After Hours

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Overview

Martin Scorsese's After Hours is a dark, tragi-comic tale of a fish out of water, centering on an uptight, white-bread computer consultant from uptown Manhattan who finds himself in the nightmarish and incomprehensible (to him) world of Soho after dark. The ordeal begins when Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) gets lonely and decides to leave the posh East Side and search the Soho streets for some loving from Marcy (Rosanna Arquette), the pretty young woman he met in a downtown cafe. He has her phone number and works ...
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Overview

Martin Scorsese's After Hours is a dark, tragi-comic tale of a fish out of water, centering on an uptight, white-bread computer consultant from uptown Manhattan who finds himself in the nightmarish and incomprehensible (to him) world of Soho after dark. The ordeal begins when Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) gets lonely and decides to leave the posh East Side and search the Soho streets for some loving from Marcy (Rosanna Arquette), the pretty young woman he met in a downtown cafe. He has her phone number and works up the nerve to call. She wants to see him, and so Paul grabs $20, hails a taxi and sets out. The weirdness begins when he loses his money during the high-speed cab ride. His visit to Marcy's loft, where he meets her crazed artist roommate Kiki (Linda Fiorentino), is a disaster, as is his encounter with the beehive-wearing retro waitress Julie (Teri Garr).
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Special Features

Commentary by Griffin Dunne, director Martin Scorsese, producer Amy Robinson, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker; Making-of documentary Filming for Your Life: Making After Hours; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Paul is trying to get into Marcy's apartment. She tosses her keys down to him. Scorsese gives the audience the shot from the keys' point of view. They hurtle ominously towards Paul. This is a quick but quintessential moment in After Hours, a film that has the feel of a nightmare where nothing goes right and trouble can suddenly occur out of nowhere. Although lots of strange things happen to Paul over the course of his night in SoHo (he's hunted by a vigilante mob, nearly has his head shaved, and gets encased in plaster of paris to name just three), the sequences are directed with a certain amount of reality. Viewers are given the sense that the events in this film, however improbable, are possible. Griffin Dunne does a fine job with the tricky role of Paul. His character, after making the decision to go to Marcy's apartment, is almost totally passive. Events happen to him. While it would be easy to dislike such a put-upon character, Dunne makes the viewer sympathize with Paul because he always tries to extricate himself from the situation he is in without harming anyone else. He is desperate to get away from Teri Garr's beehived waitress, but the way he submits to her requests will gain the goodwill of the audience. Desperate to work on any project after Paramount cancelled The Last Temptation of Christ four days before that film was supposed to go before the camera, Scorsese quickly became attached to After Hours. Because Paul is unable to do what he wants and powerless to change his situation, it is tempting to assume that Scorsese felt a strong affinity for his protagonist. Armed with numerous stylistic touches and a noir sensibility, After Hours is a dark comedy that allowed a fine director to exorcise his career frustrations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 085391919209
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,280

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Griffin Dunne Paul Hackett
Rosanna Arquette Marcy
Verna Bloom June
Tommy Chong Pepe
Linda Fiorentino Kiki
Teri Garr Julie
John Heard Tom the bartender
Cheech Marin Neil
Catherine O'Hara Gail
Will Patton Horst
Robert Plunket Mark, Street Pickup
Bronson Pinchot Lloyd
John Codiglia Transit Cop
Mary Colquhoun
Richard Miller Waiter
Rocco Sisto Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block Taxi Driver
Victor Argo Diner Cashier
Murray Moston Token Booth Clerk
Clarke Evans 1st Neighbor
Victor Bumbalo 2nd Neighbor
Bill Elverman Neighbor
Joel Jason 1st Biker
Rand Carr 2nd Biker
Clarence Felder Bouncer
Henry Baker Jett
Margo Winkler Woman with Gun
Vic Magnotta Dead Man
Robin Johnson Punk Girl
Stephen J. Lim Club Berlin Bartender
Frank Aquilino Angry Mob Member
Maree Catalano Angry Mob Member
Paula Raflo Angry Mob Member
Martin Scorsese Club Berlin Searchlight Operator
Charles Scorsese
Rockets Redglare Angry Mob Member
Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Griffin Dunne Producer
Stephen Lineweaver Art Director
Joseph Minion Screenwriter
Michael Nozik Production Manager
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Amy Robinson Producer
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah Schindler Associate Producer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Jeffrey Townsend Production Designer
Valli Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- After Hours
1. Credits [1:10]
2. Marcy and Miller [4:51]
3. Rendezvous Plan [2:38]
4. Out the Window [2:07]
5. Sculpting With Kiki [3:08]
6. Relaxing Massage [3:05]
7. Mercurial Marcy [4:23]
8. True Confessions [4:07]
9. Different Rules Apply [3:34]
10. His Paperweight Need [3:49]
11. Too Much for a Token [1:46]
12. Slow Night at the Terminal Bar [6:07]
13. Burglary Suspects [2:18]
14. The Undisciplined and the Dead [:52]
15. "Like the Monkees?" [4:59]
16. Jittery Julie [2:57]
17. Terminal News [3:20]
18. The Perfect Gift [:44]
19. Stop, Thief [2:24]
20. Mohawk Night [1:01]
21. Gail's Numbing Numbers [1:22]
22. "You're Dead, Pal" [2:57]
23. Recap Rant [3:03]
24. Desperation in the Diner [6:02]
25. Is That All There Is? [2:12]
26. Getting Plastered [4:19]
27. "Art is Forever" [2:45]
28. End Credits [:14]
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Menu

Side #1 -- After Hours
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Martin Scorsese, Griffin Dunne, Producer Amy Robinson, Editor Thelma Schoomaker and Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus
         Play With Commentary
      Filming for Your Life
      Deleted Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    UNDER APPRECIATED SCORSESE CLASSIC

    Like KING OF COMEDY, this is an under appreciated comedy classic from the master of gangster epics. This is a thinker comedy and naturally it has all the Marty hallmarks: Off beat NYC locales, great music, insider references that you get or you don't. Bobby D should have made a cameo. A keeper!!!

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