About Last Night (1986 film)

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About Last Night...
About last night poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Zwick
Produced by Jason Brett
Stuart Oken
Arnold Stiefel (executive)
E. Darrell Hallenbeck (associate)
Written by Tim Kazurinsky
Denise DeClue
Starring Rob Lowe
Demi Moore
James Belushi
Elizabeth Perkins
Cinematography Andrew Dintenfass
Edited by Harry Keramidas
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) July 2, 1986
Running time 113 min
Country United States
Language English
Box office $38,702,310 (domestic)[1]

About Last Night (styled as About Last Night...) is a 1986 American romantic dramedy film. The film was directed by Edward Zwick, and stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the first time. It is based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The film was remade as the 2014 About Last Night (without the ellipsis).[2]


Danny and Bernie are two single men who live in Chicago. When Danny meets Debbie at Mother Malone's ("Mother's"), a bar in the Chicago Gold Coast, the two start a relationship from a one-night stand. The film follows the couple for the first year of their relationship: their meeting after a softball game, her moving in with him, mutual friction at Thanksgiving, their breakup on New Year's Eve, his apology and declaration of love on St. Patrick's Day, and their reconciliation at a softball game.



Box office[edit]

The film was a box office success, grossing $38,702,310 domestically.[3] It was the 26th highest-grossing movie of 1986,[4] and the 10th highest-grossing R-rated movie of 1986.[5]

Critical response[edit]

The movie gained positive reviews.[6][7] Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, writing in his review that "About Last Night . . . is one of the rarest of recent American movies, because it deals fearlessly with real people, instead of with special effects."[8] The lead performances were especially praised, with Ebert writing "Lowe and Moore, members of Hollywood's "Brat Pack," are survivors of last summer's awful movie about yuppie singles, St. Elmo's Fire. This is the movie St. Elmo's Fire should have been. Last summer's movie made them look stupid and shallow. About Last Night . . . gives them the best acting opportunities either one has ever had, and they make the most of them."[8]

The film currently holds a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.


The soundtrack album was released on EMI America Records.

  1. "So Far, So Good" – Sheena Easton
  2. "(She's the) Shape of Things to Come" – John Oates
  3. "Natural Love" – Sheena Easton
  4. "Words into Action" – Jermaine Jackson
  5. "Step by Step" – J.D. Souther
  6. "Living Inside My Heart" – Bob Seger
  7. "Trials of the Heart" – Nancy Shanks
  8. "til You Love Somebody" – Michael Henderson
  9. "If We Can Get Through the Night" – Paul Davis
  10. "True Love" – The Del-Lords
  11. "If Anybody Had a Heart" – John Waite


  1. ^ About Last Night at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826590/
  3. ^ "About Last Night... (1986)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  4. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1986&p=.htm
  5. ^ "1986 Yearly Box Office for R Rated Movies". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (1986-07-01). "Movie Review - About Last Night - FILM: MAMET ADAPTATION, 'ABOUT LAST NIGHT...' - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  7. ^ SHEILA BENSON (2008-07-08). "Movie Review : 'About Last Night': Some Hilarity And Insights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  8. ^ a b "About Last Night . . . :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 

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