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The Morning After (1986)

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In this excellent thriller, crisply directed by Sidney Lumet, Alex Sternbergen (Jane Fonda), a washed-up, alcoholic actress who never quite made it, wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar, luxurious loft apartment, only to find the corpse of a stranger next to her in bed. Alex can remember nothing of the night before. In a panic, she tries to flee but is unable to get a flight out of Los Angeles, and short of cash, she hitches a ride with Turner Kendall (Jeff Bridges), a disabled former policeman

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Aug 30, 2005

Lorimar Home Video

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The thriller is always looking for something that is missing and never finds it.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As an alcoholic ex-actress, Jane Fonda gives a brilliant, Oscar-nominated peformance in Lumet's routine thriller set (for a change) in L.A.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sidney Lumet directs wearily; as a thriller, it's full of holes.

June 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

alternately insults you and makes no sense at all

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The film is lifted by an emotionally affecting performance by Jane Fonda.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

-or- I Woke Up Next to a Corpse!

July 27, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Morning After

Even a great filmmaker is not infalible, not when he has to work with a poor screenplay. The tone rambles, never decides if it is a comedy, a soap opera or a thriller. Performances by Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and the underused Raul Julia do some good to this ridiculous and predictible mess.
September 21, 2011
pier007

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A good thriller from Lumet, a great director, and it has a great cast too. I really liked this movie.
January 24, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Jane Fonda gives an incredibly nuanced performance as a spiraling down drunkard, she researched the tragic 40's star Gail Russell who drank herself to death at 36 to fully understand her characters plight of a once promising actress reduced to blackouts and infamy. Jeff Bridges is almost as strong as a stranger trying to help her out of a situation she can't even remember. The rest of the cast gives good support starting with Raul Julia on down to a pre-stardom Kathy Bates in a tiny role, the problem is that the script that all this superior work is working with is ill conceived and not terribly well directed by the usually excellent Lumet.
January 8, 2011
jjnxn
jay nixon

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If you like murder mysteries with powerhouse acting and directing, this is the movie to see. While the story is interesting and unique, it's the characters that make you stick around. Sidney Lumet makes this such an above average movie in that it doesn't feel like a typical thriller or drama or romance, it's sort've a nice blend between all three. There's no gimmicks or cheap scare tactics, which is really nice. Jane Fonda is just so convincing as a raging drunkard, but of course she has such a lovable side to her. Jeff Bridges does what he does best, being charming and smiling a lot. While this isn't a game changer or anything, it's just a really solid and worthwhile movie.
August 31, 2010
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