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Before Sunrise (1995)

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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

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Richard Linklater
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Jesse
Julie Delpy ... Céline
Andrea Eckert Andrea Eckert ... Wife on Train
Hanno Pöschl Hanno Pöschl ... Husband on Train
Karl Bruckschwaiger Karl Bruckschwaiger ... Guy on Bridge
Tex Rubinowitz Tex Rubinowitz ... Guy on Bridge
Erni Mangold ... Palm Reader
Dominik Castell Dominik Castell ... Street Poet
Haymon Maria Buttinger ... Bartender
Harald Waiglein Harald Waiglein ... Guitarist in Club
Bilge Jeschim Bilge Jeschim ... Belly Dancer
Kurti Kurti ... Percussionist
Hans Weingartner ... Cafe Patron
Liese Lyon Liese Lyon ... Cafe Patron
Peter Ily Huemer Peter Ily Huemer ... Cafe Patron
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Storyline

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? Written by randywong70@comcast.net

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... When love can come as a complete surprise See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

June 16th is also the day James Joyce met his life partner Nora Barnacle. He managed to talk her into running away with him to Paris, which is where the sequel Before Sunset (2004) is set. See more »

Goofs

Jesse and Celine are said to come from Budapest to Vienna, but in the train scene, there are forest and hills to be seen outside the window all the time. But there is no such landscape along the railway between Budapest and Vienna. In fact, the landscape looks more like the railway line west of Vienna, in the direction of Salzburg. This suggests that the movie was rather filmed there. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: Would you be in Paris by now, if you hadn't gotten off the train with me?
Celine: No not yet. What would you be doing?
Jesse: I'd probably be hanging around the airport, reading old magazines, crying in my coffee cause you didn't come with me.
Celine: Aww... Actually, I think I'd probably have gotten off the train in Salzburg with someone else.
Jesse: Oh, yeah? Oh, I see. So, I'm just that dumb American momentarily decorating your blank canvas.
Celine: I'm having a great time.
Jesse: Really?
Celine: Yeah.
Jesse: Me too.
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Referenced in Benny (2014) See more »

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'Variatio 25' of 'The Goldberg Variations'
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Wolfgang Glüxam
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one of my favorite movies
17 February 2005 | by olafraSee all my reviews

I want Céline and Jessie go further in their relationship, I want to tell them that they were made for each other, that in a lot of moment in the film we want they to die for each other. Their story is what we ever wanted and probably most of us never reached. This is about love but not stupid things like in "notting hills" or those kind of movie. This is life and i did believe in them, i did believe they were falling... This was so clever and touching. I have just finished to view it a minute ago and i m still there... I want to go to Vienna. I want to see them as soon as possible again.

I have to say i was now becoming misanthropist and felt like if love was just a fake, a concept, but with this movie i realized that maybe somewhere, somehow and some when, something could really happen.

I'm french and didn't know very well July Delpy despite Kieslowski "three colors : white"... Now i have to see her other works because she looks like an angel and got a perfect acting.

i saw "before sunset" (the sequel in Paris) a few days before i saw "before sunrise" and their is no matter. They are both masterpieces. proof that you don't need to impress the eyes with technology to get pure feelings. I'm sorry for my English which i m trying to best.

Franck in France


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Country:

USA | Austria | Switzerland

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before Sunrise See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,423,537, 29 January 1995

Gross USA:

$5,535,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,986,708
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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