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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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A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces. See more »

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Motel Chronicles  »

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Budget:

£1,162,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,709, 10 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,181,987
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Since Travis and Hunter are driving from L.A. to Houston, they would take I-10 going from west to east. When they arrive in Houston, the view of downtown is from I-45, which runs north/south from Dallas to Galveston. See more »

Quotes

Walt: We live in the suburbs, but I've got my business in town
Travis: Oh yeah? What's your business?
Walt: I make billboard signs for advertising.
Travis: Oh yeah? So *you*'re the one who makes those signs, I love those. Some of them are beautiful.
Walt: I'm not the only one who makes them, Trav.
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Starring: the landscape...
4 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I felt so tired of all those comments saying how beautiful the photography is or, for those who havent enjoyed the film, how the photography isnt enough to sustain the whole silentness of the first 2/3 of the movie.

It just sounds like a hollow praise for a hollow minded cute, blonde and gorgeous girl. In fact, it is an offense.

For a director that first was inspired by images and then looked for stories to fill them and give them reasons to be released as films (he says this in a book). Wenders achieves his high technical and vision point concerning his way of thinking, not just film but life in this masterpiece.

He had before discussed the production of images and how this affects our way of seeing and perceiving life. But in Paris, Texas the image, the landscapes really becomes a character, not just to give a good photography and make those 2 1/2 hours that the movie lasts oh!!, so beatiful to watch!!, or to make us get in its atmosphere... The landscapes are so important as the words, or actions, between the characters are, it really touches people surrounded by it, it influences some how their personalities. I mean, each photograme tries to bring this relation.

It is beautiful how Wenders can build his caracters personalities, not by the way they think or act, but what impresses them, what visually interests them - like when Travis is watching not the airplane, but its shadow on the ground while it takes off.

After all that, i can just say that the rest of the whole story is made by really beautiful, touching and delicate situations of a man's life trying to reorder the lost pieces from a puzzle.

And, yes, the conversation between Travis and his ex-wife by the last half hour to the end is one of the most touching moments seen on the screen.


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