• After Hours (1985)

After Hours

Release Date: September 13th, 1985

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2004

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

In a Manhattan cafe, word processor Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) meets and talks literature with Marcy (Rosanna Arquette). Later that night, Paul takes a cab to Marcy's downtown apartment. His $20 bill flying out the window during the ride portends the unexpected night he has. He cannot pay for the ride and finds himself in a series of awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with a colorful cast of characters. He spends the rest of the night trying to return uptown.

Cast: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong, Linda Fiorentino, John Heard, Cheech Marin

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: The Geffen Company

Keywords: Quest, Dark, Amusing, Escape, New York City, 1980s, Bar

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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, the same feeling that the events in the film create in the hero. Interesting. show more

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    A wickedly funny black comedy that follows the increasingly bizarre series of events that befall hapless word-processer Griffin Dunne after he ventures out of his apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and goes downtown in search of carnal pleasures. show more

  • 100
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    This unpredictable and hilarious paranoid fantasy is a contemporary, urban "Wizard of Oz," peopled by punk artists and Yuppie vigilantes instead of wicked witches and Munchkins. [5 Sep 1985, p.1]

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy