Permanent Vacation (film)

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Permanent Vacation
Permanent Vacation.jpg
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Produced by Jim Jarmusch
Written by Jim Jarmusch
Starring Chris Parker
Music by Jim Jarmusch
John Lurie
Cinematography Tom DiCillo
James A. Lebovitz
Edited by Jim Jarmusch
Distributed by Cinesthesia
Release dates
  • May 6, 1981 (1981-05-06) (U.S.)
Running time
75 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$12,000

Permanent Vacation is a 1980 film directed, written and produced by Jim Jarmusch. It was the director's first release, and was shot on 16 mm film shortly after he dropped out of film school. This film is often credited as the birth of the director's original style and character schemes. The film won the Josef von Sternberg Award at the 1980 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival.


The main character, played by Chris Parker, wanders around a dingy New York atmosphere and is confronted by a number of intriguing characters as he ponders the questions of life, and searches for a better place.



This film was also the first that musician John Lurie, a friend of Jarmusch, acted in and composed music for.

Jarmusch is also credited as helping with the music.


The film was released by the Criterion Collection as a special feature on the DVD for Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise on September 4, 2007.[1]


  1. ^ "Stranger Than Paradise (1984) - The Criterion Collection". Retrieved 2012-04-02. 

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