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Don't Come Knocking (2005)

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... See full summary »

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Howard Spence
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Old Ranch Hand
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Sutter
Robin Twogood ...
Patrolman
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Earl
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Amber
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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 Reverse Angle

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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25 August 2005 (Germany)  »

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Estrela Solitária  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,630 (USA) (17 March 2006)

Gross:

$438,732 (USA) (28 July 2006)
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Trivia

According to the director's DVD commentary, the casinos in Elko were "too crummy" for shooting. The casino scene was shot instead in the Peppermill and Rainbow casinos at Wendover, Nevada. See more »

Goofs

As the camera pans away from the trash pile the next morning, a head of a crew member is visible in the lower left corner See more »

Quotes

Howard Spence: Mind if I turn the radio on?
Sutter: Yes, I do, as a matter of fact. I don't like outside influence.
Howard Spence: Outside?
Sutter: 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?
Howard Spence: I was thinking...
Sutter: What?
Howard Spence: I don't know.
Sutter: Nothing's changed.
Howard Spence: Guess not.
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References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Come Knocking
Music & Lyrics by Bono and The Edge
Sung by Andrea Corr & Bono
Published by Universal Music Publishing B.V. except Blue Mountain Music Ltd (UK), Mother Music (Irl.)
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Additional Production by The Edge & Jacknife Lee
Tenor Saxophone: Joe Sublett
Trumpet, Trombonium: Darrell Leonard
Keyboards (strings, harmonium): Patrick Warren
Piano: Keefus Ciancia
Drums: Jim Keltner, Carla Azar, Jay Bellerose
Pedal Steel Guitar: Eric Haywood
Bass: Mike Elizondo
T Bone engineering: Mike Piersante
Vocal recordings engineered by Robbie Adams.
Bono appears courtesy of Universal International Music BV - the Island Records Group
Andrea Corr appears courtesy of Atlantic Records UK
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A joy to watch!
4 October 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Don't Come Knocking" is undoubtedly the best fiction film made by Wim Wenders since "Wings of Desire". Wenders joins forces with playwright/actor Sam Shepard and the result is a wonderful journey, in Wenders' best style, of a man who flees his life to search for himself. Howard is an over-the-hill western movie star who's had his share of sex, booze and arrests in the past. He never settled down and prefers the lush life. Until, one day, he decides to flee a movie set, apparently for no reason apart from an existential crisis. He searches for anonymity in his small home town, visiting his mother for the first time in 30 years and discovers he might have had a child with one of his on-the-road conquests. This realization sends the middle-aged man on a search which confronts him with his own past, the way he has lived his life and what he could have done with it, had he decided to live it another way. But don't expect a morality tale: Wenders and Shepard are too intelligent for that. True to his instincts, Howard will persist in his erratic behavior till the very end. In short, in an age of comic book movies, "Don't Come Knocking" holds you onto your seat with a story that lets us breathe a bit of humanity. Wonderful performances, with kudos to Jessica Lange, maybe in her best performance ever. And we still get a homage to John Ford with images of Monument Valley and the large expenses of the West. Truly, a gem of a movie!


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