After Dark, My Sweet (1990)



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A one-time boxer turned drifter is sucked into a kidnapping plot, thanks to his involvement with a sultry but troubled widow. The scheme goes horribly awry, and the drifter and his cohorts are forced to resort to desperate measures in this existential film noir based on a Jim Thompson novel.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Redlin, James Foley
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On DVD: Mar 26, 2002
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as Doc Goldman

as Charlie

as Counterman

as Truck Driver

as Flashback Fighter

as Boxing Referee

as Truck Driver

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Critic Reviews for After Dark, My Sweet

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

A brisk, entertaining contemporary melodrama.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
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
Rolling Stone
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Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | August 24, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Eric S

Super Reviewer

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

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


good desert noir with jason patric as a punchy ex-fighter who's not quite as dumb as he looks

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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