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Before Sunrise -- A French grad student named Celine (Julie Delpy) meets an American boy named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) on the Budapest-Vienna train. They get off the train in Vienna and hang out for a while.
Before Sunrise -- A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.


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Writers (WGA):
Richard Linklater (written by) &
Kim Krizan (written by)
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Release Date:
27 January 1995 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ethan Hawke ... Jesse

Julie Delpy ... Céline
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 ... Street Poet
Haymon Maria Buttinger ... Bartender
Harald Waiglein ... Guitarist in Club
Bilge Jeschim ... Belly Dancer
Kurti ... Percussionist
Hans Weingartner ... Cafe Patron
Liese Lyon ... Cafe Patron
Peter Ily Huemer ... Cafe Patron
Otto Reiter ... Cafe Patron
Hubert Fabian Kulterer ... Cafe Patron
Branko Andric ... Cafe Patron
Constanze Schweiger ... Cafe Patron

John Sloss ... Cafe Patron
Alexandra Seibel ... Cafe Patron
Georg Schöllhammer ... Cafe Patron
Christian Ankowitsch ... Cafe Patron
Wilbirg Reiter ... Cafe Patron
Barbara Klebel ... Musician on Boat
Wolfgang Staribacher ... Musician on Boat
Wolfgang Glüxam ... Harpsichord Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adam Goldberg ... Man Sleeping on Train (uncredited)

Paul Poet ... Guy in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Linklater 
Writing credits
Richard Linklater (written by) &
Kim Krizan (written by)

Produced by
Gregory Jacobs .... associate producer
Wolfgang Ramml .... co-producer
Gernot Schaffler .... co-producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Anne Walker-McBay .... producer
Ellen Winn Wendl .... co-producer
Original Music by
Fred Frith 
Cinematography by
Lee Daniel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
Casting by
Alycia Aumuller 
Judy Henderson 
Production Design by
Florian Reichmann 
Costume Design by
Florentina Welley 
Makeup Department
Karen Dunst .... hair stylist (as Karin Dunst)
Karen Dunst .... makeup artist (as Karin Dunst)
Production Management
Bernhard Schmatz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Buche .... second assistant director
E. Otto Sperl .... first assistant director
Art Department
Maria Bluemel .... stand-by props (as Maria Blümel)
Max Parovsky .... art department assistant (as Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky)
Michael Suchy .... property master
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Bell .... sound effects editor
Stan Ginsel .... assistant sound editor (as Stanley Ginsel)
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo consultant: Dolby
Tom Hammond .... supervising sound editor
Steve Jaszkowiak .... foley mixer
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator (as Paul Koronkiewiecz)
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Charles W. Ritter .... dialogue editor (as Chip Ritter)
Larry Seyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Russ Smith .... assistant sound editor
Reilly Steele .... adr mixer
Thomas Szabolcs .... sound mixer
Todd Toon .... foley editor
Patrick Giraudi .... foley editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Alexander .... Steadicam operator
Walter Bednarik .... dolly grip
Gabriela Brandenstein .... still photographer
Phillip Grausam .... electrician
Matthias Grunsky .... clapper loader (as Mathias Grunsky)
Susanne Habitzel .... best girl electric
Roland Heinrich .... grip
Thomas Horváth .... second electric (as Thomas Horvath)
Gero Lasnig .... gaffer
Francesco Lorusso .... grip
Heinz Menschik .... first assistant camera
Bernd Pfingstmann .... third electric
Clark Walker .... second assistant camera
Thomas Öhl .... electrician
Casting Department
Chloe Ernst .... casting associate: New York
Robyn Levinson .... casting assistant
James Pantone .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Lisa Pantone .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Regina Schlagnitweit .... casting: Austria
Birgit Sturm .... extras casting: Vienna People
Editorial Department
Barbara Albert .... assistant editor
Peter Fahrngruber .... avid consultant
Sheri Galloway .... second editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Eric A. Lewy .... first assistant editor
Christine Radovanov .... assistant editor
Music Department
Arlene Fishbach .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Michael Hopfgartner .... transportation captain
Stegan Stein .... driver: trailer (as Stefan Stein)
Other crew
Catherine Bauer .... production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicist
Uli Halbritter .... production coordinator
Jeff Hill .... publicity: Clein+White
Jérôme Jouneaux .... press attache: France
Philipp Kaiser .... location assistant
Alexander Kleinszig .... key production assistant
Kurt Werner 'Mingo' Krusche .... location manager (as Kurt 'Mingo' Krusche)
Avi Levy .... production accountant
Karol Martesko .... co-production liaison
Morgan Miles .... assistant production accountant
Axl Newrkla .... set location manager
Andrea Nunner .... accountant: Austria
Chris Paton .... unit publicist: DDA London
Monika Petrillo .... script supervisor (as Monika von Manteuffel)
Hans Weingartner .... production assistant
Reini Weissensteiner .... set production assistant (as Reinhard Weißensteiner)
Susanne Wouk .... set production assistant
Wolfgang Ainberger .... we wish to thank
Karen Arikian .... we wish to thank (as Karin Arikian)
Manfred Bartunek .... we wish to thank
Ivan Bigley .... we wish to thank
Arie Bohrer .... we wish to thank
Laura Duda .... we wish to thank
Courtney Eldridge .... we wish to thank
Jürgen Forster .... we wish to thank
Walter Galosch .... we wish to thank
Leonhard Gmür .... we wish to thank
Robyn Gray .... we wish to thank
Stefan Grissemann .... we wish to thank
Alexander Horwath .... we wish to thank
John Hunt .... we wish to thank
Heather McGrath Jacobs .... we wish to thank
David Jewell .... acknowledgment: poem "Delusion Angel" written by
Alan Jones .... we wish to thank
Gudrun Kampl .... we wish to thank
Constanze Kargl .... we wish to thank
Lynn Keller .... we wish to thank
Kurt Kren .... we wish to thank
Doris Krumpl .... we wish to thank
Shirley Linklater .... in memory of: my grandparents (as Shirley)
Amy Lowrey .... we wish to thank
Peter Muhr .... we wish to thank (as Peter)
Vesna Muhr .... we wish to thank
Jim Osborne .... we wish to thank
Katharina Pirker .... we wish to thank
Bernhard Praschl .... we wish to thank
Ulla Rapp .... we wish to thank
Christa Reeh .... we wish to thank
Stefan Ruul .... we wish to thank
Maria Schmidt .... we wish to thank
Franz Schwartz .... we wish to thank
Heinz Skala .... we wish to thank
Philipp Teuchtler .... we wish to thank
I.D. Lila von Schwarzenberg .... we wish to thank
Dagmar Wagner .... we wish to thank
Fritz Wagner .... we wish to thank (as Fritz)
Peter Wallner .... we wish to thank
Heinz Wendl .... we wish to thank
Cornelia Zweigert .... we wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for some strong language
105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:S | Germany:6 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIA (2013) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Norway:7 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 33555)
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Did You Know?

Numerous references to James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" can be found in "Before Sunrise." Both take place on June 16th, running into the early hours of June 17th. Both involve a journey around a single city (Dublin/Vienna) and include a visit to a graveyard. Jesse's real name is James (Joyce's first name) and, like Joyce, he spent a long time wandering around the cities of Europe instead of going home.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In Vienna, Jesse talks about his obsessive relationship with "Miss July, 1978" of Playboy magazine, then asks Celine if she knows Crystal. Playboy's Miss July 1978 was actually Karen Morton, cousin of 1970s model Elaine Morton.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)See more »
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Did Jesse and Celine really have sex during the night they spent together?
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104 out of 138 people found the following review useful.
One of the best films of the 1990s, 8 February 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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