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After Hours [VHS] [1985]

Griffin Dunne , Rosanna Arquette , Martin Scorsese    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong, Linda Fiorentino
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Joseph Minion
  • Producers: Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson, Deborah Schindler, Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: PAL, HiFi Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 22 April 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CI1O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This well-regarded cult film is a tense Kafka-esque tale concerning what happens to a likeable 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 (An American Werewolf in London)'s wonderfully controlled comic performance as Paul Hackett is the glue that holds this increasingly surreal film together. Scorsese utilises 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.

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This well-regarded cult film is a tense Kafka-esque tale concerning what happens to a likeable 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 utilises 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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated 2 Nov 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of Martin Scorsese's underrated and underappreciated movies, about Paul, a quiet computer programmer who goes out on a date with a girl he meets in a coffee shop, only for the date to turn into an endless night of lunacy. As he is forced to wander the streets, Paul witnesses the different lives of the residents of New York - a bizarre artist, a neuroic Monkees fan, a couple of thieves, and an irritating ice cream-van owner being a handful of the characters. He is an outsider peering in, much like when he sees a couple making love through a window, and witnesses a murder through another. Paul becomes strangled by the city - everywhere he turns he runs into trouble.
The script is piled up with quirky confrontations, conversations, and bizarre events. The script works well, with all the events interconnecting perfectly. It is also very witty, with numerous lines of dialogue resulting in a smirk, or laughter. Martin Scorsese's direction is brilliant - he sets up the suffocating tension, the comedy, and craziness with perfect stride. This is one of his - or perhaps his - most surreal movies; the first thirty minutes leaving the viewer unsure, yet in perfectly good hands. We're watching a man trapped, a man stuck in a city with a pulse - much like Travis Bickle in 'Taxi Driver'. With it's lesser known status, this will prove to be more of a gem than a classic - as it's a pleasently surprising movie, compelling and highly watchable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of black humour 4 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
This is by far my favourite film. If I'd written the script for it, I'd die happy.

I love the symmetry of its structure. It starts as Paul leaves his tedious job at the end of the day and ends as he fetches up at the office again the morning. We are therefore given two glimpses of Paul's ordinary daily life, but in between the film plunges us into a weird dreamlike hinterland. This involves curious funny/sad encounters that make no sense on a rational level but are perfectly in keeping with the dream world - that might be a reflection of Paul's own subconscious desires as much as the reality of night-time New York - the film so stunningly creates.

It's also perfectly balanced on the divide between humour and the genuinely disturbing. It is a wildly funny film, with almost every scene based on some completely absurd premise. For instance, Paul unties Kiki, thinking that he is rescuing her, only to find that he's just interrupted a bondage session with her Teutonic lover, Horst ('That was rude, Paul. You really should be ashamed of yourself'). But this humour comes out of disturbed and alienated lives, and we're never allowed to forget that. The scene where Marcy tells Paul about her husband's Wizard of Oz fixation ('He just couldn't stop. He just couldn't stop. He just couldn't stop') is hilarious, but there's something about the manic intensity with which she tells the story that is quite unsettling - and this uncomfortable mix of humour and the genuinely disturbing is pursued mercilessly throughout the film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese's Overlooked Gem 29 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
Sandwiched between DeNiro's 'King Of Comedy' and the Newman/Cruise 'Color Of Money', this somewhat overlooked and criminally underrated 1985 Martin Scorsese directed offbeat screwball comedy is a pure gem of a little movie, showing a weirder side of New York than we are usually accustomed to seeing.

Travelling downtown for a vaguely arranged date, a quiet computer programmer loses his taxi fare. This proves to be the first of the night's many increasingly bizarre situations, as our hapless hero strives desperately to get home (alive), coming across more and more neurotic and unhinged New Yorkers over the course of the ultimate bad night out on the town.

Scorsese directs with the polished style that we expect to see in all his films.
The script is tight and witty and the performances are exceptional throughout.

This is an inventive and deliciously dark little comedy from the world's greatest director.

After Hours: When anything can happen... and usually does.

This DVD also contains the following special features:

- Commentary by;
Director Martin Scorsese,
Lead Actor Griffin Dunne,
Producer Amy Robinson,
Editor Thelma Schoonmaker,
and Cinematographer Michael Ballham.

- Featurette;
Filming For Your Life - Making After Hours

- Deleted Scenes

- Theatrical Trailer

A must see film if you're a fan of Scorsese films and haven't yet seen the full works of this director, who's more famous films include 'Mean Streets', 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'Goodfellas', 'Casino', 'Gangs Of New York', 'The Aviator' and 'The Departed'.

A quick look at my watch tells me it's getting late... I'm off out... Downtown!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A weird world 25 Feb 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After midnight we are "after hours" and our protagonist is trpapped in a weird adventure, he tries everething he can to get home safely and to excape a mob who chase him,having mistaken him for a burglar.
A very entertaining picture.
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Published 1 day ago by joseph b harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (and Unique in my Experience)
I saw this on the TV years ago and it stuck in my mind. It is a strange, somewhat surreal story, with both humorous and very sinister aspects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by THUNDERCHIEF
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service
Great service, dvd arrived very quickly. I watched this quirky little film many years ago. Was pleasantly surprised how though it has dated a bit, it really was entertaining and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rob Reigate
5.0 out of 5 stars i finally decided to own a copy
of this great movie i had seen many times yet still entertains me. IMO a movie that has not lost to the ages.
Published 9 months ago by FUMETTO
4.0 out of 5 stars Key 80s film
Every now and then, one of the brain-dead masses really would leave their revolting 80s lives above the earth (we lurked beneath) to walk among us. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bucket
5.0 out of 5 stars Mohawk night!
Have watched this film so many times and it really captures the essence of the night from hell in New York. Love the vibe and especially the Mohawk Night scene in the club. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Suzie Wong
4.0 out of 5 stars Yuppie Nightmare Stuff
I was 21 in 1985 when this movie came out and I vividly remember the impact it had on me. It is a movie about gentrification and the Yuppies (Young Urban Professionals) who moved... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Merlin's Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Griffin Dunne's out all night.
After Taxi Driver this is Scorseses best film. Even though it's a dark comedy it's laugh out loud and could be put on your shelf next to any comedy classic rather than another... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by j.r
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, reliable delivery
One of the great unsung films of Martin Scorsese's career. Surreal, funny and edgy, it captures the spirit of bohemian New York before zero-tollerance policies 'cleaned up the... Read more
Published on 26 April 2011 by John Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Original Black Comedy
This film, for me, is great film making. It stands completely on its brilliant, original story plus great acting from all. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2008 by Fritz
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