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Stranger Than Paradise -- Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

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Jim Jarmusch (written by)
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Release Date:
9 November 1984 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial... See more » | Full synopsis »
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8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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I'm choking the alligator. See more (99 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Lurie ... Willie

Eszter Balint ... Eva

Richard Edson ... Eddie
Cecillia Stark ... Aunt Lotte
Danny Rosen ... Billy
Rammellzee ... Man With Money

Tom DiCillo ... Airline Agent
Richard Boes ... Factory Worker
Rockets Redglare ... Poker player
Harvey Perr ... Poker player
Brian J. Burchill ... Poker player

Sara Driver ... Girl with Hat
Paul Sloane ... Motel Owner

Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Jarmusch  written by

Produced by
Sara Driver .... producer
Otto Grokenberger .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Lurie 
 
Cinematography by
Tom DiCillo 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Jarmusch 
Melody London 
 
Production Design by
Matt Buchwald (production assistant)
Sam Edwards (production assistant)
Louis Tancredi (production assistant)
Stephen Torton (production assistant)
 
Production Management
Sara Driver .... production manager
 
Sound Department
John Auerbach .... sound editor
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Ollie Cotton .... sound recording engineer
Greg Curry .... sound
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Melody London .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Gibson .... assistant camera
James Hayman .... assistant camera
Frank Prinzi .... gaffer
Frank Prinzi .... grip
Li-Shin Yu .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Tim Brennan .... negative matcher
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jill Jaffe .... musician: viola (The Paradise Quartet ) (as Jill B. Jaffe)
Eugene J. Moye .... musician: cello (The Paradise Quartet ) (as Eugene Moye)
Mary Rowell .... musician: violin (The Paradise Quartet ) (as Mary L. Rowell)
Kay Stern .... musician: violin (The Paradise Quartet )
 
Other crew
Matt Buchwald .... production assistant
Guido Chiesa .... production assistant
Guido Chisea .... production assistant
Sam Edwards .... production assistant
Suzanne Fletcher .... title designer
Tom Jarmusch .... production assistant
Una McClure .... production assistant
Louis Tancredi .... production assistant
Stephen Torton .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Paul Bartel .... special thanks
 

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89 min
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Director Jim Jarmusch was dismayed to discover all the money he paid for the rights to Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" went to the record company, with nothing going to Hawkins himself. When the film earned a profit, Jarmusch took it upon himself to track down Hawkins (who was living in a trailer park, at the time) and give him some money. It was the beginning of a friendship between the two which lasted until Hawkins' death. According to Jarmusch, Hawkins continuously promised to pay him back, despite Jamursch's insistence that the money was a gift.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Eddie and Willie are driving to Cleveland, the camera and camera operator can be seen in the reflection of the rear view mirror.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Willie:Yeah.
Aunt Lotte:[speaks indistinctly in Hungarian]
Willie:Oh, hello, Aunt Lotte.
Aunt Lotte:[replies indistinctly in Hungarian throughout conversation]
Willie:Don't speak to me in Hungarian, please. No, I haven't heard from him, not for ten years. Yeah, I got your letter. Speak English, please! Yeah, my little cousin Eva. Yeah, I know, she's come - coming here and she's gonna stay overnight, when's she coming...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wanderlust (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Put a Spell on YouSee more »

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56 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
I'm choking the alligator., 9 February 1999
Author: blahblah-3 from Indiana, USA

Odd and inspiring. This film rings true with rich detail in its depictions of utter loneliness. Smoking many Chesterfields, watching television, playing solitaire, visiting Aunt Lottie, sightseeing at Lake Erie (for God's sake). It alters from tragic to comic from almost moment to moment, and often has a foot in both pools.

Jarmusch is minimalist to the core with this one, and yet manages to pull off a solid story. A small black and white gem that deserves a larger audience.

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