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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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

Writers:

Jim Jarmusch, Bill Raden (inspired by an idea from) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Details

Country:

USA | France

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

Finnish censorship certificate register # 201013 delivered on 5-9-2005 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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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

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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broken flower, brilliant film making.
28 April 2006 | by come2whereimfromSee all my reviews

This according to some people is Jim Jamusch's mainstream movie, well to me it is still an independent movie it just so happens that everyone likes it and rightly so. It is a subtle tale filled with meditations on life, ageing, love and loss. The film opens with a pink letter and the viewer sort of follows it on a mini road trip from post box to sort room to final delivery. It is a beautiful metaphor for the journey you are about to undertake with Bill Murray's character Don Johnston. Everything in this film is set up so well from Don's name (a cross between Don Johnson of Miami vice fame and Don Juan, both smooth ladies men in their own right) to the underage daughter of one of don's old flames called Lolita. The style of the film is paced slow allowing you time to wonder at Murray's dead dead dead pan delivery, it's the stuff that made watching him so enjoyable in 'The life aquatic' and 'lost in translation' but turned up a notch. From opening the anonymous letter to his subsequent journey through ex-girlfriends to try and find who sent it and if he really has a twenty-year-old son as the letter states, is beautifully crafted to keep you glued to the screen. It has elements of comedy but not so much jokes as more the absurdity of life and bizarre situations that can arise. The characters are so diverse your bound to spot someone you know in one of them. One of my favourite things about this film is how it addresses wanting children from a mans point of view, Don constantly says to his neighbour that he's not interested in finding out or even going and then he does the opposite, it is the male equivalent of being broody and it ends up with Don clutching at straws and almost saying 'someone, anyone please be my son?' With a well-chosen eclectic soundtrack from Jarmusch complimenting scene after scene the film flows from comedic highs to tender lows. Here Jim and Bill have committed a very special blend of cinematic magic to the screen, one that should be a good way for a mainstream audience to enjoy an indie film and realise it doesn't have to be all CGI and explosions to be brilliant film-making.


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