Martin Scorsese’s After Hours is a dark, tragi-comic tale of a fish out of water, centering on an uptight, white-bread computer consultant from uptown Manhattan who finds himself in the nightmarish and incomprehensible (to him) world of Soho after dark. The ordeal begins when Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) gets lonely and decides to leave the posh East Side and search the Soho streets for some loving from Marcy (Rosanna Arquette), the pretty young woman he met in a downtown cafe. He has her phone number and works up the nerve to call. –amctv
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
It's a coincidence that the first time I watched After Hours was late one night when I couldn't fall asleep. And while this Kafkaesque nightmare ensued before my eyes I could immediately connect to Hackett's quest to get home and get some sleep. Similar to The King of Comedy in it's black comedy uneasiness and made during Scorsese's slump after "Last Temptation" first fell through, this is a underrated gem.
A really underrated Scorsese film in my opinion. It’s got such an interesting and multi-layered plot. The acting was really good and the characters are very believable. It’s such a bizarre story that… read review
Tone tone tone…Scorsese nails it here.
Howard Shore’s score is very fitting for this dark comedy.
The performances are all delightful and you can’t help but feel for Griffin Dunne’s character… read review