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Before Sunrise (1995)

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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Storyline

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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Jump on and live a Eurorail journey you will never forget! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,423,537 (USA) (29 January 1995)

Gross:

$5,535,405 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before Sunrise (1995) only grossed $5 million domestically which is extremely low. However, adjusted for inflation, it becomes the highest-grossing film of the Before trilogy at $10.5 million. While the films were not in high demand at the box office, Linklater, Hawke and Delpy all wanted to make a sequel and did so with Before Sunset (2004) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Celine: I had worked for this old man and once he told me that he had spent his whole life thinking about his career and his work. And he was fifty-two and it suddenly struck him that he had never really given anything of himself. His life was for no one and nothing. He was almost crying saying that.
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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 »

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References My Life to Live (1962) See more »

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Dancing With Da Rat
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User Reviews

The beauty is the simplicity of magnificent human emotion.
8 March 2000 | by (Stirling, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Before Sunrise' is not a film to be scrutinised, nor studied. The absolute beauty of it lies in its perfection as a simple love story - of two lives suddenly thrown together in the midst of reality, and the ensuing night of simple love that follows. Every individual at some time in life dreams of the connection that is portrayed in this film between Jesse and Celine, and few ever find it. 'Before Sunrise' simply and elegantly demonstrates how the most fundamental passions of human emotion can envelope two complete strangers. The beauty of this film is that the story is the most important element. The ending is both provocative and emotional - scenes of the night previously seen in darkness are now portrayed in lonely daylight as the sun rises and the story closes on these two characters.

I saw this film by accident one night late on television. I have never forgotten it. So well is it made that the audience never question if this could ever really happen in life, reality being so absolutely characterised in it.

'Before Sunrise' is simply the story of two strangers bound in Vienna's lonely night splendour - one night of love in all its glory, one superb piece of film making.


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