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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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,744,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,725,990
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Murray and Jessica Lange co-starred together in Tootsie (1982). See more »

Goofs

While they're having dinner, Johnston spears several carrots on his fork, nudging one off the edge of the plate and onto the table. In the next shot, it's gone. 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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Unusually, bit part players with no spoken lines in this movie are listed in the credits. Normally only speaking parts are listed. See more »

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Mascaram Seteba
Traditional, Arranged by Mulatu Astatke
Performed by Mulatu Astatke and his Ethiopian Quintet
Courtesy of Worthy Records
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Doubting Intuition
26 July 2006 | by l_pyn3See all my reviews

At first I thought at the end of the movie he was thinking about how he had been so wrong about assuming that the young man was his son and how looking back, he might have been wrong about other assumptions in the past. For instance, the first old girlfriend with the daughter. I thought that there were signs off child molestation from the deceased father and that the daughter looked for that in Don. In the second girlfriend, I thought I saw a woman who was being beat my her husband. I felt like Don was picking up on in too. The third, lesbian and the receptionist her lover. And finally the last one, criminal/drug addict. I thought too that the young man at the airport was his son. When Don finally decides to act on his intuition and make contact with his "son", he finds he was wrong. I like the last scene where the camera is panning around him as he stands at crossroads thinking about how maybe all the other conclusions he's came to may be wrong as well.

I don't know, this is just how my brain interpreted the flick.


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