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Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. Until one day Howard learns that he might have a child somewhere out there. The very idea seems like a ray of hope that his life wasn't all in vain. So he sets out to find that young man or woman. He discovers an entire life that he has missed ... Written by
Rodney A. Grant's name is misspelled as Rodney A. Grand in the first set of cast credits which listed the stars in the movie. His name is correctly spelled in the final cast list. See more »
Mind if I turn the radio on?
Yes, I do, as a matter of fact. I don't like outside influence.
That's right. The world at large. It's a nasty place. Why allow it in? Livestalk reports, Navajo chanting, beheadings, bestiality. Nothing's changed. Black Death, the Inquisition, the Crusades, conquest of Mexico. What's changed?
I was thinking...
I don't know.
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typical Wenders: amazing landscapes, great soundtrack and emotional story
119 minutes that's a relatively long runtime for a movie. But that doesn't have to mean it'll be boring. The sparse dialog in this movie isn't really what it's all about anyway. It's all about the emotions and the amazing pictures.
Sam Shepard portrays his role so wonderfully that you can sense his frustration with his life and his search for some meaning and his longing to change his ways.
Eva Marie Saint is equally adept at her portrayal of the old western actor's mom.
Jessica Lange, though, is truly outstanding. She steals the movie with one scene in particular and really deserves an award for her work in this film.
At the end of the day: this is Wim Wenders as we know him and as we like him best.
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