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

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When Collie opens the door at 24:04, sunny green outdoor foliage is visible through the doorway, yet in the next shot, Collie is just proceeding into another room of the house. See more »

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Kevin 'kid' Collins: [voiceover] I wonder where I'll be tomorrow. I wonder why I didn't stay where I was a week ago and a thousand miles from here. I wonder whether I shouldn't go back. They really weren't doing me much good there, it was too over-crowded, too understaffed, too hard-up for money. But they were pretty nice to me, and if I hadn't gotten so damn restless, if they hadn't made it so easy to escape...
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Sunburned Noir
19 March 2002 | by fowler1See all my reviews

It was easy not to notice this in theaters a decade ago, but time has been exceedingly kind to AFTER DARK & likely will continue to be. Already it stands as one of the 90s best films. Though its Southwestern locations (Indio, California was used) are both a bit too sparse and modern to suit the source material, in every other way this captures the ineffable aura of Jim Thompson's prose (and anyone who's actually READ "The Getaway" knows how utterly impossible a task translating his best effects to film really is). Director Foley has done a splendid job in setting a tone of dreamlike, sunburned melancholy and maintaining it throughout, aided immeasurably by fine performances by Rachel Ward & Bruce Dern and an absolutely riveting one by Jason Patric. I had faint hopes for this film before seeing it, due mostly to Patric in the lead; I was floored watching it, and all DUE to Patric's performance. Though a little young for the part, he captures perfectly the likable ambivalence and roiling inner pathology of the Jim Thompson Hero: you never stop feeling for the guy even as you know he will inevitably be compelled by his inner torments to do monstrous things before the story ends. Patric's complete immersion into "Kid Collins" steals a little thunder from one of Bruce Dern's most chillingly indelible portrayals of slime personified, "Uncle Bud". (Fans of Dennis Hopper's "Frank Booth" from BLUE VELVET would take to Uncle Bud immediately, I think.) More than any other film adaptation of Thompson, AFTER DARK -even more than THE GRIFTERS - embodies that peculiar cowtown existentialism of his that tells us we're each of us alone in a world where things start bad and only get worse, pretending we're sane the way kids pretend there's a Santa Claus. A film without an audience in 1990, but little by little, year by year, a growing and appreciative audience is building. See this movie.


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