Stranger Than Paradise

Synopsis: A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along with a friend, they eventually end up visiting their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to Florida where they lose all their money gambling before unwittingly gaining a fortune.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jim Jarmusch
Production: Criterion Collection
  8 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

That recording was made

by Krell musicians a half a million years ago.

Now if you will follow me, I will show you

some of their other remaining artifacts.

Krell metal.

Try your blaster there, Commander.

This spot should be molten.

It's not even warm, huh?

And no trace of radioactivity.

Shh. In there.

Hello, Mae.

I've got a bone to pick with you.

- Ouch! Oh!

- Uh-huh!

Do you have a vacuum cleaner?

- What?

- It's really dirty in here.

- Do you have a vacuum cleaner?

- What do you want? A vacuum cleaner?

Don't open that. Oh, man.

The vacuum cleaner's under the bed.

I told you not to open that.

Close the bott...

The bottom one first,

and then the top one.

- Mmm.

- It's under the bed.

Where? Oh.

Willie, can you help me

change the bag?

It looks full.

I'm sure it's fine.

It hasn't been used in years.

- It looks dirty.

- Eva.

Are you sure?

You know, you don't say-

Like, it's really too formal to say...

"I want to vacuum the floor.

I want to use the vacuum cleaner."

Oh. What do you say?

Well, you say, um,

"I want to choke the alligator."

So if somebody comes in here, you know,

you say, "I'm choking an alligator."


I am choking the alligator right now.

Ba-boo, ba-boo. Nothing.


Hi, Willie.

Hello, Eva.

- How you doing?

- Okay.

Where'd you get all that stuff?

I thought you didn't have any money.

I got this stuff with no money.

This one is especially for you.

TV dinner.



Ah, you're all right, kid, I think.

I think you're all right, kid.


So I've been losing

all afternoon here.

- I've been winning.

- Yeah.

Oh, hi.

What the f*ck is that?

I really hate that kind of music.

It's Screaming Jay Hawkins,

and he's a wild man, so bug off.

So, uh -

um, I got something for you.

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Jim Jarmusch

James Robert Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing such films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Paterson (2016). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002. As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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