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

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Director:
Writer:
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 » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A seductive character and mileu study See more (92 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 )
 
Production Department
Guido Chiesa .... production assistant
Tom Jarmusch .... production assistant
Una McClure .... production assistant
 
Other crew
Matt Buchwald .... 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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Shooting was begun using leftover film stock from the production of The State of Things (1982).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Willie and Eddie are walking on the railway line in Philadelphia, there are tracks of their footprints in the snow from a previous take.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:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Put a Spell on YouSee more »

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54 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
A seductive character and mileu study, 25 September 2000
Author: thephaseshift from Zurich

Reading over the comments so far, it seems that most people think this film is great, with a rare few criticizing it for being a boring 'student-film'.

People, this is for sure not a film for those who've been brutalized by too much Hollywood cinema - it's a quiet movie that you absorb slowly. It's very well done and quite absorbing. Sure it makes me think of so-called student-films (my brother is in film school), but that's not to say it's not a damn good one. There's something to be said for beautiful photography (the black and white images go so well with the feelings of emptiness and coldness) and the search for a meaning in life. These people are desperately in need of meaning and affection, none of which they seem to be able to find - or give. This is a movie about that desperate search.

And it's well worth seeing - for those with a bit of patience and artistic sensibility. It's a movie about emptiness for sure, but is by no means 'boring'. I'd give it 4/5 stars.

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