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Paris, Texas (1984)

R | | Drama | 23 August 1984 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Travis Henderson
... Jane Henderson
... Walt Henderson
... Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
... Hunter Henderson
... Doctor Ulmer
Sam Berry ... Gas Station Attendant
Claresie Mobley ... Car Rental Clerk
... Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Edward Fayton ... Hunter's Friend
Socorro Valdez ... Carmelita
Justin Hogg ... Hunter - Age 3
... Screaming Man
... 'Slater'
Jeni Vici ... 'Stretch'
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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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£1,162,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,709, 10 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,181,987
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The re-release in Spain was only in 3 theaters: Madrid (Conde Duque, Verdi) and Barcelona (Verdi). The film was only projected 1 day in subtitled version. See more »

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As Travis is entering the whorehouse, two figures appear in the window above the door and seem to look at the camera. One of them waves (as if acknowledging being waved out of the scene) before leaving the window. See more »

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Jane Henderson: I wanted to see him so bad that I didn't even dare imagine him anymore.
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Second American best film of the eighties
5 May 1999 | by See 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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