Don't Come Knocking (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  25 August 2005 (Germany)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
1st AD
2nd AD (as Jeff Parise)
1st Girl
2nd Girl
Howard Spence
Producer 2
Old Ranch Hand
Robin Twogood ...
Mike Butters ...


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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Release Date:

25 August 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estrela Solitária  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Shepard's son, Jesse, stood in for his father on the fast riding sequences. Shepard did some of his own riding, but he was not permitted to do more than a trot. See more »


When Spence and Sutter make a nighttime fuel stop hours after they've supposedly left Butte in broad daylight, signs indicate this scene actually was shot in Butte. See more »


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 »


Shaken, Rattled and Rolled
Written by T Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett)
Performed by Gabriel Mann
Published by Henry Burnett Music
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typical Wenders: amazing landscapes, great soundtrack and emotional story
5 September 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

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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