After Hours (film)

After Hours (Original Title: After Hours) is a film from 1985 by Martin Scorsese.


The programmer Paul Hackett ( Griffin Dunne ) meets in a café Marcy Franklin ( Rosanna Arquette ). They talk about their common interest in Henry Miller. Marcy tells Paul that she then wants to visit a friend, the sculptor Kiki Bridges (Linda Fiorentino ), and gives him her phone number. Paul gets there a little later and agreed that same night a visit to the studio of the sculptor. On the way there, in a taxi, Paul's 20 - dollar bill blown by a gust of wind from the window, so that it can no longer pay the taxi. This is the first of a long series of mishaps that turn without Paul's guilt slowly into a nightmare. In the Studio Paul meets the sculptor Kiki and Marcy. Paul and Marcy seem to come increasingly closer, but after Paul Marcy's place in Room Photos of disfiguring burn scars and after a disturbing conversation leaves Paul fled the studio. Paul tries to go home with the subway, but he does not have enough money. Paul walks into a bar, the bar owner, Tom Schorr ( John Heard ), Paul wants to help out with some spare change, but he can not open the cash register because he has forgotten the key to his apartment. Paul and Tom share their apartment keys so Paul can get the cash box key from Tom's apartment. Through various entanglements Paul comes back to Kiki's studio, where he discovers that Marcy has committed suicide. It later turns out that Marcy was Toms girlfriend. By further entanglements Paul is haunted by a vigilante who considers him for a burglar. On the run Paul gets into the nightclub Club Berlin. There, Paul meets June ( Verna Bloom), who is also a sculptor. To help him, Paul June Plaster t a - the sculpture of Paul inside resembles the image of The Scream by Edvard Munch. Finally, the sculpture is stolen by burglars and taken away in a van. During the trip, the sculpture falls out of the car on the road and breaks. Paul freed from the plaster rubble and is found while the sun rises exactly at the entrance of the office building back to where he works. He knocks off the dust and goes to work.


The film was based on a screenplay by Joseph Minion. The first title Lies referred to a monologue of the same radio host Joe Frank in 1982, the Minion History " inspired". Scorsese and the producers was offered the screenplay under the title Surrender Dorothy.

Joe Frank later sued the producers because the plot and dialogue, the screenplay, especially in the first 30 minutes, to a considerable extent represented a plagiarism of his Lies monologue. Frank was not in the credits, but reportedly received a payment of an unknown amount.


" In the guise of a light-footed comedy is a nightmarish journey through the urban subculture in which comedy and menace, redemption and fear in a virtuoso staging hold the balance revealed."


  • International Film Festival of Cannes 1986 Director's Award for Martin Scorsese