About Last Night (1986 film)

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About Last Night
About last night poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward Zwick
Produced byJason Brett
Stuart Oken
Arnold Stiefel (executive)
E. Darrell Hallenbeck (associate)
Written byTim Kazurinsky
Denise DeClue
Music byMiles Goodman
CinematographyAndrew Dintenfass
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
July 2, 1986
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8.5 million[1]
Box office$38.7 million[2]

About Last Night (styled as "About Last Night...") is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore[3] as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the first time. The screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue is based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago; the film received positive reviews. It was remade as the 2014 About Last Night (without the ellipsis).[4]


Danny and Bernie are best friends living in Chicago, who regale themselves with ribald tales of debauchery, (mostly courtesy of Bernie.) Debbie and Joan are two roommates in the city who dream of love, but settle for what they can get. One day Debbie attends a softball game, and notices a good-looking guy named Danny playing for the other team, 'Mother's,' (a popular bar in the Chicago Gold Coast who sponsors the team), and they flirt a little bit. Though her team loses, Debbie heads down to Mother's after the game for the victory party, and runs into Danny, and the two later wind up in his bed. Though neither one is a stranger to one-night stands, this one just seems different, they begin hanging out, mostly at his place, and they soon decide she should just move in. Both in their early twenties, this is their first attempt at a serious relationship; neither having lived with a partner, nor have they said the "L" word before; the film follows their tumultuous first year together, (and apart), including their first Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.



Box office[edit]

The film was a box office success, grossing $38,702,310 domestically,[5] it was the 26th highest-grossing movie of 1986,[6] and the 10th highest-grossing R-rated movie of 1986.[7]

Critical response[edit]

The film gained positive reviews.[8][9] Roger Ebert gave it 4 out of 4 stars, writing in his review that "About Last Night . . . is one of the rarest of recent American movies, because it deals fearlessly with real people, instead of with special effects."[10] The lead performances were especially praised, with Ebert writing "Lowe and Moore, members of Hollywood's "Brat Pack," are survivors of last summer's awful movie about yuppie singles, St. Elmo's Fire. This is the movie St. Elmo's Fire should have been. Last summer's movie made them look stupid and shallow. About Last Night . . . gives them the best acting opportunities either one has ever had, and they make the most of them."[10]

The film holds a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews. On IMDb the film has rating of 6.2/10 based on 13429 reviews.[11]


About Last Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released1986 (1986)
ProducerNarada Michael Walden
Dennis Lambert, John Oates
Michael Henderson, Paul Davis, Michael Omartian
J. D. Souther, Richard Burgess

The film's music soundtrack album was released on EMI Records; the album includes music by Sheena Easton, Michael Henderson, John Oates; as well as Jermaine Jackson, Bob Seger, Paul Davis and John Waite.[12]

Track listing[13]
1."So Far, So Good"Sheena Easton4:04
2."(She's the) Shape of Things to Come"John Oates3:40
3."Natural Love"Sheena Easton3:51
4."Words Into Action"Jermaine Jackson4:56
5."Step by Step"J.D. Souther4:27
6."Living Inside My Heart"Bob Seger3:28
7."Trials of the Heart"Nancy Shanks4:28
8."'Til You Love Somebody"Michael Henderson4:00
9."If We Can Get Through the Night"Paul Davis4:27
10."True Love"The Del-Lords3:47
11."If Anybody Had a Heart"John Waite4:34



  1. ^ http://catalog.afi.com/Catalog/moviedetails/57246
  2. ^ About Last Night at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "About Last Night 1986". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "About Last Night 2014". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "About Last Night... (1986)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  6. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1986&p=.htm
  7. ^ "1986 Yearly Box Office for R Rated Movies". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  8. ^ Canby, Vincent (1986-07-01). "Movie Review - About Last Night - FILM: MAMET ADAPTATION, 'ABOUT LAST NIGHT...'". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  9. ^ Benson, Sheila (2008-07-08). "Movie Review : 'About Last Night': Some Hilarity And Insights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  10. ^ a b "About Last Night . . . :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. 1986-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  11. ^ “IMDb rating”
  12. ^ About Last Night (Original Soundtrack)|Allmusic
  13. ^ Various Artist: About Last Night..Soundtrack Album

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