About Last Night (1986 film)

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About Last Night
About last night poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward Zwick
Produced byJason Brett
Stuart Oken
Arnold Stiefel (executive)
E. Darrell Hallenbeck (associate)
Written byTim Kazurinsky
Denise DeClue
Music byMiles Goodman
CinematographyAndrew Dintenfass
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
July 2, 1986
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8.5 million[1]
Box office$38.7 million[2]

About Last Night (styled as "About Last Night...") is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore[3] as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the first time. The screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue 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).[4]


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.[5] It was the 26th highest-grossing movie of 1986,[6] and the 10th highest-grossing R-rated movie of 1986.[7]

Critical response[edit]

The movie gained positive reviews.[8][9] 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."[10] 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."[10]

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


About Last Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released1986 (1986)
ProducerNarada Michael Walden
Dennis Lambert, John Oates
Michael Henderson, Paul Davis, Michael Omartian
J. D. Souther, Richard Burgess

The film's music soundtrack album was released on EMI Records. The album includes music by Sheena Easton, Michael Henderson, John Oates; as well as Jermaine Jackson, Bob Seger, Paul Davis and John Waite.[11]

Track listing[12]
1."So Far, So Good"Sheena Easton4:04
2."(She's the) Shape of Things to Come"John Oates3:40
3."Natural Love"Sheena Easton3:51
4."Words Into Action"Jermaine Jackson4:56
5."Step by Step"J.D. Souther4:27
6."Living Inside My Heart"Bob Seger3:28
7."Trials of the Heart"Nancy Shanks4:28
8."'Til You Love Somebody"Michael Henderson4:00
9."If We Can Get Through the Night"Paul Davis4:27
10."True Love"The Del-Lords3:47
11."If Anybody Had a Heart"John Waite4:34



  1. ^ http://catalog.afi.com/Catalog/moviedetails/57246
  2. ^ About Last Night at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "About Last Night 1986". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "About Last Night 2014". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "About Last Night... (1986)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  6. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1986&p=.htm
  7. ^ "1986 Yearly Box Office for R Rated Movies". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  8. ^ Canby, Vincent (1986-07-01). "Movie Review - About Last Night - FILM: MAMET ADAPTATION, 'ABOUT LAST NIGHT...'". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  9. ^ Benson, Sheila (2008-07-08). "Movie Review : 'About Last Night': Some Hilarity And Insights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  10. ^ a b "About Last Night . . . :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. 1986-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  11. ^ About Last Night (Original Soundtrack)|Allmusic
  12. ^ Various Artist: About Last Night..Soundtrack Album

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