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Broken Flowers (2005)

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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

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Jim Jarmusch

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Jim Jarmusch, Bill Raden (inspired by an idea from) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Don Johnston
Julie Delpy ... Sherry
Heather Simms ... Mona (as Heather Alicia Simms)
Brea Frazier Brea Frazier ... Rita
Jarry Fall Jarry Fall ... Winston and Mona's Kid (as Jarry)
Korka Fall Korka Fall ... Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland Saul Holland ... Winston and Mona's Kid (as Saul)
Zakira Holland Zakira Holland ... Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson Niles Lee Wilson ... Winston and Mona's Kid
Jeffrey Wright ... Winston
Meredith Patterson ... Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp Jennifer Rapp ... Girl on Bus
Nicole Abisinio ... Girl on Bus
Ryan Donowho ... Young Man on Bus
Alexis Dziena ... Lolita
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Storyline

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. Written by Focus Features

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Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.


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Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jim Jarmusch finished the script in two and a half weeks. See more »

Goofs

The blue rental car that Murray drives to the farmhouse has different style wheels than the car that Murray wakes up in after being beat up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherry: I pretty much have all my stuff.
[picks up mail]
Sherry: Looks like you got a love letter from one of your other girlfriends.
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, bit part players with no spoken lines in this movie are listed in the credits. Normally only speaking parts are listed. See more »

Connections

Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Ride Your Donkey
Written by Albert George Murphy, Norman Anthony Davis
Performed by The Tennors
Published by Universal-Polygram Int'l. Publishing & Island Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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A subtle, quiet, quirky, and largely interpretable drama
21 November 2006 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

Don Johnston, that's "with a T," has been left by his latest girlfriend and has also received an anonymous letter from what can only be a former flame. It states that he has a 19 year-old son who is looking for him. With the persuasion of an odd, but well meaning neighbor, he sets out to figure things out in his slow and uneventful life.

With a large focus on sensationalism these days, even in dramas, even in good dramas, like History of Violence and Crash, there is always usually that element of the extraordinary. Huge life changing experiences that not only change the protagonist, but everyone around them. Inner racial tensions shoot out like a shell out of a cannon or a violent past hits a character like a freight train. But here, Jim Jarmusch gives us... nothing. A boring man who could care less about anything. Who just drives and dully interacts with his former girlfriends. Barely showing any sort of exterior emotions to even some truly unexpected surprises. Like Murray in the lead, Jarmusch chucks in a lot of subtleties here and there. And like Murray in the lead, these subtle hints of what is really going on hardly lead anywhere unless the viewer decides they do.

It also works out as anything but a turn off or anticlimax (holycrap, did I just say that?), but rather gets you to think back to what you saw. And it REALLY points out the impact of relative perception to events past with those complex creatures known as humans. --- 8/10

Rated R, but really has minimal profanity and brief nudity.


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Flowers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$780,408, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$13,744,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,329,961
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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