After Hours

Die Zeit nach Mitternacht
A data entry worker goes to a café after work, where he is chatted up by a young woman, whom he later visits in her downtown loft. She lives in bohemian SoHo, where the dapper uptowner soon experiences the worst night of his life. Not only does one misadventure follow the next, he also has a series of confusing or unpleasant encounters with aggressive or agitated denizens of the night, and ends up being chased through the streets by an angry mob… One might be forgiven for thinking that Franz Kafka and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” were kibitzing on Martin Scorsese’s black comedy. With the surreal logic of a nightmare, one bizarre encounter follows another during this nighttime odyssey through Manhattan’s downtown subculture. After Hours was the first, but not the last time Scorsese worked with cinematographer Michael Ballhaus; the film garnered best director in Cannes. Nevertheless, this audacious “screwball noir” is difficult to situate within Scorsese’s oeuvre.
The restoration was based on the original camera negative and a 35 mm print held privately by Martin Scorsese, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker joined the director in overseeing the colour correction.
by Martin Scorsese
with Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Thomas Chong, Linda Fiorentino
USA 1985 English 97' Colour World premiere of the digitally restored version | Rating R12


  • Griffin Dunne
  • Rosanna Arquette
  • Verna Bloom
  • Thomas Chong
  • Linda Fiorentino
  • Teri Garr
  • John Heard
  • Cheech Marin


DirectorMartin Scorsese
ScreenplayJoseph Minion
CinematographyMichael Ballhaus
EditingThelma Schoonmaker
MusicHoward Shore
SoundThomas Drescher
Production DesignJeffrey Townsend
Art DirectorStephen J. Lineweaver
CostumesRita Ryack
Make-UpValli O’Reilly
CastingMary Colquhoun
ProducersAmy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Robert F. Colesberry

World Sales

Park Circus Limited, Glasgow

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Additional information

DCP: Warner Bros. Discovery, Hamburg


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