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Broken Flowers (2005)

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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mona (as Heather Alicia Simms)
Brea Frazier ...
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 ...
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Niles Lee Wilson ...
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Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Flowers  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$13,736,078 (USA) (11 November 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Crazy Credits

Unusually, bit part players with no spoken lines in this movie are listed in the credits. Normally only speaking parts are listed. See more »


References Dolemite (1975) See more »


Playboy Cha-Cha
Written by Oscar Garcia
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6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't say I'm a Jim Jarmish fan. However, this collaboration with Bill Murray brought the best out of both of them. Bill is just amazing anyway. His acting draws the viewer in to his world. The saying " less is more" Murray epitomizes. Jarmish plays with the same idea and allows silence to act in this film. The mood the stark film quality and story give all the actors room to breath. Every scene is an evolution into unfolding feeling.

Basically, this film seemed written for Murray's effortlessness acting style. Yet Murray's character is played at first with almost totally non-vulnerability… you want him to open up. But all the time you see glimmers of him doing just that and then you even appreciate his stuck-ness.

All the other actors are wonderful as well. I have seen Sharon Stone's acting as someone trying to hard, but people, she was just crazy and alive in her role in this film. She changed my mind. Jessica Lange's performance is just perfect. What a woman. All in all I must give this film 2 thumbs up and my big toes are saluting it as well. Funny, thoughtful and very entertaining. Bravo.

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