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Until the End of the World (1991)

Bis ans Ende der Welt (original title)
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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It's 1999. The government will kill for his invention. One woman will do anything for his love. Together they share an adventure that circles the globe - And invades the mind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wenders sent out a call to his favorite musicians for original compositions for the film and received so much good music he decided not to choose a winner but to use it all. Wenders later admitted without a hint of regret that it was a decision that locked him into epic length. See more »

Goofs

When Bert is shown as the guitarist in Chico's impromptu band for the first time, he hands the guitar to the green-shirted man on the bridge while the rest of the band keeps playing. But when the scene cuts to a different angle, Bert is still playing the guitar. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Fitzpatrick: I didn't know the cure for the disease of images. All I knew was how to write. But I believed in the magic and healing power of words, and of stories.
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Soundtracks

It Takes Time
Written by Fred 'Sonic' Smith and Patti Smith
Performed by Fred 'Sonic' Smith and Patti Smith
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Will stay with you for years to come.
5 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie 10 years ago, and have seen it perhaps 50 times since then. There has never been another film that has so affected me this way... the images, dialog, and music keep coming back to me, and each time I watch it I see something new. All this, and I've only seen the edited version, not the 5-hour director's cut, which I hope someday will be released on DVD.

Wenders has a different way of working - he develops the dialog, and even the plot (so the story goes), as the film is being shot. One of the reasons it all seems so real.

The integration of the music is fantastic, and gives just as emotional weight as the stunning cinematography. Rather than slap on some pop music in post-production as most directors do, he first solicited songs from his pals U2, Nick Cave, Peter Gabriel, et al to write a song about the end of the world. He then wove the resulting music into the script.

Every 6 months or so I'm amazed by some bit of news in real life that was actually telegraphed by the film, years ago. Remember the crisis with India and Pakistan developing nuclear arms a few years back?

Solveig Dommartin is intoxicating, William Hurt is his usual self, but for me Sam Neill is the best. His narration is especially haunting.

Shot on 4 continents in 8 countries, this film is truly an epic.


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