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Until the End of the World (1991)

Bis ans Ende der Welt (original title)
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In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.

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Wim Wenders

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Peter Carey (screenplay), Wim Wenders (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Solveig Dommartin ... Claire Tourneur
Pietro Falcone Pietro Falcone ... Mario
Enzo Turrin Enzo Turrin ... Arzt
Chick Ortega Chick Ortega ... Chico Rémy
Eddy Mitchell ... Raymond Monnet
William Hurt ... Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
Adelle Lutz Adelle Lutz ... Makiko
Ernie Dingo ... Burt
Jean-Charles Dumay Jean-Charles Dumay ... Automechaniker
Sam Neill ... Eugene Fitzpatrick
Ernest Berk Ernest Berk ... Anton Farber
Christine Oesterlein Christine Oesterlein ... Irina Farber
Rüdiger Vogler ... Phillip Winter
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Hotelportier
Amália Rodrigues Amália Rodrigues ... Frau in Strassenbahn (as Amalia Rodrigues)
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Storyline

Set in 1999, a woman (Dommartin) has a car accident with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the bank money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law (Hurt), an American who is being chased by the CIA. The charges are false, he claims. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and vision. On the run from both the bank robbers and the CIA, the couple span the globe, ending up in Australia at his father's (von Sydow) research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Hurt captured for his blind mother. Set in the futuristic year of 1999, a subplot about a damaged Indian nuclear satellite crashing and causing the end of civilization is a puzzling addition to the film. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | France | Australia | USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | Japanese | German

Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Until the End of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$752,856
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (1991 European cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | LC-Concept Digital Sound (France)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Wim Wenders originally wanted Robert Mitchum to play William Hurt's father. He also approached Richard Widmark and Gregory Peck. See more »

Goofs

When Bert is shown as the guitarist in Chico's impromptu band for the first time, he hands the guitar to the green-shirted man on the bridge while the rest of the band keeps playing. But when the scene cuts to a different angle, Bert is still playing the guitar. See more »

Quotes

Claire Tourneur: What do you do?
Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee: I travel - and - I see.
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Alternate Versions

On March 7, 2015, a new 4K restoration of Wim Wender's director's cut was shown with a running time of approximately 287 minutes. Instead of the 'trilogy' version mentioned above, the film played in two parts (the opening titles are shown only once) with an intermission right before the characters arrive in Australia, about 132 minutes in. See more »


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Blood of Eden
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You don't know the half of it...
23 January 2001 | by devojane1See all my reviews

The first 2 times I saw this film (on video), I fell asleep before the end. I thought the beginning was great, though, so I kept at it. When I finally saw the whole thing, I still thought it was pretty good, although rather disjointed. On the whole, I would agree with many other Imdb user comments (too long, incoherent, two movies in one, excellent soundtrack, etc.) That was before I saw the _whole_ movie.

I had been watching the 158-minute American version and the 179-minute European version (almost indistinguishable) I had heard about the 280-minute "Trilogy" version 4 or 5 years ago when it was screened at the American Cinemateque (sp?) and when I read that it was to be screened again Jan 14 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, I figured that a 5-hour (with 2 10-min. intermissions) version would be bloated and slow. I couldn't have been more wrong!

"Die Trilogie" version of "Bis ans Ende der Welt" (prepared for German released w/ no subtitles) was one of the best movies ever! The extra footage gave more room to the story, the music, and ultimately made for a much more coherent movie. The relationship between Claire and Eugene is better explained, among other things. The Indian satelite is not ignored, like in the "Reader's Digest Version" (Wim Wenders' term). Songs heard for 10 seconds originally are now presented in their full glory, including a previously deleted version of Elvis Costello's "Days" performed by Solveig Dommartin, Chick Ortega, Ernie Dingo, Charlie McMahon, and David Gulpilil.

According to the director, this version will be released on DVD in Europe in 2001, and possibly in the USA before 2002. I hope everyone can have a chance to see the complete, non-mutilated version of this wonderful movie!


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