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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
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Trivia

Cinematographer Fred Elmes said that the best thing about shooting overnight in Paris was that the bakeries would just be opening as the crew wrapped every morning. So he could cap of his work day with a cup of coffee and a nice, fresh pastry. See more »

Goofs

Corky opens the trunk through the missing rear window, but from the inside of the car it appears that the window is not missing. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Snelling: Driving at night doesn't seem to bother you.
Corky: Why should it?
Victoria Snelling: For me it's a big problem. I have night blindness.
Corky: Is that something that happens when you get old?
Victoria Snelling: No. No, actually it isn't. It has nothing to do with age. I've had it all my life.
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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 Home Alone (1990) 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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Original, funny and tragic
3 June 1999 | by Apollo-14See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch does an excellent job in creating character conflict and intriguing, realistic dialogue. But what I admire most in this movie are the opening scenes of every segment. He knows how to capture the essence of every city and how to establish mood. National Geographic has nothing over Jarmusch's photographic talent.

All segments are well written and tie in with the respective cities that are the back drop of the film: LA, NY, Paris, Rome and Helsinki. The Helsinki segment is the most depressing and it's kind of a bummer that the movie had to end on that note. The Paris segment steals the show. Incredible camera work and terrific dialogue.

Overall, the movie gave me a renewed appreciation for cinema. Thanks Jarmusch.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,039, 3 May 1992

Gross USA:

$2,015,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,023,808
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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