Night on Earth (1991)

Night on Earth



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Movie Info

Jim Jarmusch's deadpan comedy-of-the-night is a collection of five vignettes taking place in the enclosed space of a cab ride, each occurring simultaneously in five different cities and five different time zones -- Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. The Los Angeles episode takes place at dusk, as high-powered casting agent Victoria (Gena Rowlands) gets a ride from L.A. International Airport with tomboy driver Corky (Winona Ryder), who would rather go on driving her cab than … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2007
Criterion Collection


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as Blind Woman

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as Man on Motorcycle

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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


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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


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


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

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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