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Until the End of the World (1991)

Bis ans Ende der Welt (original title)
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In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Peter Carey (screenplay), Wim Wenders (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Solveig Dommartin ... Claire Tourneur
Pietro Falcone Pietro Falcone ... Mario
Enzo Turrin Enzo Turrin ... Arzt
Chick Ortega Chick Ortega ... Chico Rémy
Eddy Mitchell ... Raymond Monnet
William Hurt ... Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
Adelle Lutz Adelle Lutz ... Makiko
Ernie Dingo ... Burt
Jean-Charles Dumay Jean-Charles Dumay ... Automechaniker
Sam Neill ... Eugene Fitzpatrick
Ernest Berk Ernest Berk ... Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein Christine Oesterlein ... Irina Farber
Rüdiger Vogler ... Phillip Winter
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Hotelportier
Amália Rodrigues Amália Rodrigues ... Frau in Strassenbahn (as Amalia Rodrigues)
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Storyline

Set in 1999, a woman (Dommartin) has a car accident with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the bank money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law (Hurt), an American who is being chased by the CIA. The charges are false, he claims. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and vision. On the run from both the bank robbers and the CIA, the couple span the globe, ending up in Australia at his father's (von Sydow) research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Hurt captured for his blind mother. Set in the futuristic year of 1999, a subplot about a damaged Indian nuclear satellite crashing and causing the end of civilization is a puzzling addition to the film. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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It's 1999. The government will kill for his invention. One woman will do anything for his love. Together they share an adventure that circles the globe - And invades the mind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | France | Australia | USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | Japanese | German

Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Until the End of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$752,856
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (1991 European cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | LC-Concept Digital Sound (France)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When Bert is shown as the guitarist in Chico's impromptu band for the first time, he hands the guitar to the green-shirted man on the bridge while the rest of the band keeps playing. But when the scene cuts to a different angle, Bert is still playing the guitar. See more »

Quotes

Claire Tourneur: I just want my money back.
Eugene Fitzpatrick: [looking speculatively at the "Bounty Bear" interface] How much would it cost to set me up with one of these hard and soft?
Claire Tourneur: Gene?
Phillip Winter: No, no, no, please. Marry her. Slap her around. But, don't go chasing after this guy. She's not going to fuck you, she wants to fuck him!
Eugene Fitzpatrick: I don't think you quite understand the nature of our relationship.
Phillip Winter: Besides, you're out of your depth! To buy a computer from this... you think you're a detective? When you get back from Moscow you'll be ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The 280-minute version was shown at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2001 at the Directors Guild of America Theater, 110 W. 57th St., New York City. Wim Wenders was at the screening and announced this version would be released on DVD. The Area 2 "Arthaus" DVD release of 2005 indeed runs 279 minutes and is presented in the "trilogy format" of three parts each between 91 and 97 minutes long. See more »

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Soundtracks

Love Theme
Written by Graeme Revell
Performed by David Darling (cello solo)
Courtesy of Trans Glide Music BMI
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A rare pleasure
3 July 2004 | by haddockySee all my reviews

In its full length version this film is a really absorbing and enjoyable piece of work. I saw it at the National Film Theatre in London years ago, expecting to find the length a serious problem but knowing that I might not get another chance.

As it turned out there were two intervals and the fact that it took a whole afternoon added to the enjoyment... the absorption drew me in.

I never saw the short version but its relative lack of success suggests that the edit wasn't wholly successful. I don't know if the long version circulates in any form these days but if the chance arises to see it take an afternoon off, make sure the cinema has a nice cafe and settle down for a unique film.


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