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Before Sunrise (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  29 January 1995 (USA)
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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.


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American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? Written by

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Can the greatest romance of your life last only one night? See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antes del amanecer  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)


$5,400,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The screenplay was written in eleven days. See more »


When the two meet on the train and engage in conversation, the views outside the train don't match when we cut back and forth between Jesse and Celine. See more »


Celine: I don't think we should sleep together. I mean, I want to, but since we're never gonna see each other again, it will make me feel bad. I'll wonder who else you're with. I'll miss you.
Celine: I know. It's not very adult. Maybe it's a female thing. I can't help it.
Jesse: Let's see each other again.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: In Memory Of My Grandparents Thelma and Charles Krieger Ada and Cecil Harmon Shirley and Charles Linklater See more »


References My Darling Clementine (1946) See more »


Living Life
Composed by Daniel Johnston
Performed by Kathy McCarty
Courtesy of Bar/None Records
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User Reviews

A Perfect Chemistry, In One of the Most Beautiful Romances I Have Ever Seen
30 March 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While traveling by train through Europe, the American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and the French Celine (Julie Delpy) meet each other and decide to spend the night together in Austria. On the next morning, Jesse returns to United States of America, and Celine to Paris.

"Before Sunrise" is one of my favorite romances, indeed one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen. It is a low budget movie with a very simple and real storyline, but the chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is perfect, and the dialogs are stunning. The direction is amazing, transmitting the feelings of Celine and Jesse to the viewer. I have just completed my review number 1,000 in IMDb, and I choose "Before Sunrise" for this significant number because it is a very special film for me. I cannot understand why this movie was not nominated to the Oscar, with such a magnificent screenplay, direction and performances. Yesterday I have probably watched this movie for the third or fourth time, and I still love it. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Antes do Amanhecer" ("Before Sunrise")

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