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Before Sunrise (1995)

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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 ...
Wife on Train
Hanno Pöschl ...
Husband on Train
Karl Bruckschwaiger ...
Guy on Bridge
Tex Rubinowitz ...
Guy on Bridge
Erni Mangold ...
Palm Reader
Dominik Castell ...
Harald Waiglein ...
Guitarist in Club
Bilge Jeschim ...
Belly Dancer
Kurti ...
Cafe Patron
Liese Lyon ...
Cafe Patron
Peter Ily Huemer ...
Cafe Patron


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


... When love can come as a complete surprise See more »


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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,423,537, 29 January 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


As Jesse and Celine are leaving the homeless poet, his cigarette is burning close to the butt, but in the next shot his cigarette is whole again. See more »


Celine: You know, I've been wondering lately. Do you know anyone who's in a happy relationship?
Jesse: Uh, yeah, sure. I know happy couples. But I think they lie to each other.
Celine: Hmf. Yeah. People can lead their life as a lie. My grandmother, she was married to this man, and I always thought she had a very simple, uncomplicated love life. But she just confessed to me that she spent her whole life dreaming about another man she was always in love with. She just accepted her fate. It's so sad.
Jesse: I guarantee you, it...
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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 »


Referenced in Forget Paris (2011) See more »


'Andante' from 'Sonata No. 1 In G Major, BWV 1027'
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kenneth Cooper
Courtesy of Sony Music Licensing
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24 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

What an incredibly brave and honest look at relationships. I've have never seen a film so precisely and brilliantly capture this kind of emotion and transfer it to the screen the way Before Sunrise does. What a crime that neither Ethan Hawke or Julie Delpy was nominated for any major acting awards, actually screw that! What a crime it was that they didn't both sweep every major acting award altogether and that Richard Linklater didn't get any recognition for the screenwriting or brilliant directing of his wonderful actors! Loved the ending (as much as it pained me at the same time), loved how after it all they go back and show every location that the couple shared together. Loved how the dialogue never wavers, never addressing the relationship directly but allows us to indirectly see a geniune bond forming through the body language, facial expressions, and the dialogue, ooooohhh the dialogue. Every bit of it plucked right from those top ten late night conversations we've all had with close friends whether it was serious or in jest. And respect to Linklater for keepin it real, the movie was rated R cause of a couple minor swear words? Could of easily been removed without really desecrating the film but he keeps it in anyways. Screw you hollywood, your 'romantic comedies', your Freddie Prinze Jr.'s, your 'take the glasses off the girl and now she's pretty' movies. This is real romance! This is what I come to the movies for, to think, to be provoked and to be swept away by the magic that only cinema can provide. Before Sunrise has single-handedly reminded me about why I goto the movies......

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