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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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: Would you be in Paris by now, if you hadn't gotten off the train with me?
Celine: No not yet. What would you be doing?
Jesse: I'd probably be hanging around the airport, reading old magazines, crying in my coffee cause you didn't come with me.
Celine: Aww... Actually, I think I'd probably have gotten off the train in Salzburg with someone else.
Jesse: Oh, yeah? Oh, I see. So, I'm just that dumb American momentarily decorating your blank canvas.
Celine: I'm having a great time.
Jesse: Really?
Celine: Yeah.
Jesse: Me too.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

'Andante' from 'Sonata No. 1 In G Major, BWV 1027'
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kenneth Cooper
Courtesy of Sony Music Licensing
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The beauty is the simplicity of magnificent human emotion.
8 March 2000 | by lady_writerSee all my reviews

'Before Sunrise' is not a film to be scrutinised, nor studied. The absolute beauty of it lies in its perfection as a simple love story - of two lives suddenly thrown together in the midst of reality, and the ensuing night of simple love that follows. Every individual at some time in life dreams of the connection that is portrayed in this film between Jesse and Celine, and few ever find it. 'Before Sunrise' simply and elegantly demonstrates how the most fundamental passions of human emotion can envelope two complete strangers. The beauty of this film is that the story is the most important element. The ending is both provocative and emotional - scenes of the night previously seen in darkness are now portrayed in lonely daylight as the sun rises and the story closes on these two characters.

I saw this film by accident one night late on television. I have never forgotten it. So well is it made that the audience never question if this could ever really happen in life, reality being so absolutely characterised in it.

'Before Sunrise' is simply the story of two strangers bound in Vienna's lonely night splendour - one night of love in all its glory, one superb piece of film making.


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Country:

USA | Austria | Switzerland

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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