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Stranger than Paradise

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1984
  • Jim Jarmusch
  • 85 mins
  • 15

Summary

A New Yorker's life is thrown into a tailspin when his younger cousin surprise-visits him, starting a strange, unpredictable adventure.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Developed from a 30-minute short and made for a mere $120,000, this chilled-out road movie could be seen as the first slacker picture. Shot in long takes, each ending with a dawdling fade to black, the action (if that's the word) centres on Hungarian immigrant John Lurie, his cousin Eszter Balint and his mate Richard Edson and their driftings between New York, Cleveland and Florida. The winner of the Caméra d'Or at Cannes, this is a unique and irresistible film, which warned us all that the only thing to expect from Jim Jarmusch is the unexpected. Superbly shot by Tom DiCillo, who went on to direct the magnificent Living in Oblivion.

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Credits

Cast

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WillieJohn Lurie
EvaEszter Balint
EddieRichard Edson
Aunt LottieCecillia Stark
BillyDanny Rosen
Man with moneyRammellzee
Airline agentTom DiCillo
Factory workerRichard Boes
Poker playerRockets Redglare
Poker playerHarvey Perr
Poker playerBrian J Burchill
Girl with hatSara Driver
Motel ownerPaul Sloane

Crew

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DirectorJim Jarmusch

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1984-10-04
Languages
English | Italian | Hungarian
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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