After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Aug 24, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Adapted from a novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet evokes memories of the film noirs of yore. Jason Patric plays Collie, a short-fused ex-boxer who gets mixed up with alcoholic widow Fay (Rachel Ward) and burned-out former lawman Uncle Bud (Bruce Dern). These two lowlifes involve Collie in a kidnapping scheme. At first willing to go along with the plan, Collie tires of Fay's drunken mood swings and seeks out new companionship. Doctor George Dickinson proves all too eager to be friends with Collie -- more than friends, in fact. Driven back into Fay's arms, Collie agrees to aid in the kidnapping. But when the victim turns out to be diabetic, things go from bad to worse.

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boy, femme-fatale, kidnapping, mental-illness, prizefighter, con/scam, get-rich-quick-scheme

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