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Paris, Texas

Plot

A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his wife and son four years before…

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 8.0/10 (21,762 voted)

Director:
Wim Wenders

Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell

Storyline
A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his wife and son four years before. As his memory returns, he makes contact with various people from his past.

Writers: L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shepard

Cast:

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'

Taglines:
Where lost love is found….

Release Date: 19 September 1984

Filming Locations: 10060 Olivia Terrace, Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: £1,162,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,709
(USA)
(10 November 1984)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $4,504,993
(Germany)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

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.

Goofs:

Continuity:
Travis and his brother check into a small motel on their first night, where we see a dresser with an ugly lamp sitting on top. After Travis runs off, they continue down the road and stay in a larger hotel, where we see the same dresser and light.

Quotes:

Travis:
He thought if she never got jealous of him that she didn't really care about him. Jealousy was a sign of her love for him, and then one night, one night she told him that she was pregnant, she was about three or four months pregnant and he didn't even know and then suddenly everything changed…



User Review

Do I envy people who don't like this movie?

Rating: 10/10

It's hard for me to select just one movie as my very favorite, but if I
had
to, "Paris, Texas" would probably be it.

As I recall, I first saw it while I was a student in a small theater in
'84
or '85; a year or two later I recorded it from cable to Beta tape. After
not having watched it for years, I've played it again a few times over
the
last couple of years. Many movies I recall having liked in the past are
just big disappointments when I watch them years later. That's not the
case
with this one! Then I was single; now I'm married. That alone makes a
big
difference, but I also find that even some small elements now have more
meaning. I previously attached no significance to the scene where Travis
was determined to find the same rental car in which he and Walt had
previously driven. But how often people do sentimentally and fiercely
cling
to, objectively, unimportant things in reaction to having had their
hearts
and spirits broken more than a few times over important things. I often
recall this scene when observing some instance of this in myself or
others.

I am struck by what opposite opinions people have of this movie. If you
have few problems relating to other people, or you don't care much about
relating to other humans, and little in your life disappoints you over
long
spells of your life, you will probably find this movie very
boring.
I sort of envy people in this situation, though before I would want to
wish
myself to be like that, I pause at how much my life would be changed and
how
little of my personality would be left, if I did.

I, too, eagerly await the release of this movie on high quality DVD, and
hope that my still barely viewable Beta will last til then.

"Oh, Travis."