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Release Date:
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 »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When filming ended, Wenders confessed, his producers had to literally pull the plug on him for his own good because he wanted to take the film to a conclusion in the African Congo. There, the Pygmies' "dream music" would have brought his characters and themes full circle. As it is, he hit every continent in the film except Africa and South America.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 »
Car navigation system:You are leaving the map-zone database: you're on your own... Claire.See more »
Movie Connections:
Calling All AngelsSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Will stay with you for years to come., 5 March 2002
Author: dylan floyd

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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