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The Morning After (1986)

A washed up, alcoholic actress who is prone to blackouts wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she kill him and, if not, is she in danger?

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writer:

James Cresson (as James Hicks)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Alex Sternbergen
Jeff Bridges ... Turner Kendall
Raul Julia ... Joaquin Manero
Diane Salinger ... Isabel Harding
Richard Foronjy ... Sergeant Greenbaum
Geoffrey Scott ... Bobby Korshack
James 'Gypsy' Haake James 'Gypsy' Haake ... Frankie
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Red
Don Hood ... Hurley
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Airline Clerk
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Airline Supervisor
Bruce Vilanch ... Bartender
Michael Prince Michael Prince ... Mr. Harding
Frances Bergen ... Mrs. Harding
José Angel Santana José Angel Santana ... Driver (as José Santana)
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Storyline

Alex Sternberg wakes up with a hangover and no memory of how she ended up in bed with a dead man. She flees, convinced that she has had another blackout and stabbed someone. Her only support, Turner, an ex cop and recovering alcoholic who is unsympathetic to her plight. She could believe that it is as simple as a violent act committed while drunk, except that the body keeps re-appearing. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Last night she drank to forget. Today she woke up to a murder. Is he her last hope or the last man she should trust? See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A la mañana siguiente See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,069,926, 28 December 1986

Gross USA:

$25,147,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,147,055
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kathy Bates: As woman neighbor on Mateo Street. See more »

Goofs

After Turner and Alex sleep together at his home, the newspaper that she's reading jumps from her hands to the tabletop several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Alex Sternbergen: I gotta call Jackie, maybe he call help. He's smart, he knows the people that are in charge.
Turner Kendall: In charge of what?
Alex Sternbergen: Everything. The world.
Turner Kendall: He's a hair dresser.
Alex Sternbergen: That's what he does, that's not what he is.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Solo saxophone performed by George Howard
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Jane plays a version of Gail Russell
2 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Jane Fonda gives an incredibly nuanced performance as a spiraling down drunkard, she researched the tragic 40's star Gail Russell who drank herself to death at 36 to fully understand her characters plight of a once promising actress reduced to blackouts and infamy. Jeff Bridges is almost as strong as a stranger trying to help her out of a situation she can't even remember. The rest of the cast gives good support starting with Raul Julia on down to a pre-stardom Kathy Bates in a tiny role, the problem is that the script that all this superior work is working with is ill conceived and not terribly well directed by the usually excellent Lumet.


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