After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

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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!


You can find more information on this U.S. movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

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)

Language: English

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


Full Acting Cast and Roles



  1. As a huge Rachel Ward fan, I’m surprised that I missed this one. I must find it and check it out! Thanks for this.

    1. Most of the films I watch I’ve never heard of before. It adds a bit of excitement to feel as if you’ve found a gem.

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