After Hours

1985, Comedy, 1h 37m

57 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Bursting with frantic energy and tinged with black humor, After Hours is a masterful -- and often overlooked -- detour in Martin Scorsese's filmography. Read critic reviews

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In a Manhattan cafe, word processor Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) meets and talks literature with Marcy (Rosanna Arquette). Later that night, Paul takes a cab to Marcy's downtown apartment. His $20 bill flying out the window during the ride portends the unexpected night he has. He cannot pay for the ride and finds himself in a series of awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with a colorful cast of characters. He spends the rest of the night trying to return uptown.

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  • Jan 23, 2021
    I love how ‘After Hours' extracts maximum humor, turmoil, sexual tension, lunacy, dread, and frustration from the immediacy of its SoHo-in-'85 setting. I love how blatantly and often characters stop listening to one another as they speak. I love Griffin Dunne's performance. I love how much of this film now doubles as a time capsule. I love the constant absurdity that never verges on cartoonishness. I love the first full shot of Captain cab driver's face. I love the maddening notion of Paul spending his entire evening at the mercy of everyone's negligence. I love Scorsese's adrenaline-shot camerawork. I love how the night's escapades feel like they exist in a hypnagogic state. I love directional ‘Dead Person' signs. Watching this at 3am was the right move.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    I know it is considered something of an outlier in Scorsese's oeuvre, but I've always found its depiction of New York as pure undefinable madness completely in sync with the likes of "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy". Dunne's performance is probably the film's most underrated element as I don't think many other actors could really capture the character's pathetic desperation.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2012
    Weird, dark, full of energy, Scorsese unlike what we're used to see him do. In other words, very interesting.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2011
    Martin Scorsese's After Hours, it's a surreal and great black comedy, with a very good screenplay and actings. A film showing, that even in the most forgotten movie, Scorsese always is terrific.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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