After Dark, My Sweet


After Dark, My Sweet

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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.

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Critic Reviews for After Dark, My Sweet

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

  • A brisk, entertaining contemporary melodrama.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • 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
  • Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels.

    Feb 23, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 16, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After Dark, My Sweet

  • Jul 05, 2014
    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
  • Jul 15, 2009
    good desert noir with jason patric as a punchy ex-fighter who's not quite as dumb as he looks
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2008
    Nice bit of modern Film Noir.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2007
    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 Super Reviewer

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