The Morning After (1986 film)

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The Morning After
The Morning After (1986 film poster).jpg
original film poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Bruce Gilbert
Written by James Hicks
David Rayfiel (uncredited)
Music by Paul Chihara
Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak
Edited by Joel Goodman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 25, 1986 (1986-12-25)
Running time
103 minutes
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $25,147,055

The Morning After is a 1986 American mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia. Fonda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.


A washed-up, alcoholic actress, Alex Sternbergen (played by Fonda), wakes up on Thanksgiving 1986 next to a murdered man, a sleazy photographer. She feels sick and remembers nothing from the night before. She calls her friend Jackie about what happened the night before. (We find out later that he is her husband, they are separated.) He informs her that she missed out on getting what could have been her best gig in a while the night before because she was drunk and rude. She tells him about the body. He tells her to call the cops and she says that she is scared but he insists, telling her it will be all right. She retorts saying "ya wanna bet?" She leaves the apartment, and it is implied that she has not called the police. While trying to flee at the airport, Alex encounters an ex-policeman, Turner (Jeff Bridges), who believes in her innocence. Raúl Juliá plays Jackie, a hairdresser who wants to divorce her, as he has fallen in love with socialite Isabel Harding (Diane Salinger).



The film holds a 71% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


Jane Fonda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The Morning After (Rotten Tomatoes)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  2. ^ "Academy Awards Database". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  3. ^ "The Morning After". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 

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