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
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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 »
When Travis shows Walt and Hunter the picture of the vacant lot he bought in Paris, Texas, the photograph shows a desert landscape. Paris, Texas is located near the forests of East Texas, hundreds of miles from any desert. See more »
I thought you were afraid of heights.
I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of fallin'.
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I first saw this film almost fifteen years ago and thought about almost nothing else for at least a month. I have never seen a film before or since that presents the extremes of love, pain, and loss with such immediacy and ruthless candor. Watching this film with openness, identifying with the characters, made me wince and writhe in sympathetic agony. I didn't cry; rather, I was reminded of all the times I have wept in my life, and why.
Perhaps each person person has a film -- usually a masterpiece -- which affects him or her so strongly that it is beyond description. This is mine.
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