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Before Sunrise (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  27 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Eckert ...
Hanno Pöschl ...
Karl Bruckschwaiger ...
Tex Rubinowitz ...
Erni Mangold ...
Dominik Castell ...
Haymon Maria Buttinger ...
Harald Waiglein ...
Bilge Jeschim ...
Belly Dancer
Kurti ...
Hans Weingartner ...
Cafe Patron
Liese Lyon ...
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Peter Ily Huemer ...
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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 randywong70@comcast.net

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 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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Did You Know?


At the end of the film it is revealed that Jesse and Celine met on June 16th. This is the same date as in James Joyce's "Ulysses," which follows Leopold Bloom around Dublin for one day. June 16th is celebrated as "Bloomsday." See more »


Jesse and Celine are said to come from Budapest to Vienna, but in the train scene, there are forest and hills to be seen outside the window all the time. But there is no such landscape along the railway between Budapest and Vienna. In fact, the landscape looks more like the railway line west of Vienna, in the direction of Salzburg. This suggests that the movie was rather filmed there. See more »


Celine: Yeah.
Jesse: OK, well this was my thought: 50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there's, like, two million people on the planet. Now there's between five and six billion people on the planet, right? Now, if we all have our own, like, individual, unique soul, right, where do they all come from? You know, are modern souls only a fraction of the original souls? 'Cause if they are, that represents a 5,000 to 1 split of each soul in the last 50,000 years, ...
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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 The Third Man (1949) See more »


Sonata No. 8 In C Minor, Opus 13 ('Pathétique') Rondo: Allegro
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Ludwig Van Beethoven)
Performed by Istvan Szekely
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

Love Still Exists.
14 August 1998 | by (Norfolk, VA) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the most sincere and touching boy-meets-girl movies ever made. While "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Say Anything" deliver nice portrayals, this movies strips down useless subplots and Hollywood divergences. This movie focuses purely on watching the budding of a beautiful romance. You never doubt for a second that the film will lead towards the romantic pairing of these two people. You almost immediately sense the synergy and the chemistry between Jesse and Celine, and it is simply pure joy to watch them find it. This movie is mostly all dialogue -based. But, every conversation between these too is greatly intriguing. What makes this pairing so romantic is how real it is. How in all that conversation, while often having no real bearing on anything critical, you can sense the nuances as these two become more fond and trusting of each other. This is exactly they way you would dream that you meet that special someone. And what makes it so true is that it is not even too fantastic to believe. This could be what would happen if you had been confident enough to strike up a conversation with that person you noticed somewhere random. And what puts the icing on this film is the magnificent backdrop of Vienna in which this film takes place. It just adds to the feeling of romantic nirvana that the film suggests. And no matter how many times I watch this film, I don't think I will ever tire of that.

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