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Don't Come Knocking (2005)

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An aging cowboy movie star deserts a film set and tries to reconnect with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in thirty years, only to learn that he has a child he never knew about.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Sam Shepard (screenplay), Sam Shepard (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Roday ... 1st AD
Jeffrey Vincent Parise ... 2nd AD (as Jeff Parise)
Majandra Delfino ... 1st Girl
Marieh Delfino ... 2nd Girl
Sam Shepard ... Howard Spence
George Kennedy ... Director
Julia Sweeney ... Producer 2
Tim Matheson ... Producer 1
James Gammon ... Old Ranch Hand
Tim Roth ... Sutter
Robin Twogood Robin Twogood ... Patrolman
Gabriel Mann ... Earl
Fairuza Balk ... Amber
Mike Butters ... Businessman
Sarah Polley ... Sky
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Storyline

Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs, and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. Until one day Howard learns that he might have a child somewhere out there. The very idea seems like a ray of hope that his life wasn't all in vain. So he sets out to find that young man or woman. He discovers an entire life that he has missed. Written by Reverse Angle

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Océan Films [France] | Official site | See more »

Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrela Solitária See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,630, 19 March 2006

Gross USA:

$440,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,663,501
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of five cinema movie collaborations of Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. The others being Frances (1982), Country (1984), Far North (1988), and Crimes of the Heart (1986). See more »

Goofs

Rodney A. Grant's name is misspelled as Rodney A. Grand in the first set of cast credits which listed the stars in the movie. His name is correctly spelled in the final cast list. See more »

Quotes

Howard Spence: Mind if I turn the radio on?
Sutter: Yes, I do, as a matter of fact. I don't like outside influence.
Howard Spence: Outside?
Sutter: That's right. The world at large. It's a nasty place. Why allow it in? Livestalk reports, Navajo chanting, beheadings, bestiality. Nothing's changed. Black Death, the Inquisition, the Crusades, conquest of Mexico. What's changed?
Howard Spence: I was thinking...
Sutter: What?
Howard Spence: I don't know.
Sutter: Nothing's changed.
Howard Spence: Guess not.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version was 113 minutes, and the director's cut (on DVD) is 122 minutes. See more »

Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

God's in the Kitchen
Written by Sam Shepard and T Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett)
Performed by T Bone Burnett
Published by Henry Burnett Music
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What do you mean, "He's Gone"?
17 March 2006 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Terribly underrated as a director, Wim Wenders has more than a couple of gems on his resume. Most notable are "Wings of Desire" and "Paris, Texas". Without question, "Don't Come Knocking" immediately jumps into the same class as those two extraordinary films. Collaborating with the insanely talented writer Sam Shepard for the first time since "Paris, Texas", Wenders offers up a character study that many of us have more in common with than we might first imagine.

With a rare appearance in a film he has written, Mr. Shepard plays Howard Spence, a washed up western film star who hits the road in search of the life he somehow missed. Admittedly, when the film opens with Howard galloping off into the desert away from the film set, my stomach began to churn as I had flashbacks to "Electric Horseman". Not long afterward, I became mesmerized by the pain of this man seeking redemption and meaning. Sure, there will be comparisons to "Broken Flowers" and many other meaning of life films, but writer Shepard never once pretends to be writing the great American self realization story. This is a VERY simple story about a handful of VERY interesting characters.

Jessica Lange (Shepard's real life honey) plays his long ago, nearly forgotten love who has never wandered from her small town Montana roots. What Shepard learns, after visiting with his mother (Eva Marie Saint) for the first time in 30 years, is that Lange has raised Shepard's son (Gabriel Mann). The focus drastically shifts for Shepard as he tries to make sense of it all. Just to add to his misery, Shepard is stalked by Sarah Polley (carrying her mom's remains in an urn), who suspects she is his daughter.

The genius of the film lies in the characters and setting. We never feel we are observing. Instead, we are part of the story. Winders camera angles really capture the thought cycles of Shepard in the motel room, at the bar and on the sofa in the road. Watching this would-be dad and these might-be kids come to terms with all of this is on one hand, slyly funny, but mostly intensely painful and intimate.

Spectacular performances by Shepard, Lange, and Eva Marie Saint, as well as strong support from Tim Roth, Polley, Mann and even the great George Kennedy make the story unfold in our reality. Wenders terrific camera work and small town setting with stunning panoramic views keep us comfortable, yet very aware. The pulsing guitar of the seemingly everywhere T Bone Burnett drives our pulse up or down depending on the scene.

This is marvelous film-making and pure joy for film lovers. At the post screening Q&A, Mr. Wenders expressed his enthusiasm for working with Mr. Shepard and creating a masterpiece out of a seemingly little story. We as movie goers are the lucky ones.


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