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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 & 8 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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Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "key drop" shot, where the camera drops vertically while tracking on Griffin Dunne, was done in two takes. In the first take, the camera lens was put through a hole in a wooden board and then the board was dropped from the roof with bungee cords. After the first take was done, producer Amy Robinson, director Martin Scorsese, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus refused to do the shot like that again for fear of Dunne's safety. According to Robinson, the bungee cords started smoking. Dunne, on the other hand, was oblivious to the danger and was ready to do another take. Ballhaus filmed the second take with a fast crane move. See more »

Goofs

June addresses Paul by his name twice, although he never tells her his name. 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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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: After Hours (2002) See more »

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Chelsea Morning
Composed and Performed by Joni Mitchell
Published by Siquomb
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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One of the lesser known Martin Scorsese films which needs to be rediscovered
8 September 2018 | by alaindellowSee all my reviews

This is one of Scorsese's lesser known films which is a travesty. Griffin Dunne plays a cubicle working blue collar- the type that was so rampant in the mid 80s, who accidently experiences a series of bizarre misadventures in New York City. This is not typical Scorsese fare and one reason it works is because of the legendary filmmaker's deft skills- the atmosphere is amazing as is the pacing of the film. The protagonist is relatable in an everyman lost and confused kind of way. Like a bad dream or surreal experience After Hours is one hell of a ride. As stated in the opening line of this review- it is a travesty that more people aren't aware of this film.


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