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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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...can be murder. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sidney Lumet directed Jane Fonda's father, Henry Fonda, in 12 Angry Men (1957), Lumet's feature film debut See more »

Goofs

The taxi driver tells Alex that it is Thursday November 28, 1986. However, November 28, 1986 was a Friday. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Turner Kendall: Never did see that damn trick done right.
Alex Sternbergen: And you never will.
Turner Kendall: Whatever makes you happy.
Alex Sternbergen: You, oh you make me happy.
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Connections

Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

CHIEF INSPECTOR
Composed & performed by Wally Badarou
Courtesy of Island Visual Arts Records
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Despite the flaws I enjoy this film.
5 November 2010 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

The film takes place in LA in the 1980's. So you know what that means- I don't even need to say do I? Any film from the 80's has a very distinct look and while you see glimpses here and there of that era it's not too much to be distracting even if some screen time takes place in a beauty salon.

The film is interesting to watch because of the actors. They all do a good job here. Jane especially. Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia also are very good here. So it is the acting, the performances that make the film. The sets too are great-they almost are a character themselves from Alex's Pink and Mauve art deco place to the low budget but homey place of Turner's garage pad.

The flaws. There are some. Some of the dialog is cheesy and clichéd with laughable lines. The references to different cultures here in crude and crass terms. This was way BEFORE "politically correct".

This is not the greatest movie but I still love it and drag it out to watch about once a year.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Morning After See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

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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