An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Release Year: 1985
Rating: 7.6/10 (21,018 voted)
Critic's Score: 90/100
Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom
A meek word processor impulsively travels to Manhattan's Soho District to date an attractive but apparently disturbed young woman and finds himself trapped there in a nightmarishly surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances.
(as Thomas Chong)
Thomas 'Tom' Schorr
Diner Waiter (Pete)
Coffee Shop Cashier
What if that date you thought would never end, didn't?
Release Date: 11 October 1985
Filming Locations: 128 Spring Street, Soho, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $45,435
(13 September 1985)
Did You Know?
Tim Burton was the second choice for director after the producers saw
Vincent. When Martin Scorsese became available after production delays on
The Last Temptation of Christ, Burton, according to Griffin Dunne, gracefully bowed out of the project, saying he didn't want to stand in the way of Scorsese.
The sound of a mousetrap snapping shut in Julie's apartment is clearly that of an empty one with the sharp sound of the metal trap bar loudly making contact with bare wood. The sound of one snapping down on an actual mouse would make more of a dull thump rather than a loud clack.
[Paul and Lloyd in front of a computer terminal]
Alright, punch. Punch it in.
Okay, let's, first of all, refresh the screen here. Alright, and go into "format ruler".
[Lloyd punches at the keyboard]
All right. Now, file?
[presses a key]
Scorcese's most underrated.
Out of all the Scorsese films – I would have to admit this ranks in the
top five. After Hours draws you into it's dark and surreal world with
fantastical wonder. The characters are all interesting, the acting
superb – especially Griffin Dunne – and the pacing is great.
It was made in 1985, and I can already see the techniques Scorsese used
in Goodfellas – and the quick editing. It is directed and edited really
well. So if you were a fan of Scorsese's frantic camera work in
Goodfellas and Casino, this film is for you.
It really does put you on edge – as a viewer, you really want Dunne's
character to get back home – but everything possible that could happen
to him – happens. This is not just a evocation of soHo in the early
80's – it is a deeply black comedy. All the rules go out the window for
Dunne's character, because after all it is after hours.
Scorsese really is the best living director at the moment – so do
yourself a favour and watch this movie – it's fantastic.