After Dark, My Sweet

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Released 1990

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Director:
James Foley
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
After Dark, My Sweet is a 1990 crime drama, based on the novel by master crime novelist Jim Thompson (The Getaway). Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Speed 2: Cruise Control) plays `Kid' Collins, a retired boxer who spent some spells in mental institutions after killing an opponent in the ring; now he's frozen into a perpetual fighter's crouch. Now on the road, he drifts into a bar frequented by Rachel Ward and her unexplained Cornish accent (still a juicer, she's not quite the slatternly shrew of the book). She takes him home and stashes him in a trailer out back among the date palms. Next, up pops `Uncle' Bud (Bruce Dern), who suborns Patric into a half-baked scheme for kidnapping a rich kid. As happens with such schemes, things go awry (the kid turns out to be a diabetic, for one thing), and it falls to Patric to put matters right by a supreme act of self-sacrifice.

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    Crime, Love & Romance