Night on Earth

Synopsis: A collection of five stories involving cab drivers in five different cities. Los Angeles - A talent agent for the movies discovers her cab driver would be perfect to cast, but the cabbie is reluctant to give up her solid cab driver's career. New York - An immigrant cab driver is continually lost in a city and culture he doesn't understand. Paris - A blind girl takes a ride with a cab driver from the Ivory Coast and they talk about life and blindness. Rome - A gregarious cabbie picks up an ailing man and virtually talks him to death. Helsinki - an industrial worker gets laid off and he and his compatriots discuss the bleakness and unfairness of love and life and death.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jim Jarmusch
Production: Criterion Collection
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

# When I was a boy #

# The moon was a pearl #

# The sun a yellow gold #

# When I was a man #

# The wind blew cold #

# The hills were upside down #

# But now that I have gone from here #

# There's no place I'd rather be #

# Than to float my chances #

# On the tide #

# Back in the good old world #

# On October's last #

# I'll fly back home #

# Rolling down winding way #

# Scarecrows are #

# All dressed in rags #

# Out at the edge of the field I lay #

# And all I've got's a pocketful #

# Of flowers on my grave #

# Oh, but summer is gone #

# I remember it best #

# Back in the good old world #

# All I've got's a pocketful #

# Of flowers on my grave #

# Oh, but summer is gone #

# And I remember it best #

# Back in the good old #

# World ##




Oh, hi.


- Oh, I just got in.

No, I mean I literally

just stepped off the plane.

I'm not even in the terminal yet.

What's wrong?

F***ing a**holes! Where

the f*** have you been?

You know, we have missed one plane,

and now we're gonna miss another one!

You know, this is my ass on the line,

and if I lose my job because of you crazy-

Hey. That's 30 bucks.

Here you go. Keep the change.

Come on, guys. Let's

- What are you doing?

Hello? Could we please go?

All right. Let's go. Let's go. Let's -

Come on, you guys. Get it

together. It's this way.

Okay. Okay. I'll call him.

No, I promise I'll call him

just as soon as I get my luggage.

Oh, no, I'm really

looking forward to it.

Thank you.


The white zone is for immediate loading...

and unloading of passengers only.

No parking.

Yeah, this is Corky, car number

Hello. Victoria Snelling

calling for Mr. Pitt.

Yes, I can wait.

Hey, Ray. It's me,

Corky. I'm phoning in.

Yeah, I'm out at the airport.

Oh, I don't know. It's the

executive terminal or something.

I don't know. I've

never been here before.

No, man. Everything's cool.

But listen. This car

runs like sh*t, man.

I had to pull the plugs

myself this afternoon.

Yeah, I know I'm not, but you better

tell Gonzalez to get his ass in gear...

or else I'm gonna have to

be your f***ing mechanic.

Larry. Larry, Victoria.

Yes. I'm

- I'm at the airport. Excuse all the noise.


- I'm at the baggage claim.

Well, I

- I, um -

I'm hoping that you have some good news

for me about that last actress I sent you.

No, man. Everything's great.

In fact, I got a really big tip

from these, like, musician dudes.

Hey, Ray. Have you ever heard

of a band called Utensil?

No, listen. I brought

back seven tapes...

of - of the most sensational

young actresses in the country.

No, not just New York. Uh, Chicago...

Minneapolis, Seattle...

San Francisco.

Hey, they're all unknown. Yes.

Oh, they're wonderful.

They are just so wonderful.

I -


- I like them all.


- It really has to be your decision.

You know, why don't I bring them by?

- I'll just stop by my house for a few minutes and

then I'll come right over. - Yeah, I got you, Ray.

We'll sit down, and we'll

look at 'em together, okay?

- Okay. I'll get a fare here, then I'll

head back downtown. - Take it easy.

- You're just gonna love one of these kids.

- Don't worry about nothin', boss.

Relax, okay? See you in a few.

Hey, Ray. I'm not a kid, okay?



Hey, you need a cab, lady?

- Yeah, I guess I do.

- Yeah, I'm right here.

- You're a taxi driver?

- Yeah.

Okay. I, uh -

Yeah. Why not?

The white zone is for immediate

loading and unloading of passengers only.

No parking. Do not leave

your car unattended.

Due to the curb security alert...

all unattended cars may

be towed away immediately.

For your safety and security...

do not leave your baggage unattended.

Be careful with that, will you? I'm

a little in love with my luggage.

No problem, lady.

Ah, ah! I'll carry

that with me. Thank you.


Thank you.

Let me get -

- I need that leg.

- Sorry.

- Just take it.

- Sorry.

- Yeah.

- You in?

Yes. Thank you.

The white zone is for immediate

loading and unloading of passengers only.

Oh, sh*t.

- What? What's wrong?

- Oh, f***.

Nothin'. Damn it.

Where to?

Beverly Hills, please.

Uh, 6754.


What's the matter?

Oh, I left my phone book back in the

suitcase with all my numbers in it.

- I'm afraid we'll have to

pull over- - Is it listed?

- Listed? - Yes, it's a - it's

a hotel I've called a million -

Why, thank you. Thank you.

No problem. Just pass it

back up when you're done.

Are you okay without it up there?

Don't worry about it.

Suite 216, please.

Carol. Victoria.

Yes. I, uh

- I just spoke to him.

Oh, he's going nuts as usual.

Ricocheting off the walls.

I don't know what to

do with him anymore.

I sent him 10 actresses

who were perf-Well...

six of them were perfect.

But he just keeps

- he keeps wanting them younger and younger.

Now he wants someone 18 with

absolutely no experience...

but the nerves of a paratrooper.

He's not human. I think he's an android.


- Listen. I'm gonna have to go

over there with those tapes..

- I brought back from, uh - -

# Gonna have a fine vacation #

Carol, I - I,

uh - I'm going -

I - I'm supposed to have dinner

with Peter and Shera tonight.

- But - -# I've got to take my

problems to the United Nations #

Will you hold on a second, please? Miss.

- # I done called my congressman ##

- Would you please, uh...

just turn the music off?

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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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