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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Kevin 'kid' Collins
... Bert
... Fay Anderson
... Garrett "Uncle Bud" Stoker
Tom Wagner ... Counterman
... Truck Driver (as Michael G. Hagerty)
James E. Bowen Jr. ... Second Driver
George Dickerson ... Doc Goldman
Napoleon Walls ... Boxing Referee
... Jack
... Nanny
James Cotton ... Charlie
... Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Mazella Jr. ... Flashback Fighter (as Vince Mazzella Jr.)
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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 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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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Depois do anoitecer, querida  »

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$2,678,414
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

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When Bruce Dern and Jason Patric are sitting in the car looking at the mansion, about 30 minutes into the movie, the reflection of a crew member is visible in the chrome of the driver side rear view mirror. See more »

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Kevin 'kid' Collins: [voiceover] When a man stops caring what happens, all the strain is lifted from him. Suspicion and worry and fear, all things that twist his thinking out of focus are brushed aside, and he can see people exactly as they are at last - as I saw Fay then: weak and frightened but basically as good as a person could be and hating herself for not being better. Suddenly, the only thing that mattered was that she live, it was the only way my having lived would make any sense. It was why I had been made ...
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

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Jim Thompson pulp played to perfection.
19 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a moody, oblique, adult thriller that seems to bore most of the reviewers so far, making me think that they're all mostly adolescent-type viewers. While not a perfect film noir, AFTER DARK, MY SWEET is a particularly unusual one in that it uses bright atmospherics as opposed to the standard dark ones used to enhance the downward decadence of the material. This picture was made at a time when pulp novelist Thompson was getting a bit of a revival on screen, with a remake of THE GETAWAY and a nifty film version of THE GRIFTERS. The remarkable French film COUP DE TORCHON, also based on a Thompson novel (entitled POP. 1280) uses the same bright noir approach. AFTER DARK, MY SWEET stands admirably along side all these films as a relevant tribute to a writer who often exposed people's dark anxieties with tough, stylish precision! Check out the widescreen Artisan DVD for some nicely done and highly-recommended, adult moviemaking.


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