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Night on Earth (1991)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Lisanne Falk ...
Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott ...
Rock Musician #1
Anthony Portillo ...
Rock Musician #2
Richard Boes ...
Cab Driver #1
Driver - Paris
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


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


Five Taxis. Five Cities. One Night.


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


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$2,015,810 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Jarmusch wrote the script in eight days. See more »


This film takes place sometime during the winter, and the opening story takes place in Los Angeles starting at 7:07 PM. At no time during the winter would Los Angeles be this sunny at 7:07 PM. In fact, the latest time of day the sun would set during the winter would be at 6:07 PM on March 20, the last day of winter. (Currently, March 20 would occur during Daylight Savings Time, but, in 1991, Daylight Savings Time did not begin until April.) See more »


Angela: Well, fuck you, fuck you, and fuck you!
Yoyo: Look, Angela, just shut up!
Angela: No, you shut up! Don't you be tellin' me to shut up!
Yoyo: Shut up!
Angela: You shut up!
Yoyo: No, you shut up!
Yoyo: [frustrated] Shit!
[he unzips his jacket]
Angela: You know what your fuckin' problem is, Yoyo? You don't realize you're wearin' your ass on your head!
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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 »


Referenced in Brows Held High: Dead Man (2013) See more »


Back in the 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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The most under-rated film in history!
18 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

No one I ever mention this film to has heard of it, let alone seen it! I actually tried to see Thelma and Louise at the cinema when Night on Earth came out, but as it was sold out, I saw this instead - what a lucky break! The film is actually 5 short films of around twenty minutes, each one a taxi journey, taking place at the exact same moment in 5 cities across the world, from LA to Helsinki, via New York, Paris and Rome.

Without ruining the surprises contained (its unexpectedness is one of its delights) the film covers numerous emotions. At times it is utterly hilarious, at others it's sad and moving. It is pacy and yet considered, the characters are well painted, both by the writing and the acting, and the story lines engrossing yet punchy. There are some sub-titles, by the way, but please don't let that put you off. It's not one of those intellectual "aren't I clever" films.

If you like your films classy, well written, well acted, intelligent, thought provoking yet accessible, and with a great soundtrack (Tom Waits), then Night on Earth is for you! Share it!

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