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Broken Flowers (2005)

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

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Mona (as Heather Alicia Simms)
Brea Frazier ...
Rita
Jarry Fall ...
Winston and Mona's Kid (as Jarry)
Korka Fall ...
Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland ...
Winston and Mona's Kid (as Saul)
Zakira Holland ...
Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson ...
Winston and Mona's Kid
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Jennifer Rapp ...
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Young Man on Bus
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The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. Written by Focus Features

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Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.


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Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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26 August 2005 (USA)  »

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Dead Flowers  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$780,408 (USA) (5 August 2005)

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$13,736,078 (USA) (11 November 2005)
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Around the 1hr mark of the film, after Don gets off the plane and is driving over the bridge, his sunglasses appear on, then the camera angle changes and the sunglasses are off, then on again at the next camera angle change, with no indication that he had taken them off See more »

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[first lines]
Sherry: I pretty much have all my stuff.
[picks up mail]
Sherry: Looks like you got a love letter from one of your other girlfriends.
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Unusually, bit part players with no spoken lines in this movie are listed in the credits. Normally only speaking parts are listed. See more »

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Referenced in Wiedzmin 3: Dziki Gon (2015) See more »

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Requiem, Op. 48 (Pie Jesu)
by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Oxford Camerata
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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A man receives a mysterious letter and sets about on a quest to investigate it.
2 September 2007 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

For Jarmusch followers, such as myself, I expected more but got much less. Jarmusch is the master of the cinema vignette, small stories within a large movie making up the whole--or often, just straight forward vignettes ("Night on Earth"). "Broken Flowers" misses the mark. Bill Murray is not a powerful actor and fails here--too much time staring blankly at the camera, and he can't do that well. That takes a helluva powerful actor. When the actor/performer moves or talks very minimally, they're really up against it, especially with the camera tight-on. The only vignette that begins to work, is the one with Jessica Lange, for she >is< a powerful actor. But, this is the briefest of scenes, and then she's gone. The script, overall, is weak--I can see why it did well at Cannes. It didn't do at all well in my house on the DVD. Too bad; Jarmusch is such a great talent.


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