Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Written by: Jim Jarmusch
Other cast: Gena Rowlands, Giancarlo Esposito, Roberto Benigni
Release date: 4 October, 1991 (New York Film Festival)
Running time: 129min
An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
The film is a collection of five vignettes, taking place during the same night, concerning the temporary bond formed between taxi driver and passenger in five cities: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. Jarmusch wrote the screenplay in about eight days, and the choice of certain cities was largely based on the actors with whom he wanted to work. The soundtrack of the same name is by Tom Waits.
Winona scenario takes place in Los Angeles. As evening falls, tomboy cabby Corky picks up Hollywood executive Victoria Snelling (Gena Rowlands) from the airport, and as Corky drives, Victoria tries to conduct business over the phone. Despite their extreme differences socially, the two develop a certain connection. Sometime during the ride Victoria, who is evidently a talent scout or casting director, discovers that Corky would be ideal for a part in a movie she is casting, but Corky rejects the offer, as she has plans to become a mechanic.
Jarmusch wrote Corky specially for Winona.