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After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

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67

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Adapted from a novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet evokes memories of the film noirs of yore. Jason Patric plays Collie, a short-fused ex-boxer who gets mixed up with alcoholic widow Fay (Rachel Ward) and burned-out former lawman Uncle Bud (Bruce Dern). These two lowlifes involve Collie in a kidnapping scheme. At first willing to go along with the plan, Collie tires of Fay's drunken mood swings and seeks out new companionship. Doctor George Dickinson proves all too eager to

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Mar 26, 2002

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A brisk, entertaining contemporary melodrama.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film is a hot-wired crime thriller that captures [Jim] Thompson's flair for hard action, malicious wit and fevered eroticism.

May 12, 2001
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Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If anything, though, Foley makes Thompson's killing universe too inviting, too sunny and comfortable. He's missed the essence of Thompson, but all in all, there are worse ways of failing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot
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After the compromised result of the noirish At Close Range, Foley shows imporovement in giving Jim Thompson's 1955 tale the right tone and visuals, though he should have cast the femme fatale with a better actress than Rachel Ward.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Tour-de-force performances all-round

June 11, 2005
Moviehole

This is the real thing from start to finish.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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If you actually force yourself to sit all the way through After Dark, My Sweet, it'll almost certainly leave you feeling punch-drunk.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for After Dark, My Sweet

Yet again, here I go reviewing a film from a while back('90). However, I just saw this again and had t give it a mention.
Jason Patric is truly one of the better actors around but we rarely see him. In this one, he plays an ex-boxer who suffers from closed-head injury symptoms from blows to the head which can be seen by how he mumbles around due to his balance being affected. He gets mixed up with an alcoholic widow played by Rachel Ward and a burned out former lawman portrayed by another great actor by the name of Bruce Dern. These two lowlifes pull a reluctant Collie(Patric) into a kidnapping scheme in which the kid turns out to be diabetic making things all the more chaotic.
July 5, 2014
yona71

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Dull and extremely drawn out, Jason Patric was the only good thing about this film as a hardened mysterious character - definitely not a recommendation.
November 6, 2010
76Majikat

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good desert noir with jason patric as a punchy ex-fighter who's not quite as dumb as he looks
September 18, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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Nice bit of modern Film Noir.
July 2, 2008
threefolddado

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    1. Kevin 'kid' Collins: Funny how sometimes things that aren't true are more true than the truth.
    – Submitted by Frances H (6 months ago)
    1. Jack: I wondered why she was acting so friendly all of a sudden. She was nice to you one minute, needling you the next. Seemed to depend on how much wine she had in her.
    – Submitted by Frances H (6 months ago)
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