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Until the End of the World (1991)
"Bis ans Ende der Welt" (original title)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  25 December 1991 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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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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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Until the End of the World  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$752,856 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The money just ran out to shoot in China, so actress Solveig Dommartin and one camera person surreptitiously shot the Chinese scenes in the film (seen on VideoFax in Paris by Eugene) completely on their own. See more »

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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 »

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Claire Tourneur: If I knew where he was, I would be with him; I would be making love with him! Why did I say that?
Burt: It's the sodium pentathol I put in your drink. It's a truth drug.
Claire Tourneur: That's all right. I've given you five sleeping pills myself.
Burt: Oh you bitch. Waiter! Coffee...
[slumps]
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Written by W. Berry, P. Buck, M. Mills, M. Stipe
Performed by R.E.M.
Courtesy of Night Garden Music BMI
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6 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wenders takes the time to take us to another place that is right beside where you are now, whether you know it or not. Beautifully shot and scored, the movie rewards those that allow it to unfold rather than showing you the plot in the first 15 minutes. With an emphasis on personal emotions rather than "screen presence", the actors reveal much about us all- no super-heroes here.

Granted it is a long film by "American" standards but who can say how long a film should be? I felt transported to the times & places Wenders takes us, to me this makes a successful film regardless of its length. The storyline is well crafted and the music editing is brilliant; when I hear the music today I think of the film and not the bands that performed it.

William Hurt has a role (finally) that suits his personality. The pairing of Jeanne Moreau and Max Van Sydow is brilliant. Definitely a movie that should be seen at least once in your lifetime.


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