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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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Claire Tourneur
Pietro Falcone ...
Enzo Turrin ...
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Adelle Lutz ...
Jean-Charles Dumay ...
Eugene Fitzpatrick
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Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein ...
Irina Farber
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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Until the End of the World  »

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)


$752,856 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(director's cut) | (1991 European cut)

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An grand and inspiring adventure
17 May 2001 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

I have only seen the full-length 280-minute "trilogy" version of this film (at the 2001 USA Film Festival in Dallas), and I honestly cannot identify any sequences that could be cut without seriously compromising the flow of the story.

This film works so well on so many different levels -- an adventure, a love story, a question of ethics and technology, life and death, love and family, but mostly it explores the question, "how far must we travel (or how long must we sit in the theater) to find that which we seek, and what exactly is it we're seeking anyway"?

Yes, 4-1/2 hours is a long time to sit still (although, with two intermissions it's not all that bad), but for those of us who enjoy a good film that's not made from a pat formula of committee-designed ingredients in strictly regulated proportions, it's worth every minute.

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