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.


Richard Linklater
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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


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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Can the greatest romance of your life last only one night? See more »


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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"Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?"
19 August 2007 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

Sweet and charming, funny and poignant, plot less but meaningful, "Before Sunrise" (1995), the third movie of Richard Linklater, is dedicated to everyone who ever been in love, is in love, or never been in love but still dreams of it and hopes to find it. It is one of the very rare movies that is/should/will be equally interesting to teenagers, their parents and even grandparents. It seems a very simple little movie with no spectacular visual effects, car chases, or long and steamy sex scenes. Two young people in their early 20s, two college students (American tourist Ethan Hawke who is returning home after the summer in Europe and the French student Julie Delpy who goes to Paris to attend the classes in Sorbonne) meet on a train. They are attracted to each other instantly even before they start talking, they hop off the train in Vienna where they walk around exploring the city all night. They talk and fall in love. That's it, that's the movie. It could've been boring and silly but instead, it is a lovely, believable, clever, and moving romance that only gets better with each viewing (at least, for this viewer). High praise and my sincere gratitude go to the director and writers for delivering two charming characters, superb writing, always interesting and witty dialogs, two awesome performances, and the atmosphere of magic that falling in love is. Julie Delpy, who looks like a Botticelli's angel, is great in portraying smart, independent, and incredibly attractive young woman.

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Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Austria See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,423,537, 29 January 1995

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