After Hours


Joe Minion's script, first called "Lies" and later "A Night in SoHo", was originally turned in for an 'A' grade in a Columbia University film class!

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This tale from Director Martin Scorsese, is a night in the life of Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne).

One evening, in a coffee shop, he makes conversation over the book 'Tropic of Cancer' with the unusual but attractive Marcy (Rosanna Arquette). He gets her telephone number. He calls her, and ventures out in New York in his white suit to visit her - after hours.

This is the start of the nightmare series of frustrating mishaps that prevent him from returning home...

In the young woman's apartment he meets Kiki (Linda Fiorentino) who makes cream-cheese bagel paperweight sculptures and talks in a veiled way about being burned. Later, Paul fails in getting close to Marcy, probably after she tells him about her former lover who was so obsessed by "The Wizard of Oz" that he always shouted 'Surrender Dorothy' when making love.

As the night progresses, Paul meets a local Bartender (John Heard) who drags him unwittingly into being chased by a street mob that thinks he is a thief.

Thanks to the escalating subway fares, the suicide of Marcy, the lonely waitress Julie (Teri Garr) and the gangs of people searching the streets for him, we begin to form a tenuous but pertinent connection between all of the dark and mysterious events.

Will the poor guy ever get home?


I've always found that I am uncertain quite how to respond to many of the scenes, anyone got any advice? As someone who gets very engaged by Urban movies, I find After Hours to be another New York Scorsese masterpiece. The best of the Urban nightmare movies. Surreal, frustrating and hilarious.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Great writing, Great direction. Exhauting series of mishaps Bizarre abstract scenes. Great!

Weaknesses? Nothing!

Our rating: 9.3 out of 10

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After Hours