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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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A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces. See more »




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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 »


While traveling to LA, Walt tells Travis that Hunter will be eight in January. However, while in Houston on the 5th November, Hunter tells Travis he'll already be eight by the same time the following month. See more »


Walt: I thought you were afraid of heights.
Travis: I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of fallin'.
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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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