After Dark, My Sweet
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A one-time boxer turned drifter is sucked into a kidnapping plot, thanks to his involvement with a sultry but troubled widow. The scheme goes horribly awry, and the drifter and his cohorts are forced to resort to desperate measures in this existential film noir based on a Jim Thompson novel.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"A brisk, entertaining contemporary melodrama."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"If anything, though, Foley makes Thompson's killing universe too inviting, too sunny and comfortable. He's missed the essence of Thompson, but all in all, there are worse ways of failing."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Tour-de-force performances all-round"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The film is a hot-wired crime thriller that captures [Jim] Thompson's flair for hard action, malicious wit and fevered eroticism."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels."
‑ Dan Callahan, Reverse Shot
"This is the real thing from start to finish."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"After the compromised result of the noirish At Close Range, Foley shows imporovement in giving Jim Thompson's 1955 tale the right tone and visuals, though he should have cast the femme fatale with a better actress than Rachel Ward."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If you actually force yourself to sit all the way through After Dark, My Sweet, it'll almost certainly leave you feeling punch-drunk."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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