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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.

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Cast

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Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott ...
Rock Musician #1
Anthony Portillo ...
Rock Musician #2
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Richard Boes ...
Cab Driver #1
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Pascal N'Zonzi ...
Passenger #1 (as Pascal Nzonzi)
Emile Abossolo M'bo ...
Passenger #2 (as Émile Abossolo-M'bo)
Stéphane Boucher ...
Man in Accident (as Stephane Boucher)
Noel Kaufmann ...
Man on Motorcycle
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 December 1991 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

LANewYorkParisRomeHelsinki  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,015,810
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The names of the Finnish taxi driver and his sleeping drunken passenger are Mika and Aki, after the Kaurismäki brothers. The Helsinki story is Jim Jarmusch's tribute to their filmmaking. See more »

Goofs

Cameras and studio lights are very visible in the sunglasses of the drivers in Los Angeles and Rome. See more »

Quotes

Paris Driver: I work from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., so don't fuck with me in my own taxi! I don't give a shit about you, Ambassador, OK?
Passenger #1: Can't we have some fun?
Passenger #2: We've had champagne and we're happy...
Paris Driver: No, you don't have fun in my taxi! It's my place of business, not your fucking playground! Okay, get out!
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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

References Popeye the Sailor (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime Blues
Performed by Blue Cheer
Written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, A Division of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
Warner-Tamerlaine Publishing Corp. (BMI)
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The most under-rated film in history!
18 September 2006 | by See 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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