The Morning After

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Sometime promising actress turned lush Fonda wakes up to find, in her bed, a dead man with a knife through his heart. She panics and tries to flee the state, but thwarted by airport bureaucracy, ends up taking her chances with redneck ex-cop Bridges. Focusing on the central character's struggle towards a tentative moral redemption, Lumet creates a film more intense than tense, more low-key character study than thriller. Fonda captures the duplicity of an actress playing a role, while Bridges' restraint provides the perfect foil for her neurotic mannerisms. But Lumet's narrative economy, sympathetic handling of actors, and superb eye never quite jell. It's as if a talented director has made the most of what he had, when what he had was never quite enough.

By: NF


Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

Sidney Lumet
James Hicks, Jay Presson Allen, David Rayfiel
Jane Fonda
Jeff Bridges
Raúl Julia
Diane Salinger
Richard Foronjy
Geoffrey Scott
James Haake
Kathleen Wilhoite
Kathy Bates
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