The Morning After

1986, Mystery & thriller, 1h 42m

19 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Failed actress Alex Sternbergen (Jane Fonda) wakes up hungover one morning in an apartment she does not recognize, unable to remember the previous evening -- and with a dead body in bed next to her. As she tries to piece together the events of the night, Alex cannot totally rely on friends or her estranged husband, Joaquin (Raul Julia), for assistance. Only a single ally, loner ex-policeman Turner Kendall (Jeff Bridges), can help her escape her predicament and find the true killer.

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  • Feb 18, 2021
    The screenplay slowly squanders its intriguing premise, which is a real shame as Fonda is clearly giving this her all.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2014
    The trio of Fonda, Bridges and Lumet couldn't make this one into a masterpiece..simply an entertaining suspense movie which is a tad disappointing. The plot line perhaps needed to be tightened into something within the realm of the believable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2010
    A smart and suspenseful neo-noir well-directed by Sidney Lumet, with a sensationally dynamic Oscar-nominated performance by Jane Fonda, as once promising actress named Alex Stembergen, who wakes up with a fierce hangover with no memory of how she ended up in bed next to a murdered man, with a knife in the middle of his chest. Sternbergen is a spiraling down drunkard who is convinced that she had a blackout and stabbed the deadman. Jeff Bridges delivers a terrific performance that is suitably sturdy as Turner Kendall an ex-cop who takes a interest in Stermbergen, and tries to help her unravel this mystery. The late Raul Julia is memorable as Joaquin Manero, Stermbergen's Hollywood hairdresser devoted ex-husband. The developing relationship between Stembergen and Kendall is beautifully played by Fonda and Bridges, who have real chemistry together, and the plot and the storyline instantly draws us in, and continues to keep us hooked until the surprising ending. Entertaining and compelling. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer

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