After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

The best Jim Thompson film. Paranoid and bleak.

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Original Large Theatrical Movie Poster Art Cinema Film 2009 Enter The Void We have already reviewed my all-time favourite noir, The Grifters (1990), the film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1963 novel.

Thompson’s 1955 novel, After Dark, My Sweet, has also been eponymously adapted to the screen; curiously, also in 1990. Again, this is a fantastic neo-noir adaptation of a classic tale.

Jason Patric, Rachel Ward and the inimitable Bruce Dern run circles around each other in this fascinating story of lust, love, manipulation and crime. Everything you want from a sleazy noir is here, and the direction and acting are pitch-perfect.

A special mention to Patric; he is a revelation!


You can find more information on this U.S. movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. I know some of you cannot resist… but the following trailer basically lays out the whole story for you from beginning to end:


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