After Hours

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Released 1985

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Director:
Martin Scorsese
Released:
1985
Rating:
R

After Hours is a 1985 pitch-black, absurdist comedy about one crazy night in New York City. Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) is a bored office worker sitting in a diner when he strikes up a conversation with a pretty young woman, Marcy (Patricia Arquette). She gives him her number, and when he calls later, she invites him over to her place. On the cab ride there the $20 bill he places in the ashtray flies out the window. When the taxi stops at Marcy's place, Paul explains to the driver that the money that blew out of the window was all he had, so the cabdriver speeds off. Regaining his composure, Paul makes it up to Marcy's apartment, a Soho loft she shares with an artist friend, Kiki (Linda Fiorentino). Eventually Paul and Marcy get separated, and Paul ends up stuck in a surreal Soho nightmare with each new situation getting worse. With no money, Paul can't escape. How is he going to get out of this place? After Hours is directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Joseph Minion.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    After Hours is a brilliant film that is so original, so particular, that we are uncertain from moment to moment exactly how to respond to it. The style of the film creates, in us, ...

  • 80

    Variety

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it ...

  • 60

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    After Hours is not, ultimately, a satisfying film, but it's often vigorously unsettling.

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    Dark Comedy