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After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

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An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »

Director:

James Foley

Writers:

Jim Thompson (novel), Robert Redlin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Patric ... Kevin 'kid' Collins
Rocky Giordani ... Bert
Rachel Ward ... Fay Anderson
Bruce Dern ... Garrett "Uncle Bud" Stoker
Tom Wagner Tom Wagner ... Counterman
Mike Hagerty ... Truck Driver (as Michael G. Hagerty)
James E. Bowen Jr. James E. Bowen Jr. ... Second Driver
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Doc Goldman
Napoleon Walls Napoleon Walls ... Boxing Referee
Corey Carrier ... Jack
Jeanie Moore ... Nanny
James Cotton James Cotton ... Charlie
Burke Byrnes ... Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Mazella Jr. Vincent Mazella Jr. ... Flashback Fighter (as Vince Mazzella Jr.)
Thomas Wagner
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Storyline

An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both into helping kidnap a rich boy for ransom money, and the ex-fighter must make decisions about his loyalties and what is right. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Seduced beyond the limits of deception. Betrayed beyond the limits of desire.


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Depois do anoitecer, querida See more »

Filming Locations:

Mecca, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,678,414
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Production Co:

Avenue Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, the person in the emergency room's heart flatlines; asystole or absence of any electrical activity. Shocking or defibrillating will do no good in the absence of cardiac activity. The proper treatment would be to give intracardiac epinephrine, followed appropriately as necessary. See more »

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Kevin 'kid' Collins: I'd like to correct an erroneous impression you seem to have about me. you see, I'm not at all stupid. I may sound like I am, but I'm really not.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

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Boxer takes it out of the ring.
22 September 2004 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

Ex-boxer turned drifter, Kid Collins (Patric), wafts his way into the life of a con-man and a drunk. Wanting to stay below the radar, Collins takes refuge with a woman that trades shelter for work. The death of her husband has plummeted her into a world of alcohol and rage. As Collins begins to build a relationship with her, she shares with him details of a kidnapping plan that her and her 'Uncle' have been working on. Thinking that Collins is nothing more than a mental lackey, they persuade him to help with the diabolical plan. Little do they know that the monsters struggling inside Collins' mind are about to be unleashed onto the world. As the plan begins to disintegrate before their eyes, loyalties are lost, and nobody can be trusted.

What an amazing find! When I began watching this film I was not expecting to be so surprised. Jason Patric is spectacular in this film and demonstrates powerfully his ability to control and maintain a troubled character. I never once felt that he had stepped out of character during this performance. This is due in part to the exceptional direction by James Foley that creates a story so imaginative and real that you begin to feel as if this could be a town next to yours. Foley gives us flawed characters that take away that image of perfection and helps build deeper emotional ties. Foley also never gives anything away. Throughout this entire film, I never knew what was going to happen next. This is surprising for a Hollywood notorious for 'jumping the gun'.

Patric's performance with Foley's direction coupled with a completely terrifying secondary characters (like Bruce Dern and Rachel Ward), After Dark My Sweet is a true diamond in the rough.

Grade: ***** out of *****


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