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After Hours (1985)

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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.

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Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Joseph Minion
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Robert Plunket ... Street Pickup
Bronson Pinchot ... Lloyd
Rocco Sisto ... Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block Larry Block ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

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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What if that date you thought would never end, didn't? See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The building used for Hackett's office building is the Met Life Tower near Madison Square Park. See more »

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When confronted by Tom's neighbors, Paul says he's a friend of Tom's, but during their initial meeting in the bar, Paul and Tom do not exchange names. See more »

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[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?
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An Uneasy Scorsese Experiment
18 February 2008 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I tried very hard to like "After Hours," Martin Scorsese's surrealist head trip about a straight-laced word processor (Griffin Dunne) who ventures off into the SoHo night and gets trapped inside a frustrating nightmare. It's an interesting premise for a film -- what goes on out there in the nocturnal world while the rest of us are fast asleep? But I couldn't help but feel that the film was trying too hard, like its creators were intentionally setting out to make something that would eventually end up as a cult classic. That it did doesn't make the movie any better. The best cult classics are those that become so naturally, not those that are manufactured to be so.

Griffin Dunne is on screen nearly constantly, and he does well with his role, gradually working himself up to a nearly hysterical pitch of frustration in his failed attempts to get back to the safety of his home. The supporting cast is peopled with recognizable faces in cameos: Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara, Cheech Marin, Rosanna Arquette. But no one is really playing a character, and no one really gets much to work with. I wasn't bothered by the implausibility of the film; implausibility is the film's point. But I did get somewhat bored by the arbitrary plot twists, and the fact that I couldn't connect with anyone in the film, not even Dunne, whose character is vaguely unlikable.

I did like the film's ending, though. It nicely captures that feeling of waking from an unsettling dream into the familiar world that you know and recognize.

Grade: B


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