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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.

  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 17 wins & 12 nominations.
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Travis Henderson
Sam Berry ...
Gas Station Attendant
Doctor Ulmer
Walt Henderson
Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Claresie Mobley ...
Car Rental Clerk
Hunter Henderson
Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Socorro Valdez ...
Edward Fayton ...
Hunter's Friend
Justin Hogg ...
Hunter (Age 3)
Jane Henderson
Screaming Man
Jeni Vici ...
Sally Norvell ...
'Nurse Bibs'
Sharon Menzel ...
The Mydolls ...
Rehearsing Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hunter's Girlfriend (scenesDeleted)

Directed by

Wim Wenders

Written by

L.M. Kit Carson ... (adaptation by)
Sam Shepard ... (written by)
Walter Donohue ... (story editor: Channel 4)

Produced by

Anatole Dauman ... delegate producer
Pascale Dauman ... associate producer
Don Guest ... producer (produced by)
Chris Sievernich ... executive producer
Joachim von Mengershausen ... commissioning editor: WDR (as J. von Mengershausen)

Music by

Ry Cooder

Cinematography by

Robby Müller ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Peter Przygodda

Editorial Department

Anne Schnee ... assistant editor

Casting By

Gary Chason

Art Direction by

Kate Altman

Costume Design by

Birgitta Bjerke

Makeup Department

Karoly Balazs ... hair stylist (as Charles Balazs) / makeup artist (as Charles Balazs)

Production Management

Karen Koch ... production manager
Udo Heiland ... post-production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Claire Denis ... assistant director
Michael Helfand ... assistant director trainee

Art Department

Lorrie Brown ... assistant art director
Kimberly Buckley ... property master (as Kim Buckley)
Craig Busch ... assistant props: Texas
Anne Kuljian ... set decorator: Los Angeles

Sound Department

Dominique Auvray ... sound editor
Douglas Axtell ... boom operator
Hartmut Eichgrün ... re-recording mixer
Lothar Mankewitz ... sound processor
Jean-Paul Mugel ... sound mixer (as Jean Paul Mugel)

Camera and Electrical Department

Arthur Blum ... best boy grip
Robert K. Feldmann ... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Kevin Galbraith ... electrician
Greg Gardiner ... gaffer
Agnès Godard ... first assistant camera (as Agnes Godard)
Scott Guthrie ... best boy electric
Robin Holland ... still photographer
Martin Schäfer ... camera operator: additional photography, second unit (as Martin Schär)
Pim Tjujerman ... first assistant camera

Casting Department

Sheila Possner ... casting coordinator: Los Angeles

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Roberta Elkins ... wardrobe assistant: Texas

Location Management

Susan Elkins ... location manager: Texas
James Thompson ... location manager: Los Angeles (as Jim Thompson)

Music Department

Allen Sides ... additional scoring mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Helen Caldwell ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Homer Albin ... driver
Lynn Brisbin ... driver
Al Cantu ... driver
Charles Griffith ... driver (as Charlie Griffith)
Carl Johnson ... driver
Tom Kelton ... driver
Richard Padgett ... driver
B.C. Smith ... driver

Additional Crew

Allison Anders ... production assistant
Sarah Fitzsimmons ... office coordinator: New York
Scott Kirby ... production assistant
Patric Kreuzer ... production assistant (as Patrick Kreuzer)
Dean Lent ... production assistant
Barbara Lucey ... accountant
Dianne Mapp-Cheek ... production coordinator (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Sherry McBride ... caterer: Texas
Bonna Newman ... production assistant
Lilyan Sievernich ... office coordinator: New York
Ron Mitchell ... production assistant (uncredited)
Susanna Virtanen ... post-production office (uncredited)


Lotte Eisner ... dedicatee (as Lotte H. Eisner)
Barbara von Weitershausen ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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

Also Known As
  • Motel Chronicles (West Germany)
  • Motel Chronicles (Germany)
  • París, Texas (Spain)
  • 德州巴黎 (China, Mandarin title)
  • Paříž, Texas (Czechia)
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  • 145 min
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Box Office

Budget GBP1,162,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,064,134

Did You Know?

Trivia During the scene in the Texas airport, Dean Stockwell's character is on the phone with his wife. The PA announcer can be heard saying "A message for Joy Stockwell, Joy Stockwell. Austin will arrive at any minute." Joy was Dean's wife and Austin, his son, was born during production of this film. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Stop Making Sense/Falling in Love/Paris Texas (1984). See more »
Quotes Jane Henderson: I... I used to make long speeches to you after you left. I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone. I walked around for months talking to you. Now I don't know what to say. It was easier when I just imagined you. I even imagined you talking back to me. We'd have long conversations, the two of us. It was almost like you were there. I could hear you, I could see you, smell you. I could hear your voice. Sometimes your voice would wake me up. It would wake me up in the middle of the night, just like you were in the room with me. Then... it slowly faded. I couldn't picture you anymore. I tried to talk out loud to you like I used to, but there was nothing there. I couldn't hear you. Then... I just gave it up. Everything stopped. You just... disappeared. And now I'm working here. I hear your voice all the time. Every man has your voice.
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