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After Hours

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Cannes Best Director 1986 Martin Scorsese American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19119

  • Credits
    Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong, Thomas Chong, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard, Cheech Marin, Richard Marin, Richard "Cheech" Marin, Catherine O'Hara, Dick Miller, Bronson Pinchot
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An entertaining tease, with individually arresting sequences that are well acted....Ballhaus's camera takes on an aggressive, willful personality of its own..."
    New York Times

    "...A must for serious-minded filmgoers....Uniformly vibrant and interesting [actors]..."
    Variety

    "...Sweetly ominous....AFTER HOURS is dazzling movie making....The film is beautifully cast..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Shot speedily at night in guerrilla filmmaking style....[A] wicked black comedy..."
    USA Today

    "[T]he closest thing to an Alberto Sordi comedy in recent American cinema..."
    Sight and Sound

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