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      Until the End of the World

      R Released Jan 3, 1991 2 hr. 37 min. Sci-Fi List
      89% 18 Reviews Tomatometer 89% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score While trying to find a cure for his wife's blindness, Dr. Farber has created a device that allows the user to send images directly to the brain, enabling the blind to see. The creation and operation of such a machine is in stark contrast to a deteriorating global situation, where the continued existence of mankind is under threat from a nuclear powered satellite that is falling toward earth. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 09 Buy Now

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      santana ! fascinating and transportive watched the 280 minute cut Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Dave S Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World, clocking in at almost five hours, is a bit of a mixed bag. Basically told in two parts, the first segment is a cat-and-mouse game that takes place over three continents as a woman (Solveig Dommartin) doggedly pursues a mysterious man (William Hurt) who has stolen money from her. While the story is interesting, the characters intriguing, the scenery stunning, and the soundtrack fantastic, the story gets bogged down by outrageous coincidences and ludicrous displays of intuition. The second segment, which looks great and is more compelling than the first half, features the same characters, who find themselves Australian Outback dealing with the news of a potentially catastrophic nuclear incident. While the movie has significant pros and cons, the question that viewers have to ask themselves is as follows: do I have five hours to kill? If the answer is yes, knock yourself out. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/09/23 Full Review Clare A A portrait of the near future (1999) created in 1991. It didn't get good reviews when it came out, and people say it moves too slow, but there's also a 5 hour version! So, you know, it's got some true fans. I'm one. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is ridiculous, but I watched it for the entirety of its nearly five hours. Despite that, it's still interesting to see this vision of the future. Even though it takes place in 1999 it only feels somewhat prescient by the standards of our screen-centric present – especially the idea that people would become addicted to their own dreams as replayed on small screens with poor resolution. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member The one Laser Disk I own that has me break out the old LD player once a year to view while waiting for the long-anticipated Blu-Ray release of the near 5-hour Director's Cut. This Wim Wender's epic has long been included in any of my Top 5,10, 50 etc lists of movies. Not only because it is a beautiful trip around the world circa 1990, a wonder-filled display of excellent acting, and a very interesting story; but the timeless exploration of the human condition revealed by our obsession and compulsions once the noble purpose of the sight for the blind becomes the navel-gazing stuff of dream addiction. This is truly a great film worth the effort required to find a copy and the time it takes to experience. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member This could be the best film ever. It's a pleasure to watch the beautiful Solveig Dommartin, and the soundtrack is an audial time capsule of quality early 90's music. The production in different parts of the world obviously required tremendous dedication. But the result is badly drawn out, even for an art house, and slow. Just like intelligent people tend to be boring, so do intelligent movies. Such a shame. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Sam Weisberg Village Voice Before, one left the theater befuddled; one now leaves the theater equally befuddled but also moved, even genuinely disturbed. Sep 3, 2015 Full Review Jordan Hoffman Guardian Watching it now, even with its dull patches, it seems like a miracle. Rated: 5/5 Aug 27, 2015 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The movie itself, unfortunately, is not as compelling as the tempest that went into its making. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …more of a mood piece than a compelling story… Rated: 4/5 Aug 24, 2023 Full Review Charles Mudede The Stranger (Seattle, WA) [A] sci-fi masterpiece. Aug 22, 2018 Full Review Vanessa Letts The Spectator The film is funny, and the story has all the logic -- or illogic -- of a dream. It never aspires to anything more concrete. Jul 25, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis While trying to find a cure for his wife's blindness, Dr. Farber has created a device that allows the user to send images directly to the brain, enabling the blind to see. The creation and operation of such a machine is in stark contrast to a deteriorating global situation, where the continued existence of mankind is under threat from a nuclear powered satellite that is falling toward earth.
      Director
      Wim Wenders
      Executive Producer
      Paulo Branco
      Screenwriter
      Wim Wenders, Peter Carey, Solveig Dommartin
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers, Village Roadshow Prod.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 3, 1991, Wide
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $662.2K
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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