Stranger Than Paradise

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1984
  • Running time: 89 min
With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at its most offbeat. Jarmusch follows rootless Hungarian émigré... read more
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With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at its most offbeat. Jarmusch follows rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and his visiting sixteen-year-old cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint), as they drift from New York’s Lower East Side to the snowy expanses of Lake Erie and the drab beaches of Florida, always managing to make the least of wherever they end up. Structured as a series of master-shot vignettes etched in black and white by cinematographer Tom DiCillo, Stranger Than Paradise is a nonchalant masterpiece of deadpan comedy and perfectly calibrated minimalism.

Original Release

07/07/1984

US Release

07/15/1984

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Cast

John Lurie Willie
Eszter Balint Eva
Richard Edson Eddie / Eddy
Cecillia Stark Aunt Lotte
Danny Rosen Billy
Rammellzee Man with Money
Tom DiCillo Airline Agent
Richard Boes Factory Worker
Rockets Redglare Poker Player
Harvey Perr Poker Player
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jim Jarmusch

Writers

Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie

Cast

John Lurie Willie
Eszter Balint Eva
Richard Edson Eddie / Eddy
Cecillia Stark Aunt Lotte
Danny Rosen Billy
Rammellzee Man with Money
Tom DiCillo Airline Agent
Richard Boes Factory Worker
Rockets Redglare Poker Player
Harvey Perr Poker Player
Sara Driver Girl with Hat
Brian J. Burchill Poker Player
Paul Sloane Motel Owner

Producers

Otto Grokenberger Executive Producer
Sara Driver Producer

Editors

Jim Jarmusch, Melody London

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