Night on Earth


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.

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Gena Rowlands
as Victoria
Beatrice Dalle
as Blind Woman
Romolo di Biasi
as Angry Driver
Lisanne Falk
as Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott
as 1st Rock Musician
Anthony Portillo
as 2nd Rock Musician
Richard Boes
as 1st Cab Driver
Pascal N'Zonzi
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 (Rome)
Tomi Salmela
as 3rd Man
Eija Vilpas
as Voice of Dispatcher (Helsinki)
Jaakko Talaskivi
as 1st Factory Worker
Klaus Heydemann
as 2nd Factory Worker
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Critic Reviews for Night on Earth

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  • 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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • "Night on Earth" sounds better than it turns out to be.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, Jarmusch's lackadaisical minimalist aesthetic and his chronic lack of energy are the only unifying elements.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 12, 1991 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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
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

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

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


Very funny and even touching at times. An odd cult film made in the way only Jarmusch can. Worth it for Benigni's segment alone.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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