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Night on Earth (1991) Poster

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Much of Roberto Benigni's dialogue was unscripted and was spontaneously improvised by the actor.
The original title of the film was (all small characters) "lanewyorkparisromehelsinki".
The names of the Finnish taxi driver and his sleeping drunken passenger are Mika and Aki, after the Kaurismäki brothers. The Helsinki story is Jim Jarmusch's tribute to their filmmaking.
The names "Mika" and "Aki" are taken from directors Mika Kaurismäki and Aki Kaurismäki. Brothers Kaurismäki have also frequently used the main cast of the Finnish segment (Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen and Sakari Kuosmanen)
Jim Jarmusch wrote the script in eight days.
The role of Corky was written especially for Winona Ryder.
The Roman taxi driver (Roberto Benigni) has an 8-ball as a gearstick knob. In Down by Law (1986), Benigni played a character who killed a man using an 8-ball.
The name of New York taxi driver (Helmut) was taken from a member of the crew of Down by Law (1986), also directed by Jim Jarmusch.
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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).
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The song the Rome taxi driver tries to sing is the traditional song, "The Streets of Laredo", also known as "The Cowboy's Lament".
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The t-shirt that Winona Ryder's character Corky features a 7" vinyl record printed on it. The record is the single 'Search and Destroy' by Iggy and the Stooges released in 1973.
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