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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 »
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Unique portrait at family life in early 'eighties America. 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:
Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) doesn't speak at all until 26 minutes into the film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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.See more »
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Unique portrait at family life in early 'eighties America., 13 December 1999
Author: Brian A. Cagayat from San Diego, CA, USA

"Paris, Texas" is by far one of the best films ever made. It's a well-photographed film; it's almost like a portrait. In the center you have the characters: Travis, Walt, Hunter, Jane, and Anne; and all around them you see the desert and the empty space and the places they inhabit. The major characters are all memorable, especially Harry Dean Stanton as Travis and Dean Stockwell as Walt.

The film is about reunion. The first third of the film, dealing with the reunion of brothers Travis and Walt in the Texas desert, is both very touching and very real. You can sense the frustration on Walt's face when Travis doesn't want to talk to him about anything, and throughout the road trip, you begin to get more interested in Travis' ramblings to Walt about Paris, Texas.

The second third deals with the reunion of Travis with his son, Hunter, and, to a lesser extent, since he's only been gone for less than a week, the reunion of Walt with his wife Anna and Hunter. This is by far my favorite part of the film, because it shows a young boy (Hunter) trying to readjust after his father returns after a four-year absence. Hunter (by the way, he's a great actor) is nice to Travis at first, but refuses to walk home from school with him because "Everyone drives." The fact that director Wim Wenders focuses on this little portion of the film shows true family life--it expands the little "sin" that Hunter has done. This event sets up perhaps my favorite scene in any film: Hunter and Travis walking home "together"--on opposite sides of the street--with the boy mimicking the movements of his real father. In the following scene I'm touched because the neighborhood reminds me of home--Hunter stops and allows his father to cross the street to join him. There is also a scene (also with no dialogue) that deserves mention--the family watching Super 8mm film of a family fishing trip. Here we see Jane for the first time (a beauty), and we get a portrait of the happy family while the film plays background music for us. It's a wonderful scene that's executed beautifully. The film of the fishing trip allows Hunter to make an observation to Anne about his father--he sees by the way Travis looked at Jane that Travis still loves her very much.

The last third of the film comes as a real shock, and I won't spoil it for anyone because this third of the film is what made me REALLY love the entire film. The sequence of events in the final third actually came out of left field, because I was never really expecting that. You should have figured out, though, that there is a reunion between Travis and his estranged wife, Jane. Harry Dean Stanton's monologue is perhaps one of the best ever caught on film. It's really long but you hear every word and every pause. And what I like about that particular scene is the lighting--notice how the sunlight comes in through the window in Jane's room, and suddenly near the end you realize that it's been artificial light after all. There is a similar lighting effect in "A Clockwork Orange"--during Alex's chat with F. Alexander and his two co-conspirators over wine and spaghetti.

Overall, "Paris, Texas" is a great film that should be noted both for its photography and for its realistic look at family life. These are people who are a real family--opinionated, angry, happy, sad, melodramatic, judgmental, high-strung, incommunicado, etc. They refuse sometimes to admit their true feelings and that is exactly what makes a family a family sometimes, the fact that you can't say what you really want to say at a certain time.

This is the kind of film directors really want to make--small, realistic, poignant...and with zero special effects.

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