A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

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Richard Linklater
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Jesse
Julie Delpy ... Céline
Andrea Eckert Andrea Eckert ... Wife on Train
Hanno Pöschl Hanno Pöschl ... Husband on Train
Karl Bruckschwaiger Karl Bruckschwaiger ... Guy on Bridge
Tex Rubinowitz Tex Rubinowitz ... Guy on Bridge
Erni Mangold ... Palm Reader
Dominik Castell Dominik Castell ... Street Poet
Haymon Maria Buttinger ... Bartender
Harald Waiglein Harald Waiglein ... Guitarist in Club
Bilge Jeschim Bilge Jeschim ... Belly Dancer
Kurti Kurti ... Percussionist
Hans Weingartner ... Cafe Patron
Liese Lyon Liese Lyon ... Cafe Patron
Peter Ily Huemer Peter Ily Huemer ... Cafe Patron
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Storyline

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? Written by randywong70@comcast.net

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Jump on and live a Eurorail journey you will never forget! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Richard Linklater spent nine months casting the film because he saw so many people but had trouble finding the right actors for the roles of Jesse and Céline. See more »

Goofs

As Jesse and Celine are leaving the homeless poet, his cigarette is burning close to the butt, but in the next shot his cigarette is whole again. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: There's these breeds of monkeys, right, and all they do is have sex, all the time, you know? And they turn out to be the least violent, the most peaceful, the most happy, you know? So maybe fooling around isn't so bad.
Celine: Are you talking about monkeys?
Jesse: Yes I'm talking about monkeys.
Celine: Ah, I thought so...
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Yakety Sax
Composed by Boots Randolph and James Rich
Performed by Boots Randolph
Courtesy of Masters International
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A Perfect Chemistry, In One of the Most Beautiful Romances I Have Ever Seen
30 March 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While traveling by train through Europe, the American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and the French Celine (Julie Delpy) meet each other and decide to spend the night together in Austria. On the next morning, Jesse returns to United States of America, and Celine to Paris.

"Before Sunrise" is one of my favorite romances, indeed one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen. It is a low budget movie with a very simple and real storyline, but the chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is perfect, and the dialogs are stunning. The direction is amazing, transmitting the feelings of Celine and Jesse to the viewer. I have just completed my review number 1,000 in IMDb, and I choose "Before Sunrise" for this significant number because it is a very special film for me. I cannot understand why this movie was not nominated to the Oscar, with such a magnificent screenplay, direction and performances. Yesterday I have probably watched this movie for the third or fourth time, and I still love it. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Antes do Amanhecer" ("Before Sunrise")


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Country:

USA | Austria | Switzerland

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before Sunrise See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,423,537, 29 January 1995

Gross USA:

$5,535,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,987,386
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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