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Jim Jarmusch (written by)
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Release Date:
12 December 1991 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Five Taxis. Five Cities. One Night.
Plot:
An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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One of the great "world-movies" See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gena Rowlands ... Victoria Snelling

Winona Ryder ... Corky
Lisanne Falk ... Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott ... Rock Musician #1
Anthony Portillo ... Rock Musician #2

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Helmut Grokenberger

Giancarlo Esposito ... YoYo

Rosie Perez ... Angela
Richard Boes ... Cab Driver #1

Isaach De Bankolé ... Driver - Paris

Béatrice Dalle ... 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

Roberto Benigni ... Driver - Rome
Paolo Bonacelli ... Priest
Gianni Schettino ... Transvestite #1
Antonio Ragusa ... Transvestite #2 (as Antonino Ragusa)
Nicola Facondo ... Lover
Camilla Begnoni ... Lover
Romolo Di Biasi ... Angry Driver
Donatella Servadio ... Dispatcher - Rome (voice)
Matti Pellonpää ... Mika
Kari Väänänen ... Man #1
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Man #2
Tomi Salmela ... Man #3
Eija Vilpas ... Dispatcher - Helsinki (voice)
Jaakko Talaskivi ... Factory Worker #1
Klaus Heydemann ... Factory Worker #2
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Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Produced by
Masahiro Inbe .... co-executive producer
Jim Jarmusch .... producer
Demetra J. MacBride .... co-producer
Rudd Simmons .... line producer
Jim Stark .... executive producer
Noboru Takayama .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tom Waits 
 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
 
Set Decoration by
Johan le Tenoux 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... hair stylist: Paris
Gina Belafonte .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Catherine Demesmeaker .... makeup artist: Paris
Kaija Ilomäki .... makeup artist: Helsinki segment
Christina Smith .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Meredith Soupios .... hair stylist: New York
Meredith Soupios .... makeup artist: New York
Pietro Tenoglio .... makeup artist: Rome
 
Production Management
Kathie Hersch .... production manager: New York
Pierre-Yves Parrinet .... unit manager: Paris
Manuela Pineskj .... production manager: Rome (as Manuele Pineski-Berger)
Gilles Sacuto .... production manager: Paris
Susan Shapiro .... production manager: Los Angeles
William Watkins .... unit manager: New York (as William H. Watkins)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roni Ben-Nevat .... second assistant director: New York
Olivier Coutard .... second assistant director: Paris
Jeanne Marie De la Fontaine .... first assistant director: Paris
Terence J. Edwards .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Stéphane Fontaine .... first assistant director: Paris
Nils Hoffet .... assistant director
Howard McMaster .... first assistant director: New York
Susan O'Leary .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Pauli Pentti .... first assistant director: Helsinki
Todd Pfeiffer .... second assistant director: New York
Joseph Rochlitz .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Diana Burton .... props master: second unit, New York
Jeff Butcher .... props master: New York
Kari Laine .... set decorator: Helsinki
Johan le Tenoux .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Laurent Saimond .... set decorator: Paris
Giuseppe Strino .... property master: Rome
Christian Waelder .... set carpenter: Los Angeles
Neal W. Zoromski .... property master: Los Angeles (as Neal Zoromski)
 
Sound Department
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer: second unit, New York
Moe Chamberlain .... boom operator: Los Angeles (as Patrick 'Moe' Chamberlain)
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... sound designer (as Anthony 'Chic' Ciccolini III)
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Thomas A. Gulino .... dialogue editor
Richard King .... foley editor (as Richard Q. King)
Drew Kunin .... location sound mixer
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
Richard Murphy .... boom operator: New York
Giampaolo Pippa .... boom operator: Rome
Rocky Quiroz .... boom operator: Los Angeles (as Raquel Quiroz)
Benno Schoberth .... assistant sound editor
Stuart Stanley .... dialogue editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip: second unit, New York (as Bob Andres)
Ray Blackburn .... best boy grip: New York
Stefan Bremer .... still photographer: Helsinki
Emanuele Chiari .... assistant camera
Catherine E. Coulson .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Catherine Coulson)
Etienne Debaudringhien .... best boy electrician: New York (as Etienne De Baudringhien)
Stéphane Fontaine .... first assistant camera: Paris
Bob Gambardella .... gaffer: New York (as Robert Gambardella)
Wm. Terrell Hasker .... grip: Los Angeles (as Terrell Hasker)
Mark Higashino .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Moune Jamet .... still photographer: Paris
Michael Katz .... lighting gaffer
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles (as Daniel Kneece)
Mitsuru Komori .... assistant still photographer: Los Angeles
Harri Laakso .... first assistant camera: Helsinki
Todd MacNicholl .... key grip: New York
Fabio Massimi .... grip: Rome
Mikko Mattila .... best boy grip: Helsinki
Dianne Miller .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
John Mitchell .... electrician: New York
Peter Morello .... second assistant camera: New York
Corrine Oréal .... second assistant camera: Paris
Ilkka Paloniemi .... electrician: Helsinki
Christine Parry .... still photographer: New York
René Pequignot .... key grip: Paris
Antonio Ponti .... assistant camera
Alberto Salandri .... electrician: Rome
Nicolas Sand .... gaffer: Paris
Michael Shore .... key grip
Sean Simeons .... still photographer: Rome
John Thomas .... gaffer: second unit, New York
Pia Tikka .... second assistant camera: Helsinki
Demmie Todd .... additional still photographer: New York
Salvatore Totino .... first assistant camera: New York
Riccardo Umetelli .... camera operator: Rome
Olli Varja .... gaffer: Helsinki
Lorna Wiley .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Jeff Zucker .... best boy electrician: Los Angeles
 
Casting Department
Susan Shopmaker .... extras casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magda Bava .... costume designer: Rome
Holly Davis .... wardrobe assistant: Los Angeles
Claire Fraisse .... costume designer: Paris
Barbara Gordon .... costume designer: Los Angeles
Tina Seppo .... costume designer: Helsinki
Alexandra Welker .... costume designer: New York
 
Editorial Department
Tim Brennan .... negative matcher
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Tony Grocki .... assistant film editor
Susan Littenberg .... apprentice film editor
Kimmo Taavila .... assistant editor: Helsinki
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Josef Brinckmann .... musician: accordian
Matthew Brubeck .... musician: cello
Ralph Carney .... musician: horns
Joe Gore .... musician: guitar
Mule Patterson .... musician: percussion
Jim Sotet .... musical advisor
Clark Suprynowitz .... musician: bass
Francis Thumm .... musician: keyboards
 
Transportation Department
Thomas H. Beattie .... driver: New York (as Thomas Beattie)
Leo Landa .... driver: camera car, Los Angeles
Harry J. Leavey .... driver: New York (as Harry Leavey)
James Leavey .... transportation captain: New York (as James F. Leavey)
Brian Maxwell .... driver: New York
 
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary: Helsinki
Erkki Astala .... production secretary: Helsinki
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Beth Bernstein .... assistant coordinator: Los Angeles
Maria T. Bierniak .... location assistant: New York (as Maria Bierniak)
Elisabeth Chochoy .... script supervisor: Paris
Mark Choi .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Mark Hunshik Choi)
Randy Day .... key set production assistant: Los Angeles
Michele De Lorimier .... production assistant: New York (as Michele de Lorimier)
Simon Egleton .... production assistant: New York
Martine Etchegaray .... production secretary: Paris
Mark Frazier .... production assistant
Mark Frazier .... production assistant: New York
Nathan Gendzier .... location manager: second unit, New York
Sandra Grubb .... assistant coordinator: Los Angeles (as Sandy Grubb)
Varda Hardy .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Eugene Hess .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Elizabeth Kaczmarzyk .... script supervisor: second unit, New York (as Elizabeth Kaczmarczyk)
Jody Katz .... travel arrangements: Hoffman Travel Service, Inc.
Daniel Kaufman .... production assistant (as Danny Kaufman)
Danny Kaufman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Lisa Krueger .... script supervisor: New York
Didier Landureau .... production assistant: Paris
Erkki Lume .... location manager: Helsinki
Joe McDougall .... location manager: Los Angeles
Gary Francis Minor .... production assistant: New York
Suzanne Molière .... office production assistant
Susan O'Leary .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Giorgia Onofri .... script supervisor: Rome
Thomas Patrick Petrilla .... production assistant
Lucy Pollak .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Edward Pollard .... production assistant: New York
Leo Santos .... production assistant: New York
Cornelius Schultze-Kraft .... office production assistant
Danielle Sotet .... production auditor
Birgit Staudt .... production coordinator
Daniel Strol .... location manager: New York
Molly Van Vleck .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Susanna Virtanen .... production consultant
Yvonne Woods .... production assistant: New York
Mandana Yamin .... production assistant: Los Angeles
 
Thanks
Claire Denis .... acknowledgment: advice and inspiration
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language, and some drug use
Runtime:
129 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original title of the film was (all small characters) "lanewyorkparisromehelsinki".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the Rome segment you can see several times a black car following the cab, probably the production crew.See more »
Quotes:
Driver:If there's no room at the Hotel Genius, I'll take a room at the Hotel Imbecile.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Back in the Good Old WorldSee more »

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61 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
One of the great "world-movies", 25 March 2003
Author: KWiNK from NRW, Germany

In the early 90's Jarmusch delivered this charmer, a movie that unites America and Europe through one single topic, yet shows very different versions of it.

At probably the exact same moment people around the globe get into taxis. A stylish Hollywood casting agent mounts a cab in L.A., in New York it's a hapless poor man trying to get home, in Paris we encounter a blind woman, in Rome a priest and in Helsinki a bunch of drunks will tell their story. Yes, indeed. Stories are told, because each episode is an encounter with the respective cabbie, who all have a life and a past of their own.

Wynona Ryder's performance of the 20-year-old, chain-smoking taxi driver does not work very well and also makes for the least interesting story. But Armin Müller-Stahl as an East-German refugee and former clown, who is awe-struck and belittled by the bustling NYC around him makes up for a lot. His helplessness when trying to communicate with his passenger, played by Giancarlo Esposito, almost becomes tangible when it manifests in his complete inability to steer the taxi. Within very few minutes the two men develop an utterly deep and good-humored trust and friendship between them. I'd call it the funniest portion of the movie, but in Rome we encounter Roberto Benigni as an always talking, sex-obsessed cabbie. His is the story we get the least emotional or intellectual outcome from, but, hey, welcome to the Benigni Show! If you are open-minded enough to laugh about a few surprises in the field of sexual experimentation (which we don't see but only hear described without too much detail), this one will stay with you as one of the brightest twenty minutes in your life. Before Rome we visit Paris with the most mysterious, yet most catching segment, a curious story about the afore-mentioned blind woman and a black cab driver, who - we can't be sure - might be going blind himself (he's very short-sighted and therefore has problems with driving his taxi) and has a lot of questions to ask. The woman, however, is not interested in conversation, yet we get the impression she opens up more than the driver realizes. In Helsinki a group of drunks tell the story of their sleeping friend's worst day. The cab-driver listens to it. It's a terrible story about a horrible predicament and the poor fellow's life basically lies in ruins. And yet the cabbie tops the story with one of the saddest things you'll ever have heard.

The concept of the movie thinks of night as a place rather than a time, because all of the stories begin at the same moment in time but in different time zones. We move east in the process of the film and so we experience sunset in Los Angeles and early morning in Helsinki. Each of these times lends a special atmosphere to the story it tells, which becomes the most effective in the Helsinki story, which is utterly sad, however ends with a new day starting. People leave their places and go about their lives - the world moves on, none of the stories has an ending, life for each of the characters (except one) will continue.

What's so great about this movie is that it tells such different stories with such different characters who all have different pasts and intentions, each accommodating the place of action (even visually - in L.A. even the buildings appear to be candy-flavored, while in Helsinki the city is cold, drab, yet hopeful) and it all comes together to this huge picture, which reminds us that we are all different but all live on the same planet and know similar things about life, death and everything in-between. I wonder what this movie would have been like, if Jarmusch had also considered taxis in non-western countries.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who... Oh, blast! I recommend this movie to everyone.

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