Overwrought and implausible, The Morning After is a dramatic situation in search of a thriller plot. Jane Fonda stars as a boozy, washed-up actress who wakes up one morning next to a man with a dagger in his heart, and her efforts to cope with the dilemma are neither terribly suspenseful nor entertaining.

Overwrought and implausible, The Morning After is a dramatic situation in search of a thriller plot. Jane Fonda stars as a boozy, washed-up actress who wakes up one morning next to a man with a dagger in his heart, and her efforts to cope with the dilemma are neither terribly suspenseful nor entertaining.

She removes any trace that she was ever present at the fellow’s place, doesn’t call the cops and heads for the airport, where she hooks up with friendly redneck Jeff Bridges, who gradually insinuates himself into her life.

Along the way, Fonda battles the bottle, succumbs to Bridges’ charms and is forced into a divorce by estranged hubby but good chum Raul Julia, an outrageously successful Beverly Hills hairdresser who now wants to marry a Bel-Air heiress.

While attempting to build up tension, Fonda and director Sidney Lumet more often succeed in creating hysteria.

1986: Nomination: Best Actress (Jane Fonda)

The Morning After

Production

Lorimar/American Filmworks. Director Sidney Lumet; Producer Bruce Gilbert; Screenplay James Hicks; Camera Andrzej Bartkowiak; Editor Joel Goodman; Music Paul Chihara; Art Director Albert Brenner

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Jane Fonda Jeff Bridges Raul Julia Diane Salinger Richard Foronjy
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