After Dark, My Sweet

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Adapted from a novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet evokes memories of the film noirs of yore. Jason Patric plays Collie, a short-fused ex-boxer who gets mixed up with alcoholic widow Fay (Rachel Ward) and burned-out former lawman Uncle Bud (Bruce Dern). These two lowlifes involve Collie in a kidnapping scheme. At first willing to go along with the plan, Collie tires of Fay's drunken mood swings and seeks out new companionship. Doctor George Dickinson proves all too eager to be friends with ...
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Adapted from a novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet evokes memories of the film noirs of yore. Jason Patric plays Collie, a short-fused ex-boxer who gets mixed up with alcoholic widow Fay (Rachel Ward) and burned-out former lawman Uncle Bud (Bruce Dern). These two lowlifes involve Collie in a kidnapping scheme. At first willing to go along with the plan, Collie tires of Fay's drunken mood swings and seeks out new companionship. Doctor George Dickinson proves all too eager to be friends with Collie -- more than friends, in fact. Driven back into Fay's arms, Collie agrees to aid in the kidnapping. But when the victim turns out to be diabetic, things go from bad to worse.
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All Movie Guide - Linda Rasmussen
After Dark, My Sweet, adapted from cult-favorite crime novelist Jim Thompson's 1955 novel, is a dark and involving yet flawed modern-day film noir. Director James Foley and cinematographer Mark Plummer successfully creates a mood of desperation, which partially explains the motivations of the characters, but are not helped by a weak screenplay by Robert Redlin that fails to fully flesh out the characters. Jason Patric gives a wonderfully smoldering performance as the psychotic Collie, and finds the core of sympathy in an otherwise unpleasant character. Ward, while lovely, lacks the allure and sexuality necessary to make her a memorable femme-fatale and fails to create any real sexual chemistry with Patric. Without this chemistry, her character remains a drunken loser rather than a true film noir seductress. Bruce Dern is adequate as the completely unappealing and repellant Bud, but the character fails to evoke any empathy that would allow the audience to understand or relate to him on any level. Despite these flaws, Patric's performance makes this moody, atmospheric film well worth watching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • UPC: 013023024090
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Patric Kevin 'kid' Collins
Rachel Ward Fay Anderson
Bruce Dern Uncle Bud
George Dickerson Doc Goldman
James Cotton Charlie
Corey Carrier Jack
James E. Bowen Jr. Truck Driver
Vincent Joseph Mazzella Jr. Flashback Fighter
Rocky Giordani Bert
Michael Hagerty Truck Driver
Napoleon Walls Boxing Referee
Jeanie Moore Nanny
Burke Byrnes Cop
Thomas Wagner
Technical Credits
James Foley Director, Screenwriter
Felicity Bowring Makeup
David Brisbin Production Designer
Cary Brokaw Executive Producer
Ken Diaz Special Effects
Margaret Goldsmith Set Decoration/Design
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Hardy Production Designer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Ric Kidney Co-producer, Production Designer
A.J. Nay Stunts
Mark Plummer Cinematographer
Robert Redlin Co-producer, Screenwriter
David Rubin Casting
Howard E. Smith Editor
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Scene Index

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0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [1:59]
2. Walkin' Away [1:41]
3. Bert's Bar [3:23]
4. Mrs.Fay Anderson [4:41]
5. Job Offer [2:04]
6. Meeting Uncle Bud [14:24]
7. Return to Fay [3:51]
8. A Doctor's Duty [6:19]
9. Stacking Up [10:20]
10. The Kidnapping [8:48]
11. Who's in Charge [5:13]
12. Together Forever? [6:03]
13. Diabetes [7:48]
14. "Sweethearts" [6:06]
15. Fay Screws Up [3:47]
16. House Call [2:58]
17. Trust [4:53]
18. Airport Pickup [7:10]
19. Last Act [6:16]
20. End Credits [3:34]
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