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Stranger Than Paradise ()


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A New Yorker's life is thrown into a tailspin when his younger cousin surprise visits him, starting a strange, unpredictable adventure.

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Willie
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Eva
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Eddie
Cecillia Stark ...
Aunt Lotte
Danny Rosen ...
Billy
Rammellzee ...
Man with Money
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Airline Agent
Richard Boes ...
Factory Worker
Rockets Redglare ...
Poker Player
Harvey Perr ...
Poker Player
Brian J. Burchill ...
Poker Player
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Girl with Hat
Paul Sloane ...
Motel Owner

Directed by

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Jim Jarmusch

Written by

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Jim Jarmusch ... (written by)

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Sara Driver ... producer
Otto Grokenberger ... executive producer

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John Lurie

Cinematography by

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Tom DiCillo

Film Editing by

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Jim Jarmusch
Melody London

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Tim Brennan ... negative matcher
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)

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Matt Buchwald ... (production assistant)
Sam Edwards ... (production assistant)
Louis Tancredi ... (production assistant)
Stephen Torton ... (production assistant)

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Sara Driver ... production manager

Sound Department

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John Auerbach ... sound editor
Jack Cooley ... re-recording mixer
Ollie Cotton ... sound recording engineer
Greg Curry ... sound
Drew Kunin ... production sound mixer
Melody London ... sound editor

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Paul Gibson ... assistant camera
James Hayman ... assistant camera
Frank Prinzi ... gaffer / grip
Li-Shin Yu ... assistant camera

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Jill Jaffe ... musician: viola (The Paradise Quartet) (as Jill B. Jaffe)
Eugene J. Moye ... musician: cello (The Paradise Quartet) (as Eugene Moye)
Mary Rowell ... musician: violin (The Paradise Quartet) (as Mary L. Rowell)
Kay Stern ... musician: violin (The Paradise Quartet)

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Matt Buchwald ... production assistant
Guido Chiesa ... production assistant
Guido Chisea ... production assistant
Sam Edwards ... production assistant
Suzanne Fletcher ... title designer
Tom Jarmusch ... production assistant
Una McClure ... production assistant
Louis Tancredi ... production assistant
Stephen Torton ... production assistant

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Paul Bartel ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along with a friend, they eventually end up visiting their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to Florida where they lose all their money gambling before unwittingly gaining a fortune. Written by J.Arnold Free and Brian McInnis

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Also Known As
  • Extraños en el paraíso (Spain)
  • Estranhos no Paraíso (Brazil)
  • Stranger Than Paradise - Più strano del paradiso (Italy)
  • Mai strãin decât paradisul (Romania)
  • Čudnije od raja (Serbia)
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  • 89 min
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Budget $90,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Jim Jarmusch was dismayed to discover all the money he paid for the rights to Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" went to the record company, with nothing going to Hawkins himself. When the film earned a profit, Jarmusch took it upon himself to track down Hawkins (who was living in a trailer park, at the time) and give him some money. It was the beginning of a friendship between the two which lasted until Hawkins' death. According to Jarmusch, Hawkins continuously promised to pay him back, despite Jamursch's insistence that the money was a gift. See more »
Goofs When Eddie and Willie are driving to Cleveland, the camera and camera operator can be seen in the reflection of the rear view mirror. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Stranger Than Paradise (1983). See more »
Soundtracks I Put a Spell on You See more »
Quotes Eddie: You know, it's funny... you come to someplace new, an'... and everything looks just the same.
Willie: No kiddin', Eddie.
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