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Writers:
Cunningham O'Keefe (written by) &
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Release Date:
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 16 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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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)
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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 Pérez Grobet (director of photography)
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 Alanis)
Maite Argüelles .... art department coordinator
Andrew Bernard .... art director: New York
Adán García .... on-set painter
Rodolfo Granados .... sculpture
Jordan Jacobs .... assistant art director
Pedro Neri Martinez .... greens foreman
Garry Pastore .... props
Federico Nava Patiño .... construction coordinator
Tomas Rodriguez Tovar .... leadman
Jorge Sainz .... draftsman
Juan Pablo Garcia Tames .... set designer
Gabriel Tapia .... assistant art department coordinator (as Gabriel Tapia Ramirez)
Tatiana Valdéz .... mural painter
Dennis Horwath Vazquez .... sign painter
Heidi Ma. Villalobos .... draftsman (as Heidi Villalobos Maya)
Mirko von Berner .... on-set decorator
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
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
David E. Baron .... second assistant camera: New York
Marco Polo Constandse .... video assist operator
Andy Day .... gaffer: New York
Michael Fradianni .... electrician
Mauricio Rubinstein .... additional photographer
Daniel Salk .... video assist
Marilou Vetter .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Adela Cortázar .... costume assistant
Gabriela Fernandez .... costume coordinator
Lupita Peckinpah .... wardrobe assistant
Autumn Saville .... costume shopper: New York
 
Editorial Department
Craig Cobb .... associate editor
Samara Levenstein .... assistant editor
Chris Patterson .... first assistant editor
John Dowdell .... hd 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
 
Other crew
David F. Bianculli .... production assistant
Liza Bigger .... production assistant
Keri Bruno .... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, Mexico
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
Melanio Filiberto Hebra .... consultant
Jonas Hendrix .... production assistant
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
Monica Nordhaus .... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, New York
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Rafael Pérez .... production assistant
Luis Ruiz .... production assistant
Diego Sandoval .... location manager
Pedro Sandoval .... assistant location manager
Josh Schneider .... accountant
Steve Solomon .... animal trainer
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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Additional Details

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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
Set in Cuba, the film was made entirely in Mexico, with Veracruz doubling as Havana. Julian Schnabel said the crew was so pleasant to work with that, if he was making a film in the arctic, he would use a Mexican crew.See more »
Quotes:
Reinaldo's Mother:Reinaldo, would you be sad if I died?See more »
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Por Que Me La Dejaste Querer?See more »

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53 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Thought Provoking Drama, 12 May 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

There's a lyrical quality to this film that makes the brutality of the oppression it depicts seem almost tangible, and `Before Night Falls, ` directed by Julian Schnabel, is photographed in a way that gives much of it something of a documentary feel (and, indeed, some archival footage is included), which defines the drama and adds to the overall impact of the film. And quite a story it is. The true story of writer Reinaldo Arenas (Javier Bardem), who was born in Cuba in 1943, it touches on his childhood, but concentrates on the '60s and '70s, during which time Arenas was considered a counter-revolutionary by the Cuban government because of his writing, as well as his homosexuality.

Schnabel pulls no punches as he presents an incisive picture of the suffering inflicted upon Arenas (and others) through the wanton mistreatment and discrimination of Castro's regime. Extremely well crafted and delivered, it's a film that makes a powerful statement about many of the things so many take for granted. Like freedom of speech and assembly. For as the film points out, in post-revolution Cuba, a gathering of more than three becomes a criminal offense; a group of people getting together for a poetry reading become criminals of the State, and the punishment for expressing one's own thoughts can be, at the very least, torture and imprisonment.

This is the environment in which Arenas grew and matured, as a person, a poet, a writer; still, he was irrepressible when it came to his work, and managed to create and have some of it published, but only by smuggling it out of Cuba (in one instance to France, where his book was named Best Foreign Novel of the year). It's a ruthless, uncompromising world Schnabel lays bare with his camera, and it's that realistic recreation of that very real time and place that is one of the strengths of this film. But what really drives it and makes it so compelling, is Bardem's incredible portrayal of Arenas.

To say that Bardem's performance was worthy of an Oscar would be an understatement; along with Ed Harris (in `Pollock'), it was quite simply one of the two best of the year (2000). In order to bring Arenas to life, it was necessary for Bardem to capture all of the myriad complexities of the man and the artist, which he did-- and to perfection. It's a challenging role, and Bardem more than lives up to it, with a detailed performance through which he expresses the physical, as well as the emotional aspects of the character: His mannerisms, his walk, the body language that says so much about who he is; how he copes with living in a seemingly hopeless situation. By the end of the movie, because of Bardem, you know who Reinaldo Arenas was, and you're not likely to forget him.

The most poignant scenes in the film are those in which Arenas' words are being recited as the camera creates a visual context for them, looking out through the window of a moving car or bus at the streets, towns, buildings and people, as Arenas describes them. These scenes fill the senses and are virtually transporting; and it is in them that the true poetic nature of Arenas is made manifest. It's beautiful imagery, and the contrast between the beauty of the words and the ugliness of the reality against which it is set is powerful. All of which is beautifully conceived and executed by Schnabel; an excellent piece of filmmaking.

In a dual supporting performance, Johnny Depp is effective as Bon Bon, a `queen' Arenas meets during his incarceration, and also as Lieutenant Victor, who oversees the prison. Each character is unique, and it's quite a showcase for Depp's versatility.

Rounding out the supporting cast are Olivier Martinez (Lazaro), Andrea Di Stefano (Pepe), Sean Penn (Cuco), Michael Wincott (Herberto), Pedro Armendariz Jr. (Reinaldo's Grandfather) and Vito Maria Schnabel (Teenage Reinaldo). A film that is not necessarily entertaining, and at times unpleasant to watch because of it's stark realism, `Before Night Falls' is, nevertheless, thought-provoking, riveting drama that is thoroughly engrossing. And it proves that beauty can indeed be found in the least likely of places. But it also makes you realize that it is up to each individual to care enough to seek it out, and to hopefully have the wisdom to realize it once it is found. And that's the real beauty of a film like this; it affords you the opportunity to do just that. I rate this one 10/10.

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