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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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Pietro Falcone ...
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Enzo Turrin ...
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Chick Ortega ...
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Raymond Monnet
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Adelle Lutz ...
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Jean-Charles Dumay ...
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Ernest Berk ...
Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein ...
Irina Farber
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Diogo Dória ...
Hotelportier
Amália Rodrigues ...
Frau in Strassenbahn (as Amalia Rodrigues)
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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 USA:

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

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1.66 : 1
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Features a car with a frighteningly prescient version of a satellite navigation system. 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 »

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Eugene Fitzpatrick: [voice over] Soon they were hooked; all of them. They lived to see their dreams, and when they slept they dreamed about their dreams. They had arrived at the island of dreams together; but in a short time they were oceans apart. I watched helplessly as Claire and Sam were drowning in their own nocturnal imagery. They ignored each other, and neglected themselves. The dreams which should have been flushed away with the first yawn, were now their only diet; and thus became more and more ...
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Fretless
Written by Bill Berry (as W. Berry), Peter Buck (as P. Buck), Mike Mills (as M. Mills), and Michael Stipe (as M. Stipe)
Performed by R.E.M.
Courtesy of Night Garden Music BMI
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find a way to see the 4 hour and 40 minute version
5 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how often this film has been shown in its original length (4hr40min), but this version is clearly superior to the shorter film released in theaters. I was able to see it at screening in NYC. Simply put, there's a layer of resolution and contextuality that is seriously lacking in the edited version.


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