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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:
A European View Of America See more (156 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:
Crew or equipment visible: As Travis is entering the whorehouse, two figures appear in the window above the door and seem to look at the camera. One of them waves (as if acknowledging being waved out of the scene) before leaving the window.See more »
Quotes:
Jane Henderson:I... I used to make long speeches to you after you left. I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone. I walked around for months talking to you. Now I don't know what to say. It was easier when I just imagined you. I even imagined you talking back to me...See more »
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References "Star Trek" (1966)See more »

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49 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A European View Of America, 14 September 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

At face value, the screen story, about a dysfunctional family, is weak. The plot is not really credible. The lead character (Travis) is an older man who in the first ten minutes of the film wonders alone in the desert like a horse with no name, seemingly suffering from severe trauma. But Travis' later behavior and the behavior of other characters in the film are not believable, given this opening gambit.

However, if we discard our need to interpret behavior rationally, then the film works, either as a dream or, more generically, as a parable of modern day America, from the viewpoint of a European film director. The characters and their journey through the film's story are symbolic of American culture as a whole, with its ever-present loneliness, urban alienation, emotional separation, and general rootlessness.

The film's visuals and music combine to prop up the thin story, and give the film its enduring cultural theme. Cinematographer Robby Muller's images are stunning. His location shots both in the desert and in the urban jungle, using polarizing filters, are works of true photographic art. The images, with their florescent greens, reds, blues, and yellows in dim light are just terrific. More than any dialogue could, these visuals effectively convey the loneliness, alienation, and lost love that are so characteristically American. And Ry Cooder's simple but haunting Tex-Mex guitar sounds amplify this grim mood.

The film's main flaw is its length. With a runtime of 150 minutes, some parts of the film could have been edited out, without loss of the film's message.

"Paris, Texas" is a memorable art house film about the modern American experience. Like other art house films, the story is not necessarily to be taken literally. Instead, the story provides narrative support for the visuals, the music, and other film elements, the combination of which imparts some broader or deeper social message than could be conveyed by story alone.

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