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Paris, Texas (1984)

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User Rating: 7.8/10 (10,285 votes)
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Wim Wenders
L.M. Kit Carson (adaptation)
Sam Shepard (written by)
Release Date:
9 November 1984 (USA) more
Drama more
A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces. more
Plot Summary:
A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his... more
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations more
User Comments:
Slow paced film of cinematic excellence more


 (Cast overview, first billed only)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Travis Henderson
Sam Berry ... Gas Station Attendant
Bernhard Wicki ... Doctor Ulmer
Dean Stockwell ... Walt Henderson

Aurore Clément ... Anne Henderson (as Aurore Clement)
Claresie Mobley ... Car Rental Clerk
Hunter Carson ... Hunter Henderson
Viva ... Woman on TV (as Viva Auder)
Socorro Valdez ... Carmelita
Edward Fayton ... Hunter's Friend
Justin Hogg ... Hunter - Age 3

Nastassja Kinski ... Jane Henderson

Tom Farrell ... Screaming Man
John Lurie ... Slater
Jeni Vici ... Stretch
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Motel Chronicles (West Germany) (working title)
Paris, Texas (West Germany)
147 min
France / West Germany
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 more
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Fun Stuff

During the scene in the Texas airport, Dean Stockwell's character is on the phone with his wife. The PA announcer can be heard saying "A message for Joy Stockwell, Joy Stockwell. Austin will arrive at any minute." Joy was Dean's wife and Austin, his son, was born during production of this film. more
Continuity: When Hunter calls Walt and Anne from a payphone in San Bernadino, he is supposed to be calling collect (Travis is shown instructing him briefly on how to do it). However, when we cut to Walt answering the telephone at home, he is immediately on the line with Hunter and is never asked if he would care to accept the charges for a collect call. more
Walt: I thought you were afraid of heights.
Travis: I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of fallin'.
Movie Connections:
Featured in Wanderlust (2006) (TV) more


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23 out of 29 people found the following comment useful:-
Slow paced film of cinematic excellence, 11 May 2004
Author: Graham Stanford from Bethlehem, PA

This film is a classic in my opinion. The story is very strongly influenced by its writer's, Sam Shepard, exploration of the human condition. The film is not for everyone. Wim Wenders paces the storyline accordingly to the psyche and struggle of the main character, and the concept of searching for answers to his natural state of mind by returning to the place of his conception is a well thought out and intriguing premise for this film.

I have seen this film more than seven times, and love the slow pace because it allows me to be drawn into that world completely and really have the chance to get to know each character. Recommended to anyone with an interest in psychology, cinematography, Sam Shepard's style of story-telling, and movies that walk to their own beat. Natascha Kinski and Stanton are excellent.

I give it 8 stars (9 if they would release it letterboxed on DVD)

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