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The Morning After
The Morning After (1986 film poster).jpg
original film poster
Directed bySidney Lumet
Written byJames Hicks
David Rayfiel (uncredited)
Produced byBruce Gilbert
CinematographyAndrzej Bartkowiak
Edited byJoel Goodman
Music byPaul Chihara
American Filmworks
Lorimar Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 25, 1986 (1986-12-25)
Running time
103 minutes
Budget$15 million[1]
Box office$25.1 million[2]

The Morning After is a 1986 American neo noir mystery thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia.[3] The film received generally favorable reviews and was a moderate commercial success, grossing $25.1 million against its $15 million budget. Fonda received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.


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. Raul Julia plays Jackie, a hairdresser who wants to divorce her, as he has fallen in love with socialite Isabel Harding (Diane Salinger).[4]



The film holds a 63% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 19 reviews.[5]


Jane Fonda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[6][7]


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  2. ^ The Morning After at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (1986-12-25). "Movie Review FILM: FONDA AND BRIDGES IN 'THE MORNING AFTER". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Morning After Movie Review (1986) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  5. ^ "The Morning After (Rotten Tomatoes)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  6. ^ "Academy Awards Database". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-01-31.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "The Morning After". Retrieved 2013-01-13.