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The Allnighter (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 1 May 1987 (USA)
Molly, Val and Gina are graduating college, but on their final night, frustrations are aired. Molly is still looking for real love and Val is beginning to doubt if that is what she's found.... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susanna Hoffs ... Molly Morrison
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Val
Joan Cusack ... Gina
John Terlesky ... C.J
James Shanta James Shanta ... Killer (as James Anthony Shanta)
Michael Ontkean ... Mickey
Pam Grier ... Sgt. McLeesh
Phil Brock ... Brad
Kaaren Lee ... Connie Alvarez
Janelle Brady ... Mary Lou
Meshach Taylor ... Hotel Detective Philip
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Hotel Detective Ted
Denise Dumont Denise Dumont ... Julie
Mary Petrie Mary Petrie ... Anna
Kelly Lynn Gitter ... Nancy (as Kelly Lynn Pushkin)


Molly, Val and Gina are graduating college, but on their final night, frustrations are aired. Molly is still looking for real love and Val is beginning to doubt if that is what she's found. Gina is too busy videotaping everything to really notice. When the final party at Pacifica College kicks off, things don't go exactly as planned. Written by Lars Skogan

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Who says you can't do it all in one night?


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cutting Loose See more »

Filming Locations:

Whittier, California, USA See more »


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Susanna Hoffs' mother was on set to ensure no nudity was shown during her love making scene. See more »


Killer: Love means never having to say you're loaded.
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Crazy Credits

Footage on Gina's camera of the characters partaking in various activities is shown throughout the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in Japan is ruromred to contain a extra scene were Gina talks to Val abought shooting her video. See more »


References I Walked with a Zombie (1943) See more »


Performed by Peter Hix
Music by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
Arranged by Charles Bernstein
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Wow, just wow(in a very bad way).
24 September 2007 | by benoviteSee all my reviews

Saw this movie yesterday and ho-lee cow. Excruciatingly bad. I mean HORRIFICALLY terrible.

In the realm of 80's teenage flicks, this would have to rank as the all-time worst. Matter of fact they should have called it Alltime Worst rather than The Allnighter.

I mean it. is. bad. Have I mentioned how bad it is? First off, the acting. There is some semblance of acting, if you look hard enough. Most of the actors have zero charisma and little to no personality, aside from Joan Cusak who at times looks like Tom Hanks in drag(Bossom Buddies?). The movie doesn't make you care for any of the characters. I think we were hoping someone died, that's how devoid of feeling we were towards these people. Susanah Hoffs: wow. I'll get to her later.

The writing/script- absolute rubbish. It's like 3 year old wrote the script based on an idea they had of what their teenage years might be like, and if that's the case it'll be mighty depressing! Bad dialogue, no story to speak of. Just a group of people gathering in a certain places.

The direction: REALLY bad. Like 80's porn bad. I think they should have actually turned this stinker into a porn movie at some point during its production. Would have been infinitely more entertaining. As it is, the director(Susanah Hoff's MOTHER?? Are you serious??)...

wait I can imagine this scenario, "Honey, I'm going to direct you in your first movie! Yay!" Oh boy. =/ I bet Susanah and her moms drew inspiration from Prince's Purple Rain or something to make them want to go there with this attempt. Anyway I'm digressing. The director is horrid. Badly framed scenes, badly directed scenes with actors, just badly bad. Like I said there are times when you think you're watching a porn movie. Speaking of which, apparently Susanah's mom really likes looking at her daughter with the least amount of clothing on or naked. The one saving grace of this movie is/are the scenes involving the director's daughter posing in front of a mirror in her underwear(nice butt!). Unfortunately there's nothing going on in the upper region, poor Susanah. =( The sex scene with Susanah and the guy are weird and far from sexy. I think it's time for more kudos to her mother for that. Yay, go mom! The music is bad 80's music. I think it's mostly Susanah Hoff's stuff but it's often hard to hear or tell, which may be a good thing. There are a couple of signature 80's tunes though.

So back to the director's daughter.... she can't act, let's just leave it at that.

No wait, there are times when the movie completely forgets about Susanah Hoff's character and the movie just goes on without her. There will be a scene or two that start with Suze and they're not returned to in order to see their completion. Then suddenly we're shown her again and it's like WHO CARES? The movie was crashing and burning without her, not like her scenes are going to add anything.

So basically bad writing, editing, acting and directing.

Did I miss anything=?

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