We have already reviewed my all-time favourite noir, The Grifters (1990), the film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1963 novel.
Thompson’s 1955 novel, After Dark, My Sweet, has also been eponymously adapted to the screen; curiously, also in 1990. Again, this is a fantastic neo-noir adaptation of a classic tale.
Jason Patric, Rachel Ward and the inimitable Bruce Dern run circles around each other in this fascinating story of lust, love, manipulation and crime. Everything you want from a sleazy noir is here, and the direction and acting are pitch-perfect.
A special mention to Patric; he is a revelation!
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. I know some of you cannot resist… but the following trailer basically lays out the whole story for you from beginning to end:
Title: After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Direction: James Foley
Screenplay: James Foley, Robert Redlin
Based on: After Dark, My Sweet; the 1955 novel by Jim Thompson
Cinematography: Mark Plummer
Editing: Howard E. Smith
Score: Maurice Jarre
Stars: Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern, George Dickerson