After Hours Scorsese

Directed By: Martin Scorsese Starring: Griffin Dunne

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on 4/12/2013

Uptown east side guy finds himself in an entirely new world, even though it's on the same island of Manhattan. This is not a new theme but I doubt if I have ever seen it carried out as far as Scorsese's AFTER HOURS. Griffin Dunne is perfect as the Everyman from a safe neighborhood who, on the hunt for a date (Roseanne Arquette in a very eerie role), finds himself in the artsy/clubby/s&m world of soho & the West Village.

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40245463
UPC 085391919209
UPC 14 00085391919209
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Rating NR
Big City
Black Comedy
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A surrealistic black comedy that plays on the paranoia and dread of everyday life in the Big Apple, Martin Scorsese's AFTER HOURS captures what is easily the worst night of one man's life. Computer programmer Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) makes a casual date with Marcy (Rosanna Arquette), a woman he meets in a coffee shop, unaware that it's about to unleash a nightmarish odyssey through the bowels of lower Manhattan. Upon arriving at Marcy's spacious Soho loft, Paul meets her unnerving artist roommate, Kiki (Linda Fiorentino), and the night takes a turn for the worse. Sensing the bad vibes that lie ahead, he immediately decides to return to his home on the Upper East Side. Unfortunately, this isn't such an easy task. In a seemingly endless series of strange and dangerous encounters, Paul begins to fear that he might never make it home again. Working from a clever script by Joseph Minion, Scorsese's film is both hysterical and frightening in its depiction of an insane, neurotic New York City. As the unfortunate hero, Dunne delivers his lines with a baffled incredulousness that also works as a voice for the sympathetic audience, who doesn't know whether to laugh or cringe when things really begin to heat up.
Plot Summary
Summary Take an eventful one-night trip through the bizarre underworld of New York City as a regular guy (Griffin Dunne) is unwittingly thrust into a series of comic misadventures when he loses his cab fare late at night in Manhattan's Soho district. Joseph Minion's tightly constructed script, combined with Martin Scorsese's stylish direction, makes AFTER HOURS a highly entertaining ride that takes the "this night couldn't get any worse" concept to an entirely new level.
New York Times "...An entertaining tease, with individually arresting sequences that are well acted....Ballhaus's camera takes on an aggressive, willful personality of its own..." 09/13/1985 p.C6
Variety "...A must for serious-minded filmgoers....Uniformly vibrant and interesting [actors]..." 09/11/1985
Los Angeles Times "...Sweetly ominous....AFTER HOURS is dazzling movie making....The film is beautifully cast..." 09/27/1985 p.C1
USA Today "Shot speedily at night in guerrilla filmmaking style....[A] wicked black comedy..." 08/27/2004 p.4E
Sight and Sound "[T]he closest thing to an Alberto Sordi comedy in recent American cinema..." 10/01/2004 p.75
Martin Scorsese
Griffin Dunne
Cast & Crew
Amy Robinson - Producer
Deborah Schindler - Associate Producer
Griffen Dunne - Producer
Griffin Dunne - Actor
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Jeffrey Townsend - Production Designer
John Heard - Actor
Joseph Minion - Writer
Martin Scorsese - Director
Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography
Robert F. Colesberry - Producer
Rosanna Arquette - Actor
Teri Garr - Actor
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Tommy Chong - Actor
Verna Bloom - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1985
Catalog ID 19119
UPC 00085391919209
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 97 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1
Golden Globe (1986) Griffen Dunne, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
Cannes Film Festival (1986) Martin Scorsese, Winner, Best Director
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...a brilliant film, one of the year's best. It is also a most curious film... a film that is so ori
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Dunne,Griffin
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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