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Paris, Texas (1984)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Sam Berry ...
Gas Station Attendant
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Doctor Ulmer
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Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Claresie Mobley ...
Car Rental Clerk
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Hunter Henderson
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Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Socorro Valdez ...
Carmelita
Edward Fayton ...
Hunter's Friend
Justin Hogg ...
Hunter - Age 3
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Screaming Man
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'Slater'
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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desert | texas | wandering | mute | reunion | See All (67) »

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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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19 September 1984 (France)  »

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París, Texas  »

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£1,162,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Travis and Hunter make a phone call from a Texaco gas station in San Bernardino. In the background we see the road-side dinosaurs, which are in Cabazon California, closer to Palm Springs. Not a big mistake, but a distance of some 40 miles. See more »

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Jane Henderson: I wanted to see him so bad that I didn't even dare imagine him anymore.
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Live Bait (2013) See more »

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Slow paced film of cinematic excellence
11 May 2004 | by (Bethlehem, PA) – 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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