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Paris, Texas (1984)

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Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

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Wim Wenders

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L.M. Kit Carson (adaptation), Sam Shepard | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Dean Stanton ... Travis Henderson
Nastassja Kinski ... Jane Henderson
Dean Stockwell ... Walt Henderson
Aurore Clément ... Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Hunter Carson ... Hunter Henderson
Bernhard Wicki ... Doctor Ulmer
Sam Berry Sam Berry ... Gas Station Attendant
Claresie Mobley Claresie Mobley ... Car Rental Clerk
Viva ... Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Edward Fayton Edward Fayton ... Hunter's Friend
Socorro Valdez Socorro Valdez ... Carmelita
Justin Hogg Justin Hogg ... Hunter - Age 3
Tom Farrell ... Screaming Man
John Lurie ... 'Slater'
Jeni Vici Jeni Vici ... 'Stretch'
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Storyline

A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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West Germany | France | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 August 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Motel Chronicles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,162,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,709, 10 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,181,987
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting started in 1983 while the screenplay was still incomplete, with the objective of filming in the order of the story. Writer Sam Shepard planned to base the rest of the story on their understanding of the characters and observations of the actors. However, when Shepard moved on to another job, he sent director Wim Wenders notes on how the screenplay should end instead. He credited Wenders and co-writer L.M. Kit Carson with the idea of a peep show and the story's final acts. According to Dean Stockwell, his character in early drafts was intended to travel with Hunter, Travis and Anne before Anne turned back to Los Angeles and Walt became lost in the desert, paralleling Travis in the first scene. See more »

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When Walt gets Travis to a motel at the beginning and wants to buy him new clothes, they compare feet and decide that Travis wears one size bigger than Walt. Later, at Walt's house, Travis asks to wear Walter's old boots and puts them on and they fit fine. See more »

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Second American best film of the eighties
5 May 1999 | by coop-16See all my reviews

It might seem odd to call this an "American" film, as its director, Wim Wenders is a German film director, who , unlike his predecessors, Lang, Murnau, Pabst, Von Sternberg , and Billy Wilder, has chosen to remain aloof from the Hollywood film industry. But Paris Texas is as much an American film as Tocquevillle's "Democracy in America" is an American book. Sometimes it takes a foreigner ( In Wim Wenders' case, a foriegner who loves American music, American movies and American literature.) to look into the American soul. In this case,it helps that he is working with a great-and misunderstood- American writer, Sam Shephard, and a great-and under appreciated- American actor, Harry Dean Stanton. I can not begin to convey who poetic, how haunting, and how beautiful this film is, and how artfully it probes the American heart. The scene where Stanton confronts his wife, and tells what he did and why he did it, must rank among the supreme scenes, not just of film, but of human life. It echoed the great scenes of our literature, such as Ulysses meeting with Penelope, and the return of the prodigal son. In short, the only film which goes beyond it in the eighties is Raging Bull, and that is largely because of the volcanic power of Scorsese, that most self-crucifying of auteurs. in short, I would go so far as to say that Paris Texas is more than a "ten'...Like Citizen Kane, like 2001, like Andrei Roublev, like Raging Bull , like the Searchers, like Pickpocket, Tokyo Story, Seven Samurai and Ordet,it is an ELEVEN. Sublime AND beautiful.


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