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Night on Earth (1991)

Night on Earth (1991)

Night on Earth

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In this strangely compelling film, five entirely different cab rides in five locations around the world are shown unfolding simultaneously. Each ride is fraught with high drama; in one, an effusive Roman driver Roberto Benigni insists on confessing all his sexual encounters, including one with a sheep, to an extremely unwilling priest who inconveniently dies in his cab before his lengthy confession can be completed. Another story follows an encounter which puts the spunky rebel Winona Ryder in contact with the world-weary, matronly casting agent Gena Rowlands, who offers her young driver a chance to join the rich folks and become a movie star. Yet another story takes place between three drunken "celebrants" of a buddy's getting fired in snowy Helsinki, another takes place among African immigrants in Paris, and yet another takes place in New York. Each story strongly evokes a mood of time and place. Unlike most films by the experimental director Jim Jarmusch, this one enjoyed some (mild) popular as well as critical success.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2007
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

Cast

Gena Rowlands
as Victoria
Beatrice Dalle
as Blind Woman
Lisanne Falk
as Rock Manager
Romolo di Biasi
as Angry Driver
Alan Randolph Scott
as 1st Rock Musician
Anthony Portillo
as 2nd Rock Musician
Richard Boes
as 1st Cab Driver
Pascal Nzonzi
as 1st Passenger
Emile Abossolo-M'bo
as 2nd Passenger
Stéphane Boucher
as Man in Accident
Noel Kaufmann
as Man on Motorcycle
Gianni Schettino
as 1st Transvestite
Antonino Ragusa
as 2nd Transvestite
Romolo DiBiasi
as Angry Driver
Donatella Servadio
as Voice of Dispatcher ...
Tomi Salmela
as 3rd Man
Eija Vilpas
as Voice of Dispatcher ...
Jaakko Talaskivi
as 1st Factory Worker
Klaus Heydemann
as 2nd Factory Worker
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Critic Reviews for Night on Earth

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Though it may take a while to get Jarmusch's gist, hang in there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most filmmakers don't even notice.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

"Night on Earth" sounds better than it turns out to be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Jarmusch's lackadaisical minimalist aesthetic and his chronic lack of energy are the only unifying elements.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

At the end, we have learned no great lessons and arrived at no thrilling conclusions, but we have shared the community of the night, when people are unbuttoned and vulnerable - more ready to speak about what's really on their minds.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Night on Earth dawdles a bit, and a couple of the segments, notably the one in Helsinki, feel like half-baked epiphanies. Throughout, though, there are moments that catch you delightfully off guard.

Full Review… | December 12, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Night on Earth

½

I may be over inflating the rating by just a bit (maybe a half-star too many), but this movie, or better yet, collection of five related vignettes really got to be on a deep level. This ended up being the perfect movie for a stay at home dinner/movie date. The connection between the five stories is that they all take place on the same night in five different cities around the world, and each story looks at the interaction between a cabbie and their passenger(s). In the end, this becomes a connection of character studies, of life itself, and how it seems that only at night are people truly open with their words and feelings. It's quirky, funny (at times down right hilarious), and ultimately moving and heartfelt. Check this one out. Unlike Rachel Getting Married (among others), this is an indie film that doesn't suck.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

With this collection of shorts Jarmusch still has done no wrong. I especially love the first sequence with Gena Rowlands and Winona Ryder as well as the sequence with Giancarlo Esposito and Rosie Perez.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

½

I so don't believe Winona Ryder as a cab driver but I think that's the point.

jennifxu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Night on Earth Quotes

Corky: Take it easy.
Victoria Snelling: Sure, mom.
– Submitted by Ethan H (19 months ago)
Gino: A bishop; he weighs more like a cardinal!
– Submitted by T William A (4 years ago)
Gino: I shouldn't have told him about the sheep and Monica.
– Submitted by T William A (4 years ago)
YoYo: Helmet, that's a fucked up name.
– Submitted by T William A (4 years ago)

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