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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 wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Ultimate Anti-Romance. See more (149 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)
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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:
Musicians Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith claimed this was their favorite movie of all time.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:
Travis:He thought if she never got jealous of him that she didn't really care about him. Jealousy was a sign of her love for him, and then one night, one night she told him that she was pregnant, she was about three or four months pregnant and he didn't even know and then suddenly everything changed...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »

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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The Ultimate Anti-Romance., 18 October 2009

I would say that Paris, Texas is not for everyone, but, truly, that can be said about every movie. But I will say this: fans of methodically paced, beautifully shot, existentially rooted, and purely experiential cinema will not be disappointed.

Paris, Texas is virtually my favorite movie, and a movie that, whether you like it or not, will leave some impact on you. It is a journey, an experience, an odyssey.

Yes, it is long. Yes, it is slow. Defined plot points? Please.

But what this movie does do is place into the mind of it's lead character. Travis Henderson, an older man, gruff and worn out with age, wanders out of the Texas desert after missing from his family for four years. He is mute, and apparently unaware of who he is. His brother Walt finds him, and tries to rehabilitate him back into sanity. The film then covers Travis's journey to reconnect with a past which he has long since forgotten. He reunites with his son, his sister in-law, and eventually, in a scene which I tear up just thinking about, his wife.

But that is all I will divulge about his wife. That is a scene which you really have to see to believe.

While this film really doesn't rely on plot, it does have structure and tone. And what carries us through this mystical story is the unbelievably beautiful photography. We see the world as it should be seen: a starkly beautiful, but uncompromising, place. The use of color and motifs really makes this film a marvel to look at.

And then we get to performances. Everyone's great, so I will focus on our two truly main characters. Harry Dean Stanton plays Travis, a gentle, kind man, that, despite having personal demons, is a great fatherly figure (fine, maybe he isn't the best father...but there's no denying he left an impact on his son's life). And seeing Stanton bring this character to life in the most subtle and somber way possible is amazing. And then we have Natassja Kinski, who plays Jane, his wife. She doesn't show up until the third act, and 95% percent of her performance takes place in one room. But Kinski's portrayal of emotion...and her quiet, yet powerful demeanor...and the way she talks...god, it's unbelievable. Stanton and Kinski have some of the best chemistry ever, which is even more impressive considering they're never in the same room (see the movie...you'll understand). In the end, these two carry the movie on their backs, and do an amazing job doing it.

You may not cry, but you will think about crying. You will think about all the sad moments in your life. And it will all be washed out of you by movie's end. Believe me, I know this from personal experience. This movie is almost therapeutic in the way. Because the story is healing our own souls at the same time as it is healing Travis's.

So. What's more to say about Paris, Texas? It's a beautiful movie, one that relies on photography and performances to tell it's story, and a movie that portrays emotions on a master class level. And what do I mean by 'Anti-Romance'? It's not worth explaining here. See the movie, you'll understand.

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