Before Sunrise

Still of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise


A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 8.0/10 (58,679 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Richard Linklater

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. Passing the time before his scheduled flight the next morning. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away?

Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan


Ethan Hawke


Julie Delpy


Andrea Eckert

Wife on Train

Hanno Pöschl

Husband on Train

Karl Bruckschwaiger

Guy on Bridge

Tex Rubinowitz

Guy on Bridge

Erni Mangold

Palm Reader

Dominik Castell

Street Poet

Haymon Maria Buttinger


Harald Waiglein

Guitarist in Club

Bilge Jeschim

Belly Dancer



Hans Weingartner

Cafe Patron

Liese Lyon

Cafe Patron

Peter Ily Huemer

Cafe Patron

… When love can come as a complete surprise

Release Date: 27 January 1995

Filming Locations: Riesenrad, Prater, Vienna, Austria

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,500,000


Opening Weekend: $1,423,537
(29 January 1995)
(363 Screens)

Gross: $22,600,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Director Cameo:
[Richard Linklater]
playing "fussball" in the club scene.


When the two meet on the train and engage in conversation, the views outside the train don't match when we cut back and forth between Jesse and Celine.


Did your parents divorce?

Yeah. Finally. They should have done it a lot sooner, but they stuck together for a while for the "well-being of my sister and I", thank you very much.

User Review

Why we go the movies…


What an incredibly brave and honest look at relationships. I've have never
seen a film so precisely and brilliantly capture this kind of emotion and
transfer it to the screen the way Before Sunrise does. What a crime that
neither Ethan Hawke or Julie Delpy was nominated for any major acting
awards, actually screw that! What a crime it was that they didn't both sweep
every major acting award altogether and that Richard Linklater didn't get
any recognition for the screenwriting or brilliant directing of his
wonderful actors! Loved the ending (as much as it pained me at the same
time), loved how after it all they go back and show every location that the
couple shared together. Loved how the dialogue never wavers, never
addressing the relationship directly but allows us to indirectly see a
geniune bond forming through the body language, facial expressions, and the
dialogue, ooooohhh the dialogue. Every bit of it plucked right from those
top ten late night conversations we've all had with close friends whether it
was serious or in jest. And respect to Linklater for keepin it real, the
movie was rated R cause of a couple minor swear words? Could of easily been
removed without really desecrating the film but he keeps it in anyways.
Screw you hollywood, your 'romantic comedies', your Freddie Prinze Jr.'s,
your 'take the glasses off the girl and now she's pretty' movies. This is
real romance! This is what I come to the movies for, to think, to be
provoked and to be swept away by the magic that only cinema can provide.
Before Sunrise has single-handedly reminded me about why I goto the