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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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Hunter Henderson
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Doctor Ulmer
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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desert | texas | wandering | mute | reunion | See All (67) »

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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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23 August 1984 (UK)  »

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Motel Chronicles  »

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Budget:

£1,162,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,709 (USA) (10 November 1984)

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$2,181,987 (USA)
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The restaurant that Travis calls Walt's home from is actually located in Cabazon, CA (not San Bernardino, which is about 45 miles away.) This of course is home to Claude Bell's famous concrete T-Rex and brontosaurus. See more »

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Travis and his brother check into a small motel on their first night, where we see a dresser with an ugly lamp sitting on top. After Travis runs off, they continue down the road and stay in a larger hotel, where we see the same dresser and light. See more »

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Travis: [crashing in a fleabag motel/laundromat seating area with his son] This is not a place to bring a fancy woman. Wouldn't you say? If you had a fancy woman, would you bring her in a place like this?
Hunter Henderson: What's a fancy woman?
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Second American best film of the eighties
5 May 1999 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

It might seem odd to call this an "American" film, as its director, Wim Wenders is a German film director, who , unlike his predecessors, Lang, Murnau, Pabst, Von Sternberg , and Billy Wilder, has chosen to remain aloof from the Hollywood film industry. But Paris Texas is as much an American film as Tocquevillle's "Democracy in America" is an American book. Sometimes it takes a foreigner ( In Wim Wenders' case, a foriegner who loves American music, American movies and American literature.) to look into the American soul. In this case,it helps that he is working with a great-and misunderstood- American writer, Sam Shephard, and a great-and under appreciated- American actor, Harry Dean Stanton. I can not begin to convey who poetic, how haunting, and how beautiful this film is, and how artfully it probes the American heart. The scene where Stanton confronts his wife, and tells what he did and why he did it, must rank among the supreme scenes, not just of film, but of human life. It echoed the great scenes of our literature, such as Ulysses meeting with Penelope, and the return of the prodigal son. In short, the only film which goes beyond it in the eighties is Raging Bull, and that is largely because of the volcanic power of Scorsese, that most self-crucifying of auteurs. in short, I would go so far as to say that Paris Texas is more than a "ten'...Like Citizen Kane, like 2001, like Andrei Roublev, like Raging Bull , like the Searchers, like Pickpocket, Tokyo Story, Seven Samurai and Ordet,it is an ELEVEN. Sublime AND beautiful.


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