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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.

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Pietro Falcone ...
Mario
Enzo Turrin ...
Arzt
Chick Ortega ...
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Raymond Monnet
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Adelle Lutz ...
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Jean-Charles Dumay ...
Automechaniker
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Ernest Berk ...
Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein ...
Irina Farber
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Diogo Dória ...
Hotelportier
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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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Until the End of the World  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$752,856
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(director's cut) | (1991 European cut)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The film takes place in 1999. See more »

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

Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee: I am neither a spy nor a jewel thief.
Eugene Fitzpatrick: What are you then?
Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee: You don't know? You followed me all around the world and you don't know who I am?
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Claire's Theme
Written by Graeme Revell
Performed by David Darling (cello solo)
Courtesy of Trans Glide Music BMI
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Very, Very, Very Good.
31 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

The drifting curiosity of Claire Tourneau lends a feeling of calm to UTEOTW; she is the still center of this quiet film, which occupies a poetic lull before the millennial storm. As in most of Wenders' films, there are moments of great beauty, elevated by the use of silence-- the sudden quiet in the plane, as the shadow slips over the hills (this is my favorite moment in the film)-- and there are Wenders' usual striking, trademark images from a moving vehicle of the landscape racing by. This movie, about vision and re-vision, also has a lot to do with poetry and transportation, like "King of the Road" and "Alice in the Cities". The soundtrack is altogether delightful. Like all of Wenders' films, it is exactly a half-hour too long, but like most of his work, it just manages to redeem itself. I believe this is his best film after his masterpiece, "Wings of Desire".


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