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Paris, Texas (1984)

R | | Drama | 23 August 1984 (UK)
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.

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Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
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Sam Berry ...
Gas Station Attendant
Claresie Mobley ...
Car Rental Clerk
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Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Edward Fayton ...
Hunter's Friend
Socorro Valdez ...
Carmelita
Justin Hogg ...
Hunter - Age 3
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Screaming Man
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'Slater'
Jeni Vici ...
'Stretch'
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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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A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces. See more »

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£1,162,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,709, 10 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,181,987
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Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) doesn't speak at all until 26 minutes into the film. See more »

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As Travis is entering the whorehouse, two figures appear in the window above the door and seem to look at the camera. One of them waves (as if acknowledging being waved out of the scene) before leaving the window. See more »

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Travis: He thought if she never got jealous of him that she didn't really care about him. Jealousy was a sign of her love for him, and then one night, one night she told him that she was pregnant, she was about three or four months pregnant and he didn't even know and then suddenly everything changed, he stopped drinking, he got a steady job, he was convinced that she loved him now that she was carrying his child and he was going to dedicate himself to making a home for her. But a funny thing started ...
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Slow paced film of cinematic excellence
11 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is a classic in my opinion. The story is very strongly influenced by its writer's, Sam Shepard, exploration of the human condition. The film is not for everyone. Wim Wenders paces the storyline accordingly to the psyche and struggle of the main character, and the concept of searching for answers to his natural state of mind by returning to the place of his conception is a well thought out and intriguing premise for this film.

I have seen this film more than seven times, and love the slow pace because it allows me to be drawn into that world completely and really have the chance to get to know each character. Recommended to anyone with an interest in psychology, cinematography, Sam Shepard's style of story-telling, and movies that walk to their own beat. Natascha Kinski and Stanton are excellent.

I give it 8 stars (9 if they would release it letterboxed on DVD)


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