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25 December 1991 (USA) See more »
. . . the ultimate road movie See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Solveig Dommartin ... Claire Tourneur
Pietro Falcone ... Mario
Enzo Turrin ... Doctor
Chick Ortega ... Chico Remy

Eddy Mitchell ... Raymond Monnet

William Hurt ... Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
Adelle Lutz ... Makiko

Ernie Dingo ... Burt
Jean-Charles Dumay ... Mechanic

Sam Neill ... Eugene Fitzpatrick
Ernest Berk ... Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein ... Irina Farber
Rüdiger Vogler ... Phillip Winter
Diogo Dória ... Receptionist
Amália Rodrigues ... Woman in Street Car
Elena Prudnikova ... Krasikova (as Yelena Smirnova)
Jinzhan Zhang ... Truck Driver

Naoto Takenaka ... Custodian
Hiroshi Kanbe ... Hotel Guest
Yugi Ogata ... Hotel Guest
Miwako Fujitani ... Maid

Kuniko Miyake ... Mrs. Mori

Chishû Ryû ... Mr. Mori

Allen Garfield ... Bernie, User Car Dealer
Alec Jason ... Narcotics Agent

Lois Chiles ... Elsa Farber
Lauren Graham ... Heidi

David Gulpilil ... David
Fred Welsh ... Policeman (as Fred Walsh)
Charlie McMahon ... Buzzer

Alfred Lynch ... Old Man Alfred

Jeanne Moreau ... Edith Farber
Justine Saunders ... Maisie
Kylie Belling ... Lydia
Bart Willoughby ... Ned
Jimmy Little ... Peter

Max von Sydow ... Henry Farber
Rhoda Roberts ... Ronda
Paul Livingston ... Karl
Susan Leith ... Nora Oliveira
Detlef Winterberg ... Astronaut
Jean-Marie Rase ... No character identified

Carmen Chaplin ... No character identified

Dolores Chaplin ... No character identified
Sylvette Dommartin ... No character identified
Peter Przygodda ... No character identified
Barbara Winters
Hella Winters

Michael Winters ... No character identified
Erika Rabau ... No character identified
Lothar Wildhirth ... No character identified
Kazuhiko Uemura ... No character identified
Eric Beaver ... No character identified
Jerry Barrish ... No character identified
Michelle Cook ... No character identified
Bob Stewart ... No character identified
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Byrne ... Himself in music video (uncredited)

Tom Farrell ... Madman in Bar (uncredited)
Patrícia Tavares ... (uncredited)

Tom Waits ... Himself / Singer in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
Writing credits
Peter Carey (screenplay) and
Wim Wenders (screenplay)

Wim Wenders (original idea by) and
Solveig Dommartin (original idea by)

Michael Almereyda 

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... executive producer
Ulrich Felsberg .... producer
Masa Mikage .... associate producer
Julia Overton .... associate producer: Australia
Rosanna Roditi .... line producer
Jonathan T. Taplin .... producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Sally Campbell 
Thierry Flamand 
Art Direction by
Steve Burns 
Claudio Carrer 
Ian Gracie 
Jan Schlubach  (as Jan Schluback)
Set Decoration by
Zé Branco 
Tim Ferrier 
Costume Design by
Montserrat Casanova 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Legay .... hair stylist
Production Management
Karsten Brünig .... unit manager
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... assistant production manager
Karen J. McCabe .... production manager: USA
Ginette Mejinsky .... production manager
Michael Schwarz .... production manager: second unit
Barbara von Wrangell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alessandro Bressanello .... second assistant director: Italy
Marc Jenny .... assistant director (as Marc Jeny)
Scott Kirby .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bob Booker .... art department runner
Thierry Chavenon .... set trainee
Patrick Colpaert .... assistant art director
Jean-René Coulon .... props
Brian Dusting .... props buyer
Michael Fechner .... property master: Germany
Blossom Flint .... props buyer
Peter Forbes .... art department runner
Albrecht Konrad .... space lab designer
Bret Lama .... art department coordinator
José Matos .... construction coordinator
John Rann .... construction manager
Denis Renault .... assistant art director
Amanda Sallybanks .... art department co-ordinator (as Amanda Selling)
Christine Teulier .... property master
Gregg Thomas .... greens supervisor
Michael Tonke .... prop buyer: Germany
Joey Weber .... assistant art director
Brandon Hendroff .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Milan Bor .... sound mixer
Sophie Chiabaut .... boom operator
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Darrell Hanzalik .... supervising adr editor
Matthias Lempert .... sound effects
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Special Effects by
Frank Schlegel .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Olivier Cotte .... digital compositor
Simon Weisse .... visual effects miniatures
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefano Biscaro .... key grip: italy unit
Andrea Chiozzotto .... rigging electrician
Kevan Jenson .... video engineer
John Lee .... electrician: Australia
John Malvino .... assistant camera
Mikael Monod .... electrician
Paul Moyes .... best boy: Australian section
Benedict Neuenfels .... second camera
Christopher Porter .... gaffer
Martina Radwan .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandi Cichello .... costumer
Christophe Giraud .... costume painter
Susanne Vierkötter .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Philipp Orgassa .... digital restoration colorist
Location Management
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Jason Kliot .... location scout
Gabriele Mattner .... location scout
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Jane Siberry .... musician
Kevin Laffey .... music consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Martin Fischer .... production driver
Christian Petersen .... driver
Other crew
Pedro Bento .... production assistant
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... production coordinator
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Jim Hajicosta .... production accountant: Australia
Steffi Hiller .... production accountant: Germany
Marie-Christine Malbert .... unit publicist
Alex Matcham .... production controller
Gabriele Mattner .... researcher
João Montalverne .... production assistant
Sean Naughton .... high definition video designer
Rosada Paolo .... runner
Frank Simeone .... additional crew
Tristan Whalley .... publicist
Carla Zacchia .... location accountant
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales (uncredited)
Paris Themmen .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Ptak .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bis ans Ende der Welt" - Germany (original title)
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Rated R for language and sensuality
280 min (director's cut) | Germany:179 min (1991 European cut) | USA:158 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Willem Dafoe was originally pursued for the William Hurt part.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Claire Tourneur:I trusted him.
Eugene Fitzpatrick:Sure, and then he robbed you...
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Claire's ThemeSee more »


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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant!, 8 June 1999
Author: avatar6 from Oregon, USA

Few movies leave me reeling, and this was one of those few. I could not believe what I had just seen when I first viewed it. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. That's just what this movie does, too... provide the viewer with an experience. The plot was like nothing I've ever seen. It was fresh, intelligent, and a bit philosophical. The characters were complex human beings with realistic thoughts and emotions. Not everything that occurs does so for good reason... just as life really is. Thoughts and fears that human beings share are presented in this movie in a truly unique manner. It often plays out in a metaphorical way (i.e. "You're on your own, Claire" = aloneness), allowing us to feel like intelligent viewers, instead of viewers that need our hands held. Every character has his or her flaws, and motivations. The movie does bog down a bit in the middle, and jumps around in an alarmingly chaotic way, but it's too realistic to fault. I found it both enjoyable, and thought-provoking. The idea of addiction to our thoughts and dreams, chasing an infatuation without knowing why, and waiting for the final curtain to fall, are aspects of the movie that fascinated me. I am not saying this as a fan of Wim Wenders, since I had never heard of him before this. I most certainly know who he is now! I had to find out after viewing this movie, which unfortunately cannot be seen in its entirety. It's brilliant, interesting, and intelligent. Great acting, haunting soundtrack, and fresh plot make this movie a real winner.

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