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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

Writers:

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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Where lost love is found.... See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | France | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 August 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Париж, Техас 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 guimoSee 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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