The Morning After (1986)
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as Alex Sternbergen
as Turner Kendall
as Joaquin Manero
as Isabel Harding
as Sgt. Greenbaum
as Bobby Korshack
as Body Builder
as Airline Clerk
as Airline Supervisor
as Mr. Harding
as Mrs. Harding
as Woman on Mateo Street
as Salon Customer
as Miss Olympia
Critic Reviews for The Morning After
The thriller is always looking for something that is missing and never finds it.
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.
alternately insults you and makes no sense at all
The film is lifted by an emotionally affecting performance by Jane Fonda.
-or- I Woke Up Next to a Corpse!
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.
A good thriller from Lumet, a great director, and it has a great cast too. I really liked this movie.
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.
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