1985   USA After Hours
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Director:Martin Scorsese
Studio:Warner Brothers
Writer:Joseph Minion
IMDb Rating:7.6 (19,629 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations
Duration:97 min
Martin Scorsese  ...  (Director)
Joseph Minion  ...  (Writer)
Victor Argo  ...  Diner Cashier
Rosanna Arquette  ...  Marcy Franklin
Larry Block  ...  Taxi Driver
Verna Bloom  ...  June
Tommy Chong  ...  Pepe (as Thomas Chong)
Griffin Dunne  ...  Paul Hackett
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
Murray Moston  ...  Subway Attendant
John P. Codiglia  ...  Transit Cop
Clarke Evans  ...  Neighbor #1
Victor Bumbalo  ...  Neighbor #2
Bill Elverman  ...  Neighbor #3
Joel Jason  ...  Biker #1
Rand Carr  ...  Biker #2
Clarence Felder  ...  Club Berlin Bouncer
Henry Judd Baker  ...  Jett (as Henry Baker)
Margo Winkler  ...  Woman with Gun
Victor Magnotta  ...  Dead Man
Robin Johnson  ...  Punk Girl
Stephen Lim  ...  Club Berlin Bartender (as Stephen J. Lim)
Frank Aquilino  ...  Angry Mob Member
Maree Catalano  ...  Angry Mob Member
Paula Raflo  ...  Angry Mob Member
Rockets Redglare  ...  Angry Mob Member
Howard Shore  ...  composer
Michael Ballhaus  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: This well-regarded cult film is a tense Kafka-esque tale concerning what happens to a likable computer guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time in the city that never sleeps--New York. This is a New York infested with bizarre characters vividly brought to life by a once-in-a-lifetime cast. Griffin Dunne's wonderfully controlled comic performance as Paul Hackett is the glue that holds this increasingly surreal film together. Scorsese utilizes a full array of independent and underground film techniques, including special film speed manipulations, angles, and edits, deftly capturing the strange rhythms of an after-hours New York City. Many will find the jokes clever, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. Some, however, will find the film an excruciating series of staged circumstances setting up a sadistically cruel dark nightmare of horrors. And there are a few lines of dialogue so poorly written they remind you how unbelievable the thin story really is. But forgive the film these few lapses--overall it's a wild, surreal ride. The most offbeat character is the beehive-sporting, Monkee-obsessed neurotic played to perfection by Teri Garr. And the moment when Griffin Dunne uses his last quarter to play Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" and dances with Verna Bloom while an angry mob searches SoHo for him is an inspired bit of lunacy. --Christopher J. Jarmick

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