sisto ... Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block ... Taxi Driver
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A meek word processor in New York impulsively travels downtown to Soho for date with an attractive, but apparently disturbed young woman, and finds himself trapped in a nightmarishly surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances. Written by duke1029

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When it's after midnight in New York City, you don't have to look for love, laughter and trouble. They'll all find you! See more »


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Martin Scorsese: shining a spotlight from a platform in the club. See more »

Goofs

When Paul asks June to join him for a drink, he begins to approach her table walking towards his right. But as the scene switches, he's then suddenly walking in the opposite direction towards his left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paul Hackett: [Paul and Lloyd in front of a computer terminal] Alright, punch. Punch it in.
Lloyd: Right.
Paul Hackett: Okay, let's, first of all, refresh the screen here. Alright, and go into "format ruler".
[Lloyd punches at the keyboard]
Paul Hackett: There.
Lloyd: All right. Now, file?
Paul Hackett: Right.
Lloyd: Right?
[presses a key]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are displayed over a moving shot of Paul's office, during which more and more employees show up for work. When the camera passes Paul's desk again, he has disappeared. See more »

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I Don't Know Where I Stand
Composed and Performed by Joni Mitchell
Published by Siquomb
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Scorcese's most underrated.
21 December 2004 | by OllieZSee all my reviews

Out of all the Scorsese films - I would have to admit this ranks in the top five. After Hours draws you into it's dark and surreal world with fantastical wonder. The characters are all interesting, the acting superb - especially Griffin Dunne - and the pacing is great.

It was made in 1985, and I can already see the techniques Scorsese used in Goodfellas - and the quick editing. It is directed and edited really well. So if you were a fan of Scorsese's frantic camera work in Goodfellas and Casino, this film is for you.

It really does put you on edge - as a viewer, you really want Dunne's character to get back home - but everything possible that could happen to him - happens. This is not just a evocation of soHo in the early 80's - it is a deeply black comedy. All the rules go out the window for Dunne's character, because after all it is after hours.

Scorsese really is the best living director at the moment - so do yourself a favour and watch this movie - it's fantastic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night in SoHo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,435, 15 September 1985

Gross USA:

$10,609,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,609,321
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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