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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 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$438,732, 30 July 2006
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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 picture of Sky's mother is a photograph of Sarah Polley's own mother, the late Diane Polley. Diane, who died in 1990, was a huge fan of Sam Shepard. Shepard plays the father of Sarah's character in the film. See more »

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As the camera pans away from the trash pile the next morning, a head of a crew member is visible in the lower left corner 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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Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Driving Wheel
Written by T Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett), Billy Swan
Performed by T Bone Burnett
Published by Henry Burnett Music
Courtesy of Electro Magnetic Corp.
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9 April 2006 | by mcshortfilmSee all my reviews

Wim Wenders has done it again. The authentic German American filmmaker has recaptured the nostalgia of the American West influenced by photographer Robert Frank and feeding off plot themes by his contemporary, Jim Jarmusch. But much like all of Wenders films, his plots are not the central focus. He is interested in details, symbolism, existentialism and the process of creation. What I always liked about Wenders was his taste in music. I always hear something new that I get very interested in. Don't Come Knocking has a wonderful score.The Buena Vista Social Club is an obvious example, but there is also the music of Madredeus in Lisbon Story or the Stewart Copeland country score in "Kings of the Road'. speaking of "Kings of the Road", there is an interesting detail that is repeated in this film: At the end of Kings, there is a cinema with a broken neon sign that only has two letters lit "WW" which is the signature of Wim Wenders. This film, has a bar called the "M&M". which is the same only upside down. The story of this film by the way is co-written by Sam Shepard who collaborated with Wenders on "Paris Texas" . This time, he also stars in the film as a cowboy movie star on the search for his ex and his son who he never met. The landscapes reflect the ghostliness of an Edward Hopper painting. Few people exist in the town where he shows up. There are beautiful shots that are very memorable such as the view from the health club looking out the window where Shepard and Jessica Lange are fighting. Another great scene involves a trade in identity where a guy on a horse gets pulled over by a cop and ....well you'll see. Alhough this film symbolizes the transition to reality, it looks as though reality does not appear to be as real as one expects. This is a refreshing film by one of the great filmmakers of our time.


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