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Until the End of the World (1991)

Bis ans Ende der Welt (original title)
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In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Claire Tourneur
Pietro Falcone ...
Mario
Enzo Turrin ...
Doctor
Chick Ortega ...
Chico Remy
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Raymond Monnet
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Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
Adelle Lutz ...
Makiko
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Burt
Jean-Charles Dumay ...
Mechanic
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Eugene Fitzpatrick
Ernest Berk ...
Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein ...
Irina Farber
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Diogo Dória ...
Receptionist
Amália Rodrigues ...
Woman in Street Car
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Storyline

Set in 1999, a woman (Dommartin) has a car accident with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the bank money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law (Hurt), an American who is being chased by the CIA. The charges are false, he claims. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and vision. On the run from both the bank robbers and the CIA, the couple span the globe, ending up in Australia at his father's (von Sydow) research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Hurt captured for his blind mother. Set in the futuristic year of 1999, a subplot about a damaged Indian nuclear satellite crashing and causing the end of civilization is a puzzling addition to the film. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$752,856 (USA)
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(director's cut) | (1991 European cut)

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1.85 : 1
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The 4h33 Director's Cut was given a 4K restoration in 2014 by Arri Film & TV Services Berlin, with support from the French National Centre for Cinema (CNC). See more »

Goofs

When many of the European characters leave the Mbantua settlement and take a group photo, believing the adventure to be over, the voice-over mentions that it is February, 2000. Yet shortly after we see Henry Farber trying a new series of experiments on recording dream imagery, and a computer display for the current experiment says January 21. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Fitzpatrick: [the dream-player is out of battery] It's dead.
Claire Tourneur: I'm dead. My heart is dead!
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Written by Graeme Revell
Performed by David Darling (cello solo)
Courtesy of Trans Glide Music BMI
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Very, Very, Very Good.
31 January 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

The drifting curiosity of Claire Tourneau lends a feeling of calm to UTEOTW; she is the still center of this quiet film, which occupies a poetic lull before the millennial storm. As in most of Wenders' films, there are moments of great beauty, elevated by the use of silence-- the sudden quiet in the plane, as the shadow slips over the hills (this is my favorite moment in the film)-- and there are Wenders' usual striking, trademark images from a moving vehicle of the landscape racing by. This movie, about vision and re-vision, also has a lot to do with poetry and transportation, like "King of the Road" and "Alice in the Cities". The soundtrack is altogether delightful. Like all of Wenders' films, it is exactly a half-hour too long, but like most of his work, it just manages to redeem itself. I believe this is his best film after his masterpiece, "Wings of Desire".


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