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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.

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 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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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, 13 September 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Griffin Dunne and Verna Bloom were in three movies directed by John Landis. Griffin Dunne was in An American Werewolf in London (1981),and Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). Verna Bloom was in Animal House (1978). See more »

Goofs

After Paul and Horst's exchange about his rudeness to Marcy, Kiki says to Paul "Well it's not too late to finish what you've started" though when she says the word "well" her mouth doesn't move. 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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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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Is That All There Is?
Composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Peggy Lee
Arranged by Randy Newman
Published by Leiber/Stoller Bienstock Publishing Company
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Scorsese does Comedy
5 April 2005 | by XenoidSee all my reviews

After Hours, originally a Columbia thesis script by Joseph Minion tells the story of Paul Hackett's crazy adventure in Soho.

A friend described After Hours as a movie he always saw the cover for at the video store back in the day, and always thought it was a silly 80s comedy. It wasn't till years later he realized it was a Scorsese movie.

The movie came in the WB Box Set released with Goodfellas, Mean Streets, and a few other of the filmmakers lesser known, earlier films. I was happy when I finally popped After Hours into the DVD player, it is a darkly funny, well written downtown New York Adventure.

Hackett meets Marcy in a café, who passes her number off to him. Clearly a bored word processor seeking adventure, Hackett calls Marcy, who invites him over, he peers at his watch, 11:30pm, and his night has just begun. So begin's his crazy adventure, meeting peculiar character after peculiar character. The theme of the movie is that the whole world is different after midnight, from the people who inhabit it, to the rules which govern it.

Hackett has lost his money, and is so far from his home uptown, that he is virtually stuck in Soho. It's a fun movie, and worth seeing, if just for what Scorsese was up to between Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ.


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