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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 »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jessica Lange, George Kennedy, and Eva Marie Saint; and three Oscar nominees: Sam Shepard, Tim Roth, and Sarah Polley. See more »

Goofs

The blown tire on Howard's car changes sides between shots. See more »

Quotes

Earl: [singing] Where is Howard? Who is Howard? We wanna know, we wanna know. Where is Howard? Who is Howard? Where did he go, where did he go? He's down in the ditches. He's down in the ground. Disappeared himself. He's no-where to be found! Where is Howard? Who is Howard? He's long gone, he's long gone.
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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

I'm Coming Home
Written by T Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett)
Performed by T Bone Burnett
Published by Henry Burnett Music
Courtesy of Electro Magnetic Corp.
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typical Wenders: amazing landscapes, great soundtrack and emotional story
5 September 2005 | by cowgrljunkieSee all my reviews

119 minutes – that's a relatively long runtime for a movie. But that doesn't have to mean it'll be boring. The sparse dialog in this movie isn't really what it's all about anyway. It's all about the emotions and the amazing pictures.

Sam Shepard portrays his role so wonderfully that you can sense his frustration with his life and his search for some meaning and his longing to change his ways.

Eva Marie Saint is equally adept at her portrayal of the old western actor's mom.

Jessica Lange, though, is truly outstanding. She steals the movie with one scene in particular and really deserves an award for her work in this film.

At the end of the day: this is Wim Wenders as we know him and as we like him best.


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