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The Morning After


Jane Fonda is an alcoholic small-time television actress who wakes up one morning with no memory of the night before, and a dead man lying next to her. Which is the answer to the movie trivia question “What is worse than waking up to find a bloody severed horse’s head in your bed?” “Heart attack?” Jeff Bridges asks later when he hears of it. “Yeah, caused by a knife in his heart,” she replies. The rest of the movie is naturally devoted to finding out who killed him, helped along by a rather flaky Jeff Bridges. It’s a good little thriller, directed by Sidney Lumet. Nothing to set the world on fire, but you could do a lot worse.