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  • Actors: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk, Alan Randolph Scott, Anthony Portillo
  • Directors: Jim Jarmusch
  • Writers: Jim Jarmusch
  • Producers: Jim Jarmusch, Demetra J. MacBride, Jim Stark, Masahiro Inbe, Noboru Takayama
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Finnish, French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NSVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jim Jarmusch's film tells five separate stories which all happen on the same night in five different taxis driving through five cities around the world: a Hollywood casting agent feels her age in L.A.; a learner cabbie, who is a former circus clown, drives through Harlem carrying two arguing passengers; a blind woman (Beatrice Dalle) disorientates her driver in Paris; a non-believer (Roberto Benigni) finds a dead bishop in his back seat in Rome; and a driver in Helsinki and his passengers swap melancholy stories.

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Jim Jarmusch's 1991 ensemble comedy Night on Earth turns a gimmick into a revelation. The story begins in Los Angeles one evening at 7:07 pm A talent agent (Gena Rowlands) gets into the back of a taxi driven by a sullen, chain-smoking young woman (Winona Ryder), and over the course of their bumpy conversation, Rowlands' character becomes convinced that the cabby would be perfect for a particular part in a movie. Meanwhile, at that very moment, taxi drivers in New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki are all having unique encounters with a variety of fares, breaking through that invisible social barrier between the front and back seats of their cars, often to absurd or touching effect. Among them are cabby Roberto Benigni's ranting confessions to a priest, Armin Mueller-Stahl's relinquishing of the wheel to a stunned Giancarlo Esposito and Isaach De Bankolé's relentless discussion of sight and sex with an angry blind woman (Beatrice Dalle). What emerges is a chain of brief intimacies (not always welcomed by the characters), like a number of matches lit simultaneously across the globe, flickering brightly for a few short moments. This popular work by Jarmusch helped confirm his reputation as a fiercely independent filmmaker of rare perception, rigour and classical sensibility matched with original thinking. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Hall on 11 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
Five film-lets tracking five unrelated simultaneous nocturnal taxi journeys in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki, in that order. 'Los Angeles' makes a fairly dull opening, 'New York' is funny, 'Paris' thoughtful and 'Helsinki' darkly humourous. However, it is Roberto Benigni's hilarious performance as the manic taxi driver of 'Rome' which steals this film entirely.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2001
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Beautifully crafted tale of five simultaneous taxi rides, each in various cities around the world.
In each scene, driver and passenger are separated by more than the usual pane of glass - they are more like complete social, cultural and/or moral opposites. Jarmusch uses this clash to create side splittingly funny banter between the characters.
This film is laid back and there is no plot as such but it is definitely worth watching for the astutely observed dialogue.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2002
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Whenever You feel that life is against You, everything is gone and all You want to do is get lost in a bottle; listen to the Helsinki driver's story and You will realise that life is not so bad after all
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WOW! What a magnificent film – not at all what I had anticipated.

This MUST SEE film is on so many levels and has so much to say about human nature.

The concept of using a TAXI RIDE to show various ‘cabbies’ and ‘fares’ in various cities around the world, so as to give an insight into the various cultures that inhabit each city, together with the people’s attitudes and behaviour towards each other is a MASTERSTROKE.

We see the contrast of the various cityscapes – the filthy depressing New York smothered in graffiti (a cry for help) contrasted against loneliness and desperation in a sturdy clean, well-planned Helsinki; the quirkiness of Paris; the prettiness of Rome; and the mash-up of shanty-town poverty and walled-in gated ‘prison’ residences for rich people that is Los Angeles.

Then we see the contrasts of the citizens – the meeting of cultures; the racism; and the ‘holier than thou’ bigotry.
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By Ralf Togneri on 29 Nov. 2013
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The DVD was delivered from a German source in Europe. Annoying that I cannot get rid of the German sub-titles! The film itself however, is every bit as good as I remember from seeing it in the cinema.
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Great movie. Five different cab journeys across four different cities half hour before midnight. That's it. Realy simple idea but with some of the most fascinating charecters ever committed to film.
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Jim Jarmusch once said, "The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events." In his movie Night on Earth he has shown in a brilliant way that this is true.
For those who find the New York episode fascinating, a book has just been published dealing exclusively with that episode: Bernd Wahlbrinck, "Jim Jarmusch's NIGHT ON EARTH: THE NEW YORK EPISODE - with an appendix for English teachers" I think it's a treat ...
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Brilliant DVD, a must see movie. Funny, witty, very entertaining specially the scene where there is the taxi driver from Rome.
If you purchase this movie you will not regret it.
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