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This well-regarded cult film is a tense Kafka-esque tale concerning what happens to a likable computer guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time in the city that never sleeps--New York. This is a New York infested with bizarre characters vividly bro
This well-regarded cult film is a tense Kafka-esque tale concerning what happens to a likable computer guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time in the city that never sleeps--New York. This is a New York infested with bizarre characters vividly brought to life by a once-in-a-lifetime cast. Griffin Dunne's wonderfully controlled comic performance as Paul Hackett is the glue that holds this increasingly surreal film together. Scorsese utilizes a full array of independent and underground film techniques, including special film speed manipulations, angles, and edits, deftly capturing the strange rhythms of an after-hours New York City. Many will find the jokes clever, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. Some, however, will find the film an excruciating series of staged circumstances setting up a sadistically cruel dark nightmare of horrors. And there are a few lines of dialogue so poorly written they remind you how unbelievable the thin story really is. But forgive the film these few lapses--overall it's a wild, surreal ride. The most offbeat character is the beehive-sporting, Monkee-obsessed neurotic played to perfection by Teri Garr. And the moment when Griffin Dunne uses his last quarter to play Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" and dances with Verna Bloom while an angry mob searches SoHo for him is an inspired bit of lunacy. --Christopher J. Jarmick --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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5 stars to Amazon, and maybe I'll get around to watching "After Hours" some day.
It is brimming over with memorable situations and lines that are not funny standing alone, yet are hilarious in the situation of the movie. It's one of those movies you end up grinning through mostly and find yourself in a full belly laugh the rest of the time.
I always thought it a shame that Griffin Dunne was never really recognized by the studios or the public. He possesses those subtle facial expressions of fear, frustration and dismay that make him incredibly likable. Maybe he's too much like us and the general public needs guys who are tougher, better looking, or more knd than we are. Griffin Dunne never is in movies. He's real. Scorsese scores a quiet masterpiece.
As I was finishing this at my desk at school, a kid from one of my classes walked in and asked me for the school's phone number. I gave her only 6 digits.
The result is a hilarious black comedy with great performances, including a cameo by Cheech and Chong. Scorsese' pacing is breathtaking and right on the money. One of my favorite moments is when a large group of would-be vigilantes try to chase down Griffin Dunne, and their "armored vehicle" is an ice cream truck. There is too much going on here to describe in one review. Just give this one viewing, and you'll be glad you stayed up late to watch.
makes me somewhat home- and timesick for Soho and the Village in the late 80s. Griffin Dunne is absolutely perfect as the hapless everyguy, and I love the supporting cast, esp. Teri Garr, Linda Fiorentino and Catherine O'Hara (who is great in everything she's in, so long as she plays annoying people; esp. 'Best in Show.') There is a sick poetic justice to 'After Hours,' and is the darkest of black comedies I've seen yet. It's not one of Scorsese's better known movies, and along with 'The King of Comedy,' it is the only comedy I've known Scorsese to have directed. But, it is a small gem and you can tell a New Yorker made it. Only a New Yorker can understand the horror of being stalked by a vigilante mob, spearheaded by a Mr. Softee ice cream truck!!!! The pace of the movie is rapid-fire, too. Sort of like the cadence of Scorsese's voice when he's excited (which is all the time). I remember when it came out, it did not do boffo box office because, as one friend told me, "It's too depressing and negative for a comedy!" I think he missed the point.
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This is agreat movie by Griffen Dunne, who is Dominick Dunne's son. Brilliant movie, fast paced dark comedy foll of surprises! Love it.Published 20 months ago by Moira Lauren
scorsese continues to expose the underside of subcultures most of us never see. this time it's the nocturnal bohemian world of 80's soho. Read morePublished on March 9 2005
I very much liked this movie for it was a wickedly, fast-paced, unpredictable, black comedy/thriller which was directed by Martin Scorsese. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Matthew Patay
I was 17 when I saw this and it stayed with me for many years. Its a phobic nightmare of a story that makes you squirm with delight watching the main character nearly pay with his... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by watchdog
AFTER HOURS is one of those rare comic gems that actually gets funnier as it grows older. While one could argue that 'after hours' New York City is truly the centerpiece to this... Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by Edward L Zimmerman
Every once in a great while someone will make a film that is so original, so bizarre, yet we can strangely relate to that we tag them "One of a Kind" films. Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by RDtoo
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