Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jane Fonda & Jeff Bridges in The Morning After (1986)

Alex Sternbergen (Fonda) drinks too much. This fact is made painfully obvious to her when she wakes up next to a bloody corpse and has no memory of how she got there. Did she kill him, or has she been set up? Her blind panic is mitigated by ex cop Turner Kendall (Bridges) who helps her organize her thoughts and get to the bottom the mess. Will she figure it out before it drags her under?

This is a great example of an 80's thriller and Fonda does a great job as the booze soaked actress. It's masterfully directed by Sidney Lumet and look for gay character actor James Haake as a drag queen friend of Sternbergen's who helps her out of a jam and Bruce Vilanch in a small role as a bartender.

This film is available on DVD though it's out of print and can be expensive. Luckily it's also available on Amazon Direct at considerably lower prices.

Obscurity factor: 4 (somewhat remembered, on DVD & VOD)


  1. I saw this one in first run at the theatre. I remember thinking at the time that it was a pretty good film, but the only thing I really remember now about it was the fantastic opening scene where Fonda wakes up in bed with a bloody corpse. Unforgettable!

  2. It's such a shocking scene - and beautifully realized by Fonda and Sidney Lumet.

  3. Even if Lumet did kind of steal the idea from Francis Ford Coppola :).

  4. jervaise brooke hamsterNovember 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I want to bugger Jane Fonda (as the bird was in 1955 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

  5. Jervaise, every geezer in the world wants to bugger the 18 year-old version of Jane Fonda, THATS A GIVEN ! ! !.