STARRING: ROSANNA ARQUETTE, TERI GARR, THOMAS CHONG, CHEECH MARIN, CATHERINE O'HARA
"Buttoned-up, button-down word processor Paul Hackett is looking for a break from his humdrum Manhattan routine. Full of hope and good will, he heads to SoHo for a late-night date with Marcy, a pretty girl he scarcely knows. Poor Paul. He's about to become the punch line of a giant cosmic joke. No one's ever told him that when it's After Hours, different rules apply.
Martin Scorsese, the celebrated works established him as the Big Apple's premier film chronicler, now takes a darkly comic look at his favorite city in a wild and woolly free for all.
The descent down the urban rabbit hole begins when Paul (Griffin Dunne), enroute to SoHo, watches his money fly irretrievably out a taxi window. It's a sign of things to come, because he gradually gets caught in a bizarre web of seemingly chance encounters with the loopy, looney downtown night people, brought to life by a terrific all-star cast including Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr and the outrageously comedy team Cheech & Chong. But the random events of Joseph Minion's ingenious script turn out to be related in startling, humorous ways.
I never read anything so original or intriguing as After Hours- says Scorsese. I was fascinated by what was happening as the story unfolds. It is like a Chinese puzzle. See if you can put all the pieces together. Watch this bold, inventive movie now, or After Hours."