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26 January 2001 (USA) See more »
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Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Many praises for a movie about freedom and artistic expression See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Olatz López Garmendia ... Reinaldo's Mother (as Olatz Lopez Garmendia)
Giovanni Florido ... Young Reinaldo (as Giovani Florido)
Loló Navarro ... Reinaldo's Grandmother
Batan Silva ... Reinaldo's Father (as Sebastián Silva)
Carmen Beato ... Teacher
Cy Schnabel ... Smallest School Child (as Cy)
Olmo Schnabel ... Smallest School Child
Vito Maria Schnabel ... Teenage Reinaldo

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Reinaldo's Grandfather (as Pedro Armendáriz)

Diego Luna ... Carlos

Lia Chapman ... Lolin

Sean Penn ... Cuco Sanchez

Jerzy Skolimowski ... Professor
Aquiles Benites ... Translator
Ewa Piaskowska ... Pretty Blonde Student

Javier Bardem ... Reinaldo Arenas
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... María Teresa Freye de Andrade

Michael Wincott ... Heberto Zorilla Ochoa

Hector Babenco ... Virgilio Piñera

Andrea Di Stefano ... Pepe Malas
Marlene Díaz ... Woman in car #1
Olga Borayo ... Woman in car #2
Santiago Magill ... Tomas Diego
Manolo García ... Faustino
Lola Schnabel ... Girl With Keys

Ofelia Medina ... Landlady
Lois Barragán ... Woman - UNEAC (as Lois Barragan)
Eduardo Antonio ... Nightclub Singer

Stella Schnabel ... Valeria

Olivier Martinez ... Lazaro Gomez Carilles
Manuel González ... Jose Lezama Lima (as Manuel Gonzalez)

Maurice Compte ... Nicolas Abreu
Claudette Maillé ... Maria Luisa Lima (as Claudette Maille)

John Ortiz ... Juann Abreu

Vincent Laresca ... Jose Abreu

Rene Rivera ... Recruit Driver
Chanel Puertas ... Blonde on the beach
Manolo Rivero ... Royal Gay
Nemo ... Pedro the bus driver
Andrea Fassler ... French Tourist
Magda ... Santería Dancer
Julian Bucio ... Violent Soldier
Jorge Zárate ... Prosecutor (as Jorge Zaráte)

Najwa Nimri ... Fina Zorilla Ochoa
Francisco Gattorno ... Jorge Camacho (as Francisco Gatorno)

Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Margarita Camacho (as Marisol Padilla Sanchez)
Jorge Zamora ... Kid with Kite
Noel Medina ... Policeman on beach
Jorge Zepeda ... State Security on beach
Yulian Díaz ... Teenager #1 (as Julyan Díaz)

Eduardo Arroyuelo ... Teenager #2
Antonio Zavala Kugler ... Stranger in Lenin Park
Eloy Ganuza ... State Security in Lenin Park

Khotan ... Young Man with bird
René Pereyra ... Antonio (as Rene Pereira)
Abel Woolrich ... Hungry Inmate
Mario Oliver ... Gay Inmate
Robertico Valdez ... Singing Prisoner

Johnny Depp ... Bon Bon / Lieutenant Victor
Claudio Osoria ... Guard at El Morro
Alfredo Villa ... Armando García

Diahnne Abbott ... Blanca Romero (as Diahnne Déa)
Caridad Martinez ... Dancer in the convent
Zulema Cruz ... Zulema
Annie Gil ... Blanca's Teenage Daughter
Filiberto Estrella ... Dwarf
Juan Cristóbal Murillo ... Immigration Officer (as Juan Cristobal Murillo)
Melanio Filiberto Hebra ... Man at Mariel Harbor (as Filiberto Hebra)
Matthias Ehrenberg ... Officer at Mariel Harbor (as Matthías Ehrenberg)
Jack Schnabel ... Mr. Greenberg
Esther G. Schnabel ... Mrs. Greenberg (as Esther Schnabel)
Xavier Domingo ... Death
Eric Springer ... Orderly
Jimmy Nugent ... Taxi Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Benjamín Benítez ... Rudy (uncredited)

Fidel Castro ... Himself (anti-Marielito speech) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Schnabel 
 
Writing credits
Cunningham O'Keefe (written by) &
Lázaro Gómez Carriles (written by) (as Lazaro Gomez Carriles) &
Julian Schnabel (written by)

Reynaldo Arenas (memoir "Before Night Falls") (as Reinaldo Arenas)

Jana Bokova (documentary "Havana")

Produced by
Matthias Ehrenberg .... associate producer (as Matthías Ehrenberg)
Jon Kilik .... producer
Olatz López Garmendia .... executive producer (as Olatz Lopez Garmendia)
Julian Schnabel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Xavier Grobet (director of photography) (as Xavier Pérez Grobet)
Guillermo Rosas (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Berenbaum 
 
Casting by
Monica Nordhaus 
 
Production Design by
Salvador Parra 
 
Art Direction by
Antonio Muño-Hierro  (as Antonio Muñohierro)
 
Set Decoration by
Laurie Friedman 
 
Costume Design by
María Estela Fernández  (as Mariestela Fernández)
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Campos .... hair stylist
Manolo García .... key hair stylist
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist
Nicki Ledermann .... makeup artist
Ana Lozano .... makeup designer
Sandra Migueli .... makeup artist
Kerrie R. Plant .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dante Aguilar .... unit manager: Mexico
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Matthias Ehrenberg .... unit production manager (as Matthías Ehrenberg)
Pamela Jaeckle .... unit manager: US
Mike Phillips .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giselle Gurza .... second second assistant director
Yvette Gurza .... second second assistant director
Batan Silva .... first assistant director (as Sebastián Silva)
Joaquin Silva .... key second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pedro Alanis Alanis .... paint foreman (as Pedro Alanís)
Maite Argüelles .... art department coordinator
Israel Becerril .... leadman
Andrew Bernard .... art director: New York
Darío Carreto .... assistant to set decorator (as Darío Ramos)
Luis Figueroa .... set dresser
Adán García .... on-set painter
Héctor Gil .... on-set dresser
Rodolfo Granados .... sculpture
Jordan Jacobs .... assistant art director
César Jiménez Rodríguez .... set dresser
Christopher Laguenes Villavencio .... set dresser
Fernando López Urquijo .... greens assistant
Pedro Neri Martinez .... greens foreman
Rogelio Nobara .... assistant to set decorator (as Rogelio Nobara Tamura)
Garry Pastore .... props
Federico Nava Patiño .... construction coordinator
Celso Peña .... property master
Tomas Rodriguez Tovar .... leadman (as Tomás Rodríguez Tovar)
Jorge Rodríguez Barajas .... assistant to property master
Jorge Sainz .... drafting
Diana Subiras Alfonso .... art department consultant
Juan Pablo Garcia Tames .... set designer
Gabriel Tapia .... assistant art department coordinator (as Gabriel Tapia Ramirez)
Óscar Tapia .... assistant to property master (as Oscar Tapia)
Tatiana Valdéz .... mural painter
Dennis Horwath Vazquez .... sign painter
Heidi Ma. Villalobos .... drafting (as Heidi Villalobos Maya)
Mirko von Berner .... on-set decorator (as Mirko Von Berner)
Alexander Wei .... art department coordinator: New York
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Albert Gasser .... sound effects editor
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Marissa Littlefield .... ADR editor
Glen Marullo .... sound mixer (as Glenn Marullo)
Steven Simons .... additional sound re-recording mixer
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Christian Wangler .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Alejandro Vázquez .... special effects coordinator: Effeccine
 
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Leung .... digital compositing supervisor
Matt McDonald .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luis Antonio Alegría .... assistant electrician
David E. Baron .... second assistant camera: New York
Marco Polo Constandse .... video assist operator
Fernando Coria Reyes .... company grip (as Fernando Coria)
Andy Day .... gaffer: New York
Jose De Jesus .... assistant electrician (as José de Jesús Macías)
Humberto Delgado .... key grip
Javier Enríquez .... gaffer
Edgar Ambriz Espinoza .... electrician (as Edgar Ambriz)
Michael Fradianni .... electrician
Miguel Ángel García .... best boy (as Miguel Angel Garcia)
Pedro Hernández Gonzalez .... company grip (as Pedro Hernández)
Antonio Huerta .... assistant electrician
Roberto Oviedo Vargas .... company grip (as Roberto Oviedo)
Roberto Oviedo Vargas .... electrician (as Roberto Oviedo)
Raúl Palacios .... electrician
Pedro Reyes .... generator operator
Jesús Rojas .... generator operator (as Jesús Rojas Juáre)
Adrian Romero .... company grip (as Adrián Romero Ramírez)
Mauricio Rubinstein .... additional photographer
Daniel Salk .... video assist
Miguel Ángel Sánchez .... dolly grip (as Miguel Angel Sánchez)
Marilou Vetter .... assistant camera
J. Manuel Álvarez Ambriz .... electrician (as Juan Manuel Alvarez)
 
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Adela Cortázar .... key wardrobe assistant
Adolfo Cruz Martínez .... wardrobe assistant
María de Jesús Lima .... wardrobe assistant
Gabriela Fernandez .... wardrobe coordinator (as Gabriela Fernández Suárez)
Zeferino Gutierrez .... wardrobe assistant (as Zeferino Gutiérrez Hernández)
Carlos 'Pollo' Munguia .... wardrobe assistant (as Carlos Munguía)
Lupita Peckinpah .... key wardrobe assistant (as Guadalupe Peckinpah)
Autumn Saville .... costume shopper: New York
 
Editorial Department
Craig Cobb .... associate editor
Fred Heid .... color timer
Samara Levenstein .... assistant editor
Chris Patterson .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
David Hamme .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Sandra Nash .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Laurie Anderson .... composer: additional music
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Steve Kasow .... assistant music editor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Olatz López Garmendia .... music supervisor (as Olatz Lopez Garmendia)
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Dean Parker .... music copyist
Lou Reed .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Aguilar Mario Alberto .... picture car assistant
Efraín Alfaro .... driver (as Efraín Alfaro Ramírez)
Alejandro 'Ronco' Arroyo .... transportation captain (as Alejandro Arroyo Labra)
Ernesto Avila Gutiérrez .... driver
Enrique Cetina Burgos .... driver
José Cruz .... driver (as José Cruz Garduño)
José de Jesús Macías .... driver
Rodrigo de la Cruz .... picture car assistant
Raúl García Esquivel .... picture car coordinator
Humberto Herrera Rodríguez .... driver
Francisco Morales .... driver (as Francisco Moreno Morales)
Juan Manuel Moreno Morales .... transportation coordinator
Eduardo Márquez .... driver (as Eduardo Marquez Acevedo)
Francisco Paredes .... picture car assistant
Braulio Piedra .... driver (as Braulio Piedra González)
Angel Ruíz Téllez .... driver
Tomás Tapia .... driver (as Tomás Tapia Cruz)
Gustavo Vallejo .... driver (as Gustavo Vallejo Navarette)
René Velasquez Vasquez .... driver
 
Other crew
Alfredo Aguilar .... catering assistant
Ana Ballesteros .... caterer
David F. Bianculli .... production assistant
Liza Bigger .... production assistant
Juana Bocanegra .... delegate: ANDA (as Juana Bocanegra Colín)
Keri Bruno .... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, Mexico
Flavio Castilleros .... first assistant accountant
Hortensia Castro .... second assistant accountant
Adrián Cervántes .... production assistant
Sylvie Chesneau .... script supervisor
Martin Corkidi .... production assistant
Robyn J. Davis .... production coordinator: US
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant
John B. Finn .... production accountant
Ofelia Flores Cárdenas .... catering assistant
Ariel García Espinoza Raymay .... dialogue coach
David García Hernández .... catering assistant
Melanio Filiberto Hebra .... dialogue coach
Jonas Hendrix .... production assistant (as Jonás Hendrix)
Josefina Hernandez .... catering assistant (as Josefina Hernández)
Sean Hogan .... first assistant accountant
Alejandro Iturriaga .... production assistant
Jon Kilik .... presenter
Michael C. Kingsley .... set production assistant: new york
Brian Lamia .... production assistant: New York
Susana Loyo .... production secretary
G. Pekas Lozano .... production coordinator: Mexico (as Gloria 'Pekas' Lozano)
Michelle Macirella .... production office assistant
Caridad Martinez .... choreographer (as Caridad Martínez Menocal)
Isabel Martinez .... production accountant (as Isabel Martínez)
Monica Nordhaus .... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, New York
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Estéban Pérez López .... talent payments
Héctor Pérez .... catering assistant
Rafael Pérez .... production assistant
Evangelina Resendiz Montalvo .... unit doctor (as Dra. Evangelina Resendiz)
Rafael Reyes .... utility stand-in
Rubén Rosales Roldán .... catering assistant
Luis Ruiz .... production assistant
Diego Sandoval .... location manager
Pedro Sandoval .... assistant location manager
Josh Schneider .... accountant
Fernando Solis .... catering assistant
Steve Solomon .... animal trainer
Armando Suárez Cobián .... dialogue coach (as Armando Suárez-Cobián)
Azucena Tiburcio .... catering assistant
Eduardo Téllez Cisnero .... utility stand-in
Gwenn Williams .... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, New York
Jorge Pupo .... spanish dialogue (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Laurie Anderson .... special thanks
Cydney Cort .... special thanks
Brian Eno .... special thanks
Eloy Ganuza .... special thanks
Lázaro Gómez Carriles .... dedicatee
Dennis Hopper .... special thanks
Orlando Jiménez Leal .... special thanks
Lou Reed .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Antes que anochezca" - USA (Spanish title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, some language and brief violence
Runtime:
133 min | South Korea:123 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:14A (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 (2007) (self applied) (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 (2006) (self applied) (TV rating) | France:U | Ireland:15 | New Zealand:R13 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:15 (cut) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 (cut) | UK:15 (uncut, 2011) | USA:R
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The director's wife plays Javier Bardem's mother. All of Schnabel's children have bit roles as well.See more »
Quotes:
Reinaldo Arenas:Walking along streets that collapse from crumbling sewers. Past buildings that you jump to avoid because they will fall on you. Past grim faces that size you up and sentence you. Past closed shops, closed markets, closed cinemas, closed parks, closed cafes. Sometimes showing dusty signs, justifcations: "CLOSED FOR RENOVATION," "CLOSED FOR REPAIRS." What kind of repairs? When will these so-called renovations be finished? When at last will they begin? Closed...See more »
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Por Que Me La Dejaste Querer?See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Many praises for a movie about freedom and artistic expression, 10 February 2001
Author: Preston-10 from Phoenix, Arizona

Before Night Falls is a brilliantly devised and executed account about the famed Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas. The film documents his childhood as a peasant, his support for Castro's rebels as an idealist youth, and as a man, his struggles, not just as an independent thinker but also as a gay man living in Communist Cuba. Throughout the film we respond to his hopes, fears, and claustrophobia as we witness the persecution of a true artist.

As a student of Latin American History and Literature I was pleased with the way the film handled the historical context of Arenas' time. The political context of Before Night Falls shouldn't come as any surprise. The artistic, social and political invisibility of gays in Cuba under the Cuban Revolution represented a dark stain on the revolutionary record. In 1965 Fidel Castro told Lee Lockwood (in Castro's Cuba, Cuba's Fidel) that `we would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true Revolutionary, a true communist militant. A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant Communist must be' In the mid-1960's, the infamous UMAP work camps (Unidades Militares de Auyuda a la Producción) sought to rehabilitate what they perceived as alleged antisocial elements. This is an event that is accurately depicted in Schnabel's film. The purges and denunciations of homosexuals continued into the 1980's. Today in Cuba discrimination against gays still represents a major problem. The revolution dealt with gender and racial discrimination but not with discrimination against gays. This is all documented with stunning use of archival footage and reference accounts from Arenas' autobiography.

Any review of the film would be incomplete without mentioning Javier Bardem's work. I have seen a lot of movies and few performances are even in the same league as Bardem's. I was fascinated with how he carried this film with a performance that must have been very difficult for him to adjust to. The supporting work by Johnny Depp should also be praised. His dual performance, for me, accurately identified how many within Castro's army may have used their positions as a front to deny their own sexuality as well. Overall, I was very impressed with this film and I highly recommend it

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