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)
Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
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
Harry Dean Stanton
Gas Station Attendant
(as Aurore Clement)
Car Rental Clerk
Woman on TV
(as Viva Auder)
Hunter – Age 3
Where lost love is found….
Release Date: 19 September 1984
Filming Locations: 10060 Olivia Terrace, Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $22,709
(10 November 1984)
Did You Know?
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.
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.
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…
Do I envy people who don't like this movie?
It's hard for me to select just one movie as my very favorite, but if I
to, "Paris, Texas" would probably be it.
As I recall, I first saw it while I was a student in a small theater in
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
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
with this one! Then I was single; now I'm married. That alone makes a
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
to, objectively, unimportant things in reaction to having had their
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
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
spells of your life, you will probably find this movie very
I sort of envy people in this situation, though before I would want to
myself to be like that, I pause at how much my life would be changed and
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.