All Night Long (1981 film)

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All Night Long
All night long poster.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Jean-Claude Tramont
Produced by Associate producers:
Terence A. Donnelly
Fran Roy
Leonard Goldberg
Jerry Weintraub
Written by W. D. Richter
Starring Barbra Streisand
Gene Hackman
Diane Ladd
Dennis Quaid
Kevin Dobson
William Daniels
Hamilton Camp
Terry Kiser
Charles Siebert
Vernee Watson
Raleigh Bond
Annie Girardot
Music by Richard Hazard
Ira Newborn
José Padilla
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Edited by Rachel Igel
Marion Rothman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • March 6, 1981 (1981-03-06)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,454,295

All Night Long is a 1981 comedy film starring Barbra Streisand, Gene Hackman, Diane Ladd, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Dobson, and William Daniels, written by W. D. Richter and directed by Jean-Claude Tramont.[1]


George Dupler (Gene Hackman), a married man nearing middle age, is demoted after a temper tantrum at work (throwing a chair out of his boss's window) and reduced to working as the midnight-shift manager of an all-night pharmacy/convenience store.

George's adult son, Freddie (Dennis Quaid), is having an affair with an older, married woman, who also happens to be Freddie's fourth cousin. George advises Freddie to stop the affair before it leads to any trouble, but Freddie declares that he might love her and does not listen to his father. One night at the convenience store, George finally meets the older woman, Cheryl (Barbra Streisand), an untalented singer-songwriter married to a volatile firefighter, Bobby (Kevin Dobson), and she begins to show an interest in him. After a while, George starts to show an interest in her as well, resulting in the two kissing.

One night, George goes over Cheryl's house to return her cigarette lighter. Cheryl offers to show George the paint job Freddie has done in Cheryl and Bobby's bedroom. When George and Cheryl are about to get intimate, Freddie comes over to see Cheryl for another tryst. George escapes before Freddie could see him, but Cheryl had to tell Freddie about the affair she is having with George. The next day, when George is trying to sleep, and his wife, Helen (Diane Ladd), is having a French class, Freddie comes home and accuses George of the affair, trying to fight him. Helen hears about the affair and George leaves. Later on, Helen wants a divorce and George agrees.

George ends up quitting his job and buying a loft in a painting warehouse where he can pursue his dream of being an inventor. George goes to an anniversary party where everybody he knows is there, including his family, Cheryl, and Bobby. Bobby ends up calling George out for having an affair with his wife. George takes Cheryl away from the party and her husband to his place. Even though Cheryl loves him, she thinks he is too good for her, and leaves George.

Cheryl goes to the fire station where Bobby works and asks him if she could talk to him. As she is trying to fix their marriage, Bobby ends up violently yelling at her, and right as he is about to hit her, the fire alarm goes off. He runs off and all of the firemen leave, and we see that it was George was the one who reported the nonexistent fire. George meets Cheryl inside the fire station, declaring that this is her last chance to be with him. Cheryl agrees and the two go back to his place.

In the end, we see that Cheryl has moved into George's place and that Freddie is helping her move in, showing that he and his dad have reconciled. In the last scene, Cheryl ends up walking away and signalling George to come to their bedroom. George looks off into the distance with a smile and runs into the bedroom to be with Cheryl.



The film was originally planned as a low-budget release, with Hackman and Lisa Eichhorn. Streisand's then-agent, Sue Mengers, who was married to the film's director, suggested Barbra for the part instead of Eichhorn. Several biographies suggest that because of the film's subsequent failure at the box office, Streisand fired Mengers.


Streisand was nominated for a 1981 Golden Raspberry Award for her performance. The film received negative reviews,[2] though some critics cited Streisand's performance as one of her very best. Stephen Holden, in Rolling Stone magazine, gave the film a positive review, adding that Streisand's performance suggested Marilyn Monroe. Pauline Kael in The New Yorker was full of praise for the film : " The director, Jean-Claude Tramont, a Belgian who has worked in American television, is a sophisticated jokester. There may be a suggestion of Lubitsch and of Max Ophüls in his approach, and there is more than a suggestion of Jacques Tati. Gene Hackman, whose specialty has been believable, lived-in characters, gives one of his most likable performances."[3] Gary Arnold of The Washington Post also praised Hackman's performance, calling it "the most endearing of his career, an impression of frustrated but resilient middle-class masculinity that should evoke as much recognition and rooting interest among men as women seemed to derive from Ellen Burstyn's role in 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.'"[4]

Box office[edit]

Although generally seen as a flop, the film opened at #1 on the American film charts with an opening weekend of $1,391,000, and grossed around $10,000,000 worldwide. Adjusting for inflation, this is around $25.6 million in 2013 dollars.[5] The Independent Movie Data Base website lists the film's total U.S. gross as less than $4.5 million.


  1. ^ The Films of Barbra Streisand, Christopher Nickens & Karen Swenson, Citadel Press, p. 152-160
  2. ^ review by Vincent Canby, New York Times, 6 March 1981
  3. ^ Pauline Kael , Taking it all In p.156 ISBN 0-7145-2841-2
  4. ^ Gary Arnold, "Savory Surprise," The Washington Post, Page C1, 7 March, 1981
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