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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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Tex Rubinowitz ...
Erni Mangold ...
Dominik Castell ...
Haymon Maria Buttinger ...
Harald Waiglein ...
Bilge Jeschim ...
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Kurti ...
Hans Weingartner ...
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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?


The idea for the movie came from a night Richard Linklater spent walking around Philadelphia with Amy, a woman he met. Contrary to the movie, they stayed in touch for a while, until contact was lost. Linklater never heard from her again, not even when he became a director and Before Sunrise (1995) was released. It was not for many years later that he found out that Amy had died in a traffic accident a few years after they had met. 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 »


Jesse: Listen, if somebody gave me the choice right now, of to never see you again or to marry you, alright, I would marry you, alright. And maybe that's a lot of romantic bullshit, but people have gotten married for a lot less.
Celine: Actually, I think I had decided I wanted to sleep with you when we got off the train. But now that we've talked so much, I don't know anymore.
Celine: Why do I make everything so complicated?
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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 L'Eclisse (1962) 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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User Reviews

One of the best films of the 1990s
8 February 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this film before a couple of weeks ago, but its concept interested me when I heard it: an American man meets a European woman on his last night in Europe and they spend the night together talking. It sparked my interest, but I never expected it to be this great. Before Sunrise is a masterpiece, and it's also one of the most romantic films on record. To my surprise, it completely lacked the cynicism of the 1990s. It's impossible to really talk too much about it, since there is no real plot, so to speak (although there are plenty of thoroughly interesting things you could talk about; it is sort of like My Dinner With Andre, where there is a conversation, but it's not JUST the conversation that matters), but let me just say, see it. SEE IT!

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