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After Hours

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After Hours

Friday the 2nd of February
Pot luck supper @ 7pm, Movie @ 8pm

Different rules apply when it gets this late, you know what I mean? It's like...after hours.
--Dick Miller as Pete in After Hours


USA: 1985 -- Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Joseph Minion
Starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong

Rough night, Paul?
--Teri Garr as Julie

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

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a spare $20.


At the Cannes Film Festival, won Best Director for Martin Scorsese and nominated for Golden Palm

Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Griffin Dunne)

Won Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Female Lead (Rosanna Arquette) and Best Screenplay

More awards

Memorable Quotes

Street Pickup: Why don't you just go home?
Paul Hackett: Pal, I've been asking myself that all night.

Paul Hackett: What do you want from me? I'm just a word processor!

My husband was a movie freak. Actually, he was particularly obsessed with one movie, "The Wizard of Oz." He talked about it constantly. I thought it was cute at first. On our wedding night, I was a virgin. When we made love, whenever he - you know, when he came... he would scream out, "Surrender Dorothy!" That's all! Just "Surrender Dorothy!"

Pepe: Art sure is ugly.
Neil: Shows how much you know about art. The uglier the art, the more it's worth.
Pepe: This must be worth a fortune, man.

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Director Cameo: Martin Scorsese shining a spotlight from a platform in the club.

The scene with Griffin Dunne at the subway station is a reference to his earlier appearance in An American Werewolf in London.

Martin Scorsese told Griffin Dunne to refrain from sex and sleep during filming in order to get a more realistic feeling of paranoia.

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Continuity: When Paul is talking to Julie outside the closed bar and Neil and Pepe drive by, it can be seen that Neil is driving and Pepe is in the passenger's seat. But then it's suddenly Pepe driving and Neil telling him to speed up.

June addresses Paul by his name twice, although he never tells her his name.

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