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Paris, Texas -- Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski).
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Director:
Writers:
L.M. Kit Carson (adaptation)
Sam Shepard (written by)
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Release Date:
19 September 1984 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces. See more »
Plot:
A man is found in the desert after four years. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Do I envy people who don't like this movie? See more (164 total) »

Cast

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Harry Dean Stanton ... Travis Henderson
Sam Berry ... Gas Station Attendant
Bernhard Wicki ... Doctor Ulmer

Dean Stockwell ... Walt Henderson

Aurore Clément ... Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Claresie Mobley ... Car Rental Clerk
Hunter Carson ... Hunter Henderson

Viva ... Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Socorro Valdez ... Carmelita
Edward Fayton ... Hunter's Friend
Justin Hogg ... Hunter - Age 3

Nastassja Kinski ... Jane Henderson

Tom Farrell ... Screaming Man

John Lurie ... 'Slater'
Jeni Vici ... 'Stretch'

Sally Norvell ... 'Nurse Bibs'
Sharon Menzel ... Comedienne
The Mydolls ... Rehearsing Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam Shepard ... (unconfirmed)

Brandy Tipton ... Hunter's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
 
Writing credits
L.M. Kit Carson (adaptation)

Sam Shepard (written by)

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Pascale Dauman .... associate producer
Don Guest .... producer
Chris Sievernich .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ry Cooder 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
 
Casting by
Gary Chason 
 
Art Direction by
Kate Altman 
 
Costume Design by
Birgitta Bjerke 
 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... hair stylist (as Charles Balazs)
Karoly Balazs .... makeup artist (as Charles Balazs)
 
Production Management
Udo Heiland .... post-production manager
Karen Koch .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claire Denis .... assistant director
Michael Helfand .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Lorrie Brown .... assistant art director
Kimberly Buckley .... property master (as Kim Buckley)
Craig Busch .... assistant props: Texas
Anne Kuljian .... set decorator: Los Angeles
 
Sound Department
Dominique Auvray .... sound editor
Douglas Axtell .... boom operator
Hartmut Eichgrün .... sound re-recording mixer
Lothar Mankewitz .... sound processor
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound mixer (as Jean Paul Mugel)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Blum .... best boy grip
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Kevin Galbraith .... electrician
Greg Gardiner .... gaffer
Agnès Godard .... first assistant camera
Scott Guthrie .... best boy electric
Robin Holland .... still photographer
Martin Schäfer .... camera operator: additional photography, second unit
Pim Tjujerman .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Sheila Possner .... casting coordinator: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Elkins .... wardrobe assistant: Texas
 
Editorial Department
Anne Schnee .... assistant editor
Joachim von Mengershausen .... commissioning editor: WDR (as J. Von Mengershausen)
 
Transportation Department
Homer Albin .... driver
Lynn Brisbin .... driver
Al Cantu .... driver
Charles Griffith .... driver (as Charlie Griffith)
Carl Johnson .... driver
Tom Kelton .... driver
Richard Padgett .... driver
B.C. Smith .... driver
 
Other crew
Allison Anders .... production assistant
Helen Caldwell .... script supervisor
Walter Donohue .... story editor: Channel 4
Susan Elkins .... location manager: Texas
Sarah Fitzsimmons .... office coordinator: New York
Scott Kirby .... production assistant
Patric Kreuzer .... production assistant
Dean Lent .... production assistant
Barbara Lucey .... accountant
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production coordinator (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Sherry McBride .... caterer: Texas
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Bonna Newman .... production assistant
Lilyan Sievernich .... office coordinator: New York
James Thompson .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Jim Thompson)
Susanna Virtanen .... post-production office
 
Thanks
Lotte Eisner .... dedicatee (as Lotte H. Eisner)
Barbara von Weitershausen .... thanks
 

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147 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Walt is looking at the photo booth pictures of Travis in his car, he shakes out a cigarette from a Marlboro soft pack and throws the pack on the dash. In the OTS shot of the photo strip, the cigarette pack on the dash is a hard box.See more »
Quotes:
Walt:We live in the suburbs, but I've got my business in town
Travis:Oh yeah? What's your business?
Walt:I make billboard signs for advertising.
Travis:Oh yeah? So *you*'re the one who makes those signs, I love those. Some of them are beautiful.
Walt:I'm not the only one who makes them, Trav.
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152 out of 186 people found the following review useful.
Do I envy people who don't like this movie?, 3 April 2001
Author: (fred@cabq.org) from Albuquerque, NM

It's hard for me to select just one movie as my very favorite, but if I had to, "Paris, Texas" would probably be it.

As I recall, I first saw it while I was a student in a small theater in '84 or '85; a year or two later I recorded it from cable to Beta tape. After not having watched it for years, I've played it again a few times over the last couple of years. Many movies I recall having liked in the past are just big disappointments when I watch them years later. That's not the case with this one! Then I was single; now I'm married. That alone makes a big difference, but I also find that even some small elements now have more meaning. I previously attached no significance to the scene where Travis was determined to find the same rental car in which he and Walt had previously driven. But how often people do sentimentally and fiercely cling to, objectively, unimportant things in reaction to having had their hearts and spirits broken more than a few times over important things. I often recall this scene when observing some instance of this in myself or others.

I am struck by what opposite opinions people have of this movie. If you have few problems relating to other people, or you don't care much about relating to other humans, and little in your life disappoints you over long spells of your life, you will probably find this movie very boring. I sort of envy people in this situation, though before I would want to wish myself to be like that, I pause at how much my life would be changed and how little of my personality would be left, if I did.

I, too, eagerly await the release of this movie on high quality DVD, and hope that my still barely viewable Beta will last til then.

"Oh, Travis."

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