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After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

Cast: A.J. Nay, A.J. Nay, Jason Patric, more...
Director: James Foley, James Foley
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Studio: Geneon
Genre: Neo Noir, Crime, Neo Noir
Running Time: 114 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

Adapted from a novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet evokes memories of the film noirs of yore. Jason Patric plays Collie, a short-fused ex-boxer who gets mixed up with alcoholic widow Fay (Rachel Ward) and burned-out former lawman Uncle Bud (Bruce Dern). These two lowlifes involve Collie in a kidnapping scheme. At first willing to go along with the plan, Collie tires of Fay's drunken mood swings and seeks out new companionship. Doctor George Dickinson proves all too eager to be friends with Collie -- more than friends, in fact. Driven back into Fay's arms, Collie agrees to aid in the kidnapping. But when the victim turns out to be diabetic, things go from bad to worse. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Patric is Fantastic, but plot is lame by cloud October 30, 2002 - 11:22 PM PST
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
The cast does a really impressive job. Jason Patric who's always seemed OK but unremarkable to me in other roles (though I like his comedic turn in 'Your friends and neighbors') pulls a really arresting performance as a drifter who may not be what he seems. His opening scene in Bert's bar is a little treat, and he works his character through subtle touches. His gait is part prize fighter, part mental institution inmate, and that summarizes his past pretty well. James Foley makes the most of it, and you see more long shots of Patric entering rooms than is customary, letting you take in the character's body language. Rachel Ward and Bruce Dern also do a great job and they are also appropriately hard to read, and manage to create interesting types without falling into cliches (which I guess is why they are hard to read). That makes them feel very real, which makes the atmosphere all the more creepy. Unfortunately the movie, for all its fine acting, location shots, cool atmosphere, and interesting photography, suffers in my opinion from a rather flat plot which seems like it's going to take off but never does. Everyone's giving their best but the story is not good enough to bring the movie together, which is too bad. As with many movies inspired by books ("The Postman Always Rings Twice"), we are never told what the title refers to.

After Dark by johelinedvd February 26, 2002 - 2:08 PM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I saw this years ago, but have good memories of it. Mood and atmospheric; makes you sweat (from both the weather and the romance).
Rachel Ward (best known for the Thorn Birdsmini-series) seems just right for the part as is Bruce Dern (whose plays a creep).

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