- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 30, 2007
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Criterion
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Italian
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Frederick Elmes - Director of Photography; Drew Kunin
- Interviews: Jim Jarmusch - Director
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/04/1991
"...Delirious....Jarmusch agains demonstrates his mastery of the comedy of the oblique..."
USA Today - 05/01/1992
"...[A] cutely clever premise....Minimalist filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has gone maximum..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1991
"...Jarmusch may be the first great American director to specialize in downtime....Jarmusch is a classical filmmaker..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/15/1992
"...NIGHT ON EARTH is a series of off-the-wall duets....There are moments that catch you delightfully off guard..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/08/1992
"...[The] film has a gentle ease....The deliberate, even rhythms give the brief stories an almost fated quality..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/08/1992
"...Jarmusch is a poet of the night. Much of NIGHT ON EARTH creates the same kind of lonely, elegiac, romantic mood of MYSTERY TRAIN..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2005
"The stories produce a powerful cumulative effect."
NIGHT ON EARTH presents a variety of delightful vignettes that take place one night in different taxis all over the world. The cities--Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki--are filled with interesting characters who are at turns funny, sad, and poignant. In expanding his palette to the rest of the world, Jim Jarmusch once again delivers a memorable portrait of modern life, with his own original vision.
Big City |
Short Stories |
- Theatrical release: May 1992.
- Filmed on location in New York City; Rome, Lazio, Italy; Los Angeles; Helsinki, Finland; and Paris, France.
- During the Helsinki segment, Finnish is the language spoken, with English subtitles.
- Jarmusch, who writes most of his major roles with specific actors in mind, met with his first rejection on NIGHT ON EARTH when John Turturro was unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict.