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Paris, Texas (1984)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 September 1984 (France)
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A man found after four years of wandering in the desert tries to reunite with his family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Berry ...
Gas Station Attendant
Bernhard Wicki ...
Doctor Ulmer
Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Claresie Mobley ...
Car Rental Clerk
Hunter Henderson
Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Socorro Valdez ...
Edward Fayton ...
Hunter's Friend
Justin Hogg ...
Hunter - Age 3
Screaming Man
Jeni Vici ...


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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Release Date:

19 September 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La búsqueda  »

Box Office


£1,162,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,810,795 (Sweden)

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


When Walt gets Travis to a motel at the beginning and wants to o buy him new clothes, they compare feet and decide that Travis wears one size bigger than Walt. Later, at Walt's house, Travis asks to wear Walter's old boots and puts them on and they fit fine. See more »


Jane Henderson: I... I used to make long speeches to you after you left. I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone. I walked around for months talking to you. Now I don't know what to say. It was easier when I just imagined you. I even imagined you talking back to me. We'd have long conversations, the two of us. It was almost like you were there. I could hear you, I could see you, smell you. I could hear your voice. Sometimes your voice would wake me up. It would wake me up in the middle of ...
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Life-altering. The greatest film of all time.
11 September 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film almost fifteen years ago and thought about almost nothing else for at least a month. I have never seen a film before or since that presents the extremes of love, pain, and loss with such immediacy and ruthless candor. Watching this film with openness, identifying with the characters, made me wince and writhe in sympathetic agony. I didn't cry; rather, I was reminded of all the times I have wept in my life, and why.

Perhaps each person person has a film -- usually a masterpiece -- which affects him or her so strongly that it is beyond description. This is mine.

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