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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 »

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Trivia

The film was Oscar nominated in one category in 1987 - for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Jane Fonda, who lost to Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (1986). 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: Don't you have anything civiler. Something...
Frankie: Honey, I'm a drag queen, not a transvestite. I don't buy no house dresses.
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Connections

Featured in The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) See more »

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Solo saxophone performed by George Howard
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All the right ingredients but what happened?...
23 December 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

THE MORNING AFTER is one of those films that begins with an intriguing opening--JANE FONDA wakes up in bed next to a murdered man and, because she was in an alcoholic daze, can't remember even entering the man's apartment. So far, so good. Nice hook to draw the viewer in.

But as the story unwinds, it becomes clear that the writers ran out of material for a substantial story about midway through. The weaknesses are offset somewhat by the good performance of JEFF BRIDGES as a helpful policeman who agrees to help Fonda solve the who-dun-it aspect of her plight.

It's all beautifully staged and photographed in a sunlit Los Angeles and worth watching for the performances alone. Fonda is at her best as the worried alcoholic who refuses to believe she could have committed the crime and Bridges provides some good chemistry as a co-star.

But the ending (with its revelation) is a bit disappointing after all the build-up to a conclusion. RAOUL JULIA and KATHY BATES have minor roles but the weak ending is hard to dismiss.

Fonda won an Oscar nomination and deserved it for creating a dimensional character in a story thin on believable characters.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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