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Paris, Texas (1984)

R | | Drama | 23 August 1984 (UK)
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Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

L.M. Kit Carson (adaptation), Sam Shepard | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #239 | Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Dean Stanton ... Travis Henderson
Nastassja Kinski ... Jane Henderson
Dean Stockwell ... Walt Henderson
Aurore Clément ... Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Hunter Carson ... Hunter Henderson
Bernhard Wicki ... Doctor Ulmer
Sam Berry Sam Berry ... Gas Station Attendant
Claresie Mobley Claresie Mobley ... Car Rental Clerk
Viva ... Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Edward Fayton Edward Fayton ... Hunter's Friend
Socorro Valdez Socorro Valdez ... Carmelita
Justin Hogg Justin Hogg ... Hunter - Age 3
Tom Farrell ... Screaming Man
John Lurie ... 'Slater'
Jeni Vici Jeni Vici ... 'Stretch'
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Storyline

A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Where lost love is found.... See more »

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Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Hunter calls Walt and Anne from a payphone in San Bernadino, he is supposed to be calling collect (Travis is shown instructing him briefly on how to do it). However, when we cut to Walt answering the telephone at home, he is immediately on the line with Hunter and is never asked if he would care to accept the charges for a collect call. See more »

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Gas Station Attendant: What the hell?
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Masterful
13 April 2020 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

Sometimes something happens with a person in your life that is absolutely devastating, your world is completely flattened and you're left adrift, wandering spiritually and unable to relate to anyone else. The desolation of the scenery in this film, the poor run-down towns in Texas, and the wide openness of the landscape as the little car drives through it mirrors this feeling of being lost after such an event. This is a film that wields a heavy emotional hammer, and it left me with a hollow feeling in my chest.

The pace is slow but it matches the weight of this guy's past, and builds to an extraordinary scene, as he and his old lover communicate with the benefit of time having passed and through a mirror, saying the words which usually end up being unsaid, and coming to a kind of peace. There are scars which never completely heal but somehow we move on, and this film is a catharsis. There are so many other things to love about it too - Wim Wender's use of light and color, Ry Cooder's lonesome slide guitar, and Harry Dean Stanton's sense of what it is to be broken. It's a masterful, haunting work, one that will stick with you.


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West Germany | France | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 August 1984 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,162,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,181,987

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,206,121
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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