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Night on Earth (1991)

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

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Cast

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Lisanne Falk ...
Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott ...
Rock Musician #1
Anthony Portillo ...
Rock Musician #2
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Angela
Richard Boes ...
Cab Driver #1
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Driver - Paris
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Blind Woman
Pascal N'Zonzi ...
Passenger #1 (as Pascal Nzonzi)
Emile Abossolo M'bo ...
Passenger #2 (as Émile Abossolo-M'bo)
Stéphane Boucher ...
Man in Accident (as Stephane Boucher)
Noel Kaufmann ...
Man on Motorcycle
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Storyline

A collection of five stories involving cab drivers in five different cities. Los Angeles - A talent agent for the movies discovers her cab driver would be perfect to cast, but the cabbie is reluctant to give up her solid cab driver's career. New York - An immigrant cab driver is continually lost in a city and culture he doesn't understand. Paris - A blind girl takes a ride with a cab driver from the Ivory Coast and they talk about life and blindness. Rome - A gregarious cabbie picks up an ailing man and virtually talks him to death. Helsinki - an industrial worker gets laid off and he and his compatriots discuss the bleakness and unfairness of love and life and death. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Five Taxis. Five Cities. One Night.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 1991 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

LANewYorkParisRomeHelsinki  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,015,810 (USA)
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Trivia

The five taxis used in the film were: 1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon (Los Angeles segment), 1983 Ford LTD Crown Victoria (New York segment), 1980 Peugeot 504 (Paris segment), 1976 Fiat 128 (Rome segment), 1973 Volvo 144 (Helsinki segment). See more »

Goofs

In the Rome segment you can see several times a black car following the cab, probably the production crew. See more »

Quotes

Paris Driver: Don't blind people usually wear dark glasses?
Blind Woman: Do they? I've never seen a blind person.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the titles of the crew members are in the language of the place/unit they worked in (ie the Helsinki unit's credits are in Finnish, and so on). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kauas pilvet karkaavat (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Old World
Written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Produced by Tom Waits
Arranged by Tom Waits and Francis Thumm
Jalma Music, Inc.
Administered by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Tom Waits performs courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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Original, funny and tragic
3 June 1999 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch does an excellent job in creating character conflict and intriguing, realistic dialogue. But what I admire most in this movie are the opening scenes of every segment. He knows how to capture the essence of every city and how to establish mood. National Geographic has nothing over Jarmusch's photographic talent.

All segments are well written and tie in with the respective cities that are the back drop of the film: LA, NY, Paris, Rome and Helsinki. The Helsinki segment is the most depressing and it's kind of a bummer that the movie had to end on that note. The Paris segment steals the show. Incredible camera work and terrific dialogue.

Overall, the movie gave me a renewed appreciation for cinema. Thanks Jarmusch.


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