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Night on Earth (1991)

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An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

Director:

Jim Jarmusch

Writer:

Jim Jarmusch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Victoria Snelling (segment "Los Angeles")
Winona Ryder ... Corky (segment "Los Angeles")
Lisanne Falk ... Rock Manager (segment "Los Angeles")
Alan Randolph Scott Alan Randolph Scott ... Rock Musician #1 (segment "Los Angeles")
Anthony Portillo Anthony Portillo ... Rock Musician #2 (segment "Los Angeles")
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Helmut (segment "New York")
Giancarlo Esposito ... YoYo (segment "New York")
Rosie Perez ... Angela (segment "New York")
Richard Boes Richard Boes ... Cab Driver #1 (segment "New York")
Isaach De Bankolé ... Driver (segment "Paris")
Béatrice Dalle ... Blind Woman (segment "Paris")
Pascal N'Zonzi Pascal N'Zonzi ... Passenger #1 (segment "Paris") (as Pascal Nzonzi)
Emile Abossolo M'bo Emile Abossolo M'bo ... Passenger #2 (as Émile Abossolo-M'bo)
Stéphane Boucher Stéphane Boucher ... Man in Accident (segment "Paris") (as Stephane Boucher)
Noel Kaufmann Noel Kaufmann ... Man on Motorcycle (segment "Paris")
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Storyline

A collection of five stories involving cab drivers in five different cities. Los Angeles - A talent agent for the movies discovers her cab driver would be perfect to cast, but the cabbie is reluctant to give up her solid cab driver's career. New York - An immigrant cab driver is continually lost in a city and culture he doesn't understand. Paris - A blind girl takes a ride with a cab driver from the Ivory Coast and they talk about life and blindness. Rome - A gregarious cabbie picks up an ailing man and virtually talks him to death. Helsinki - an industrial worker gets laid off and he and his compatriots discuss the bleakness and unfairness of love and life and death. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Five Taxis. Five Cities. One Night.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | UK | Germany | USA | Japan

Language:

English | French | Finnish | Italian | German

Release Date:

12 December 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

LANewYorkParisRomeHelsinki See more »

Filming Locations:

Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,015,810
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original title of the film was (all small characters) "lanewyorkparisromehelsinki". See more »

Goofs

In the Rome segment you can see several times a black car following the cab, probably the production crew. See more »

Quotes

Paris Driver: Don't blind people usually wear dark glasses?
Blind Woman: Do they? I've never seen a blind person.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the titles of the crew members are in the language of the place/unit they worked in (ie the Helsinki unit's credits are in Finnish, and so on). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drifting Clouds (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Old World
Written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Produced by Tom Waits
Arranged by Tom Waits and Francis Thumm
Jalma Music, Inc.
Administered by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Tom Waits performs courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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The most under-rated film in history!
18 September 2006 | by dominic-lynch-1See all my reviews

No one I ever mention this film to has heard of it, let alone seen it! I actually tried to see Thelma and Louise at the cinema when Night on Earth came out, but as it was sold out, I saw this instead - what a lucky break! The film is actually 5 short films of around twenty minutes, each one a taxi journey, taking place at the exact same moment in 5 cities across the world, from LA to Helsinki, via New York, Paris and Rome.

Without ruining the surprises contained (its unexpectedness is one of its delights) the film covers numerous emotions. At times it is utterly hilarious, at others it's sad and moving. It is pacy and yet considered, the characters are well painted, both by the writing and the acting, and the story lines engrossing yet punchy. There are some sub-titles, by the way, but please don't let that put you off. It's not one of those intellectual "aren't I clever" films.

If you like your films classy, well written, well acted, intelligent, thought provoking yet accessible, and with a great soundtrack (Tom Waits), then Night on Earth is for you! Share it!


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