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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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

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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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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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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

In all of the driving scenes, the windshield sticker is always from New Jersey - even though he's flying between locations. 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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Dreams I'll Never See
by Gregg Allman
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Broken Flowers
19 August 2005 | by cultfilmfanSee all my reviews

Broken Flowers, is about a lonely and quiet bachelor named Don Johnston, who lives in a big house and basically lies around all day. Don, recently breaks up with his girlfriend Sherry. Don, lives next door to an interesting man named Winston, who likes to look up information and investigate people on the internet. One day Don gets a letter in the mail from a woman (who does not sign the letter) and says that her son is Don's and that he is coming to visit Don, to see who his father really is. Don, shows the note to Winston, and Winston tells Don, to make a list of all the girls he has been with in the past. Don, makes a list of five people and Winston gets information on all of them including where they live and sets out a traveling course for Don, to go and see them to find out which one is the mother of his child. Don, goes on this journey and meets these women he has not seen in years to find out the truth about the letter and notices how much some of these women have changed since he last knew them. Broken Flowers, has good direction, a good script, good performances by the whole cast, good cinematography and good film editing. The film is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, who has brought us such offbeat delights as Down By Law, Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai and Coffee And Cigarettes, and all of those I liked a lot. But, I was disappointed with Broken Flowers. It was not a bad film in any way but it is slow and it often tries to make witty and smart jokes and be funny but for the most part the jokes don't work and they are not funny. The film also lacks energy and it doesn't have as interesting characters or situations as past Jarmusch films who shows he can whip up some really good conversations like in Coffee And Cigarettes. I didn't really find any of the characters that interesting and at times it was hard to relate to characters in the film and wonder at the end what the point of the movie was. It was still mildly entertaining and I liked their performances and some of the creative scenes so for that I'am slightly recommending this but it doesn't work on a whole as well as past Jarmusch movies that were virtually ignored while this one is getting a lot of buzz.


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