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Synopsis

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 take up Victoria's offer to make her a superstar. In New York City, novice East German cabbie Helmut Grokenberger (Armin Mueller-Stahl) has difficulty working the foot pedals to his hack, and his passenger, YoYo (Giancarlo Esposito), ends up driving himself to Brooklyn, picking up the shrill-voiced Angela (Rosie Perez) along the way. In Paris, an African cab driver (Isaach De Bankolé) ejects a collection of drunken African diplomats from his cab and picks up a beautiful but surly blind girl (Béatrice Dalle). In Rome, cab driver Gino (Roberto Benigni) engages in a heartfelt monologue confessing his past sexual exploits to his passenger, a priest who is dying of a heart attack in the back seat. The film winds down in the last melancholy vignette, taking place in Helsinki, as taxi driver Mika (Matti Pellonpää) picks up three inebriated workmen who regale him with hard-luck stories. But Mika has a much harsher story of his own to tell.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Gena Rowlands
  • Winona Ryder
  • Lisanne Falk
  • Alan Randolph Scott
  • Anthony Portillo
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Rosie Perez
  • Richard Boes
  • Isaach De Bankolé

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The Roman taxi driver (Roberto Benigni) has an 8-ball as a gearstick knob. In Down by Law (1986), Benigni played a character who killed a man using an 8-ball.
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Goofs

  • Winona Ryder's character opens the trunk through the missing rear window, but from the inside of the car it appears that the window is not missing.
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Quotes

    • Paris Driver: Don't blind people usually wear dark glasses?
    • Blind Woman: Do they? I've never seen a blind person.
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Metacritic

100

Jarmusch is a true visionary; he knows his films can't bring order to the ravishing chaos around him, but he can't resist the fun of trying. In this compassionate comedy of missed connections, he makes us see the ordinary in fresh and pertinent ways. But the flickers of humanity in those taxis are soon dulled by barriers of time, sex, race, language and money. They are flickers in a vast emotional void.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
88

In Night on Earth, Jarmusch is painting with colors he has never used before. The transformation is thrilling.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
88

Jarmusch playfully blurs the line between driver/passenger, servant/customer, and native/immigrant, presenting these divisions as virtually meaningless social constructs which merely breed unnecessary contempt.

Metacritic review by Derek Smith
Derek Smith
Slant Magazine