×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

After Hours

The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn't play like a confirmation of everyone's worst fears about contemporary urban life.

With:
Griffin Dunne Rosanna Arquette Verna Bloom Thomas Chong Linda Fiorentino Teri Garr

The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life.

A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York computer programmer, film is structured like a ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ through the anarchic, ever-treachous streets of SoHo. Every corner represents a turn for the worse, and by the end of the night, he’s got to wonder, like Kafka’s K, if he might not actually be guilty of something.

It all starts innocently enough, as Griffin Dunne gets a come-on from Rosanna Arquette and ends up visiting her in the loft of avant-garde sculptress Linda Fiorentino. Both girls turn out to be too weird for Dunne, but he can’t get home for lack of cash, so he veers from one stranger to another in search of the most mundane salvation and finds nothing but trouble.

This was Scorsese’s first fictional film in a decade without Robert De Niro in the leading part, and Dunne, who doubled as co-producer, plays a mostly reactive role, permitting easy identification of oneself in his place. Supporting roles are filled by uniformly vibrant and interesting thesps.

After Hours

Production: Geffen/Double Play. Director Martin Scorsese; Producer Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Robert F. Colesberry; Writer Joseph Minion; Camera Michael Ballhaus Editor Thelma Schoonmaker; Music Howard Shore Art Jeffrey Townsend

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Griffin Dunne Rosanna Arquette Verna Bloom Thomas Chong Linda Fiorentino Teri Garr

More Film

  • ‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival

    ‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes  

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

  • Los Reyes

    IDFA Film Review: 'Los Reyes'

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

  • ‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ and Politics Dominate at

    ‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

  • Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, 'Bethany Hamilton' Take

    Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, 'Bethany Hamilton' Take Hawaii Festival Prizes

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

  • Oscars: Is 'Vice' Star Christian Bale

    Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay's Sobering 'Vice'

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

  • PETERLOO

    'Peterloo' DP Dick Pope on the Making of a Massacre

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

  • Alfonso Cuaron Roma Variety Cover Story

    Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’

    The cinema of paranoia and persecution reaches an apogee in After Hours, a nightmarish black comedy from Martin Scorsese. Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn’t play like a confirmation of everyone’s worst fears about contemporary urban life. A description of one rough night in the life of a mild-mannered New York […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content