After Hours

October 11th, 1985


After Hours

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An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 7.6/10 (21,018 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom

A meek word processor impulsively travels to Manhattan's Soho District to date an attractive but apparently disturbed young woman and finds himself trapped there in a nightmarishly surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances.

Griffin Dunne - Paul Hackett
Rosanna Arquette - Marcy Franklin
Verna Bloom - June
Tommy Chong - Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
Linda Fiorentino - Kiki Bridges
Teri Garr - Julie
John Heard - Thomas 'Tom' Schorr
Cheech Marin - Neil
Catherine O'Hara - Gail
Dick Miller - Diner Waiter (Pete)
Will Patton - Horst
Robert Plunket - Street Pickup
Bronson Pinchot - Lloyd
Rocco Sisto - Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block - Taxi Driver

Taglines: What if that date you thought would never end, didn't?

Release Date: 11 October 1985

Filming Locations: 128 Spring Street, Soho, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $45,435 (USA) (13 September 1985) (1 Screen)

Gross: $10,600,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Tim Burton was the second choice for director after the producers saw Vincent. When Martin Scorsese became available after production delays on The Last Temptation of Christ, Burton, according to Griffin Dunne, gracefully bowed out of the project, saying he didn't want to stand in the way of Scorsese.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sound of a mousetrap snapping shut in Julie's apartment is clearly that of an empty one with the sharp sound of the metal trap bar loudly making contact with bare wood. The sound of one snapping down on an actual mouse would make more of a dull thump rather than a loud clack.

[first lines]
Paul Hackett: [Paul and Lloyd in front of a computer terminal] Alright, punch. Punch it in.
Lloyd: Right.
Paul Hackett: Okay, let's, first of all, refresh the screen here. Alright, and go into "format ruler".
[Lloyd punches at the keyboard]
Paul Hackett: There.
Lloyd: All right. Now, file?
Paul Hackett: Right.
Lloyd: Right?
[presses a key]

User Review

Scorcese's most underrated.

Rating: 9/10

Out of all the Scorsese films - I would have to admit this ranks in the top five. After Hours draws you into it's dark and surreal world with fantastical wonder. The characters are all interesting, the acting superb - especially Griffin Dunne - and the pacing is great.

It was made in 1985, and I can already see the techniques Scorsese used in Goodfellas - and the quick editing. It is directed and edited really well. So if you were a fan of Scorsese's frantic camera work in Goodfellas and Casino, this film is for you.

It really does put you on edge - as a viewer, you really want Dunne's character to get back home - but everything possible that could happen to him - happens. This is not just a evocation of soHo in the early 80's - it is a deeply black comedy. All the rules go out the window for Dunne's character, because after all it is after hours.

Scorsese really is the best living director at the moment - so do yourself a favour and watch this movie - it's fantastic.


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