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Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

DVD - 2009
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After having been missing for four years and presumed dead, Travis emerges from the desert near the Texas-Mexico border and collapses at a gas station. His younger brother, Walt, a billboard artist, takes him to Walt's Los Angeles home where Travis' son, Hunter, has lived with Walt and Walt's wife, Anne, since Travis and his wife, Jane, disappeared. Travis reestablishes a relationship with Hunter, finds Jane and brings about a reunion between Jane and Hunter before leaving again. Loosely based on Sam Shepard's Motel Chronicles.

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Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski star in this heart-breaking drama about an amnesiac drifter in the South Texas desert who slowly and gradually reconnects with his long lost family. This award winning German-French coproduction features stunning photography by Robby Muller and haunting sou... Read More »


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garycornell
Jan 02, 2020

"Paris Texas" is one of my favorite "under the counter" movies. No one is going to rush up gushing about the movie. After all, "Paris Texas" is a thoughtful work. Your keenly aware of being in a place you have never been before with people you would never in the company with because these are your folks next door. Yes, Wim Wenders is a hell of a good director and I in a sense once worked for him.
Long ago, (1978) I managed a restaurant named for Wim Wenders. It was a nice counter only restaurant with only one booth. This booth was the private booth of the owner Francis Ford Coppola. He was producing a movie with Wim Wenders. As a sign of their friend ship Coppola named his restaurant WIM"S. Through those busy doors came such movie legends as Frank Capra, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Clint Eastwod, rock music promoter Bill Graham, authors like Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Richard Brautigan and with all them came their notable friends

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calvoer
Oct 09, 2019

When you hear the slack guitar strings accompanying Texas sunsets, you know you are in for an arty Hollywood movie. Not one of my more favorite Criterion films.

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marcos_santiago
Jun 03, 2019

"Wings of desire" and "Paris, Texas" are similar in that they are full of metaphors and symbolism. The director had this phase of being heavily into that.
"Paris, Texas" is either going to intrigue the audience, and make them marvel and think... or, if the audience is not interested in metaphors, they may believe it is a very plain movie. it is really up to the viewer.

To say that Wim Wenders has an "eye" for landscapes is an understatement! Some magnificent shots in the movie.

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gates2
Jan 09, 2019

I really enjoyed it. Great performances, interesting story from the heart. Lots of well-paced silences, really gives a lot of meaning without being heavy handed.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 10, 2018

There aren't many films that I'd consider to be idling near perfection, but I would say that about Paris, Texas. In fact, I would call this the best film of the 80s. And yes, I know that's saying a lot considering the movies that were released during that decade. A fantastic score by Ry Cooder, the unparalleled cinematography of Robby Muller, a heart wrenching script by the late-great Sam Shepard, and a beautifully understated performance by the late, legendary Harry Dean Stanton - all pulled together seamlessly by director Wim Wenders- makes this a movie to remember. Even the landscape of the the American southwest and southern California seem to come to life on screen.

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looper46
Oct 27, 2017

Very beautiful to look at and the acting will knock your socks off...What can you say about my man Harry Dean? Just one of the most under rated actors around, RIP.

All cast is very good, I would'nt use this flick for a parenting guide, but Dean Stockwell and his wife did the best, what with Harry on a walk about...

Ry Cooder is just great on this sound track, what a guitar player. Big influence on another of my heroes, Keith Richards.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 02, 2017

Paris, Texas is that rare thing: a movie of intelligence and beauty and poetry, but also based on emotionally believable characters and a forward-moving, narrative thrust.

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Charlie68
May 15, 2017

The opposite of formulaic the story never goes where you think and treats all its main characters with respect.

Marinetti Jan 10, 2017

" Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder's guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller's camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton's face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. If the long climactic conversation between Stanton and Nastassja Kinski renders the movie uneven and slightly inscrutable, it's hard to think of a more fitting ending--and besides, the achingly empty American spaces stick longer in the memory than the dialogue. Winner of the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. " --Robert Horton

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Nursebob
Jul 22, 2015

Beautifully photographed and impeccably acted, German director Wim Wenders’ bittersweet tale of persons in flux and lives reconnecting moves at the pace of a slow heartbeat. But this is strictly European arthouse fare transplanted across the Atlantic with its expressive dialogue and artistic mise en scène conveying a fanciful old world impression of the American heartland—endless highways punctuated by ironic billboards, dusty mesas, and dustier dives, and everywhere ubiquitous images of dreams deferred whether it be a faded mural of the Statue of Liberty or the contrived interiors of a seedy peep show where women perform against backdrops like “Diner”, “Hotel”, and “Poolside”. Even if his Euro sensibilities don’t always fit their southwest settings, Wenders’ understanding of what prods the human soul is universal in scope and haunting in presentation.

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aaa5756 Oct 10, 2013

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

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Monolith
Sep 29, 2013

Travis Henderson (crashing in a fleabag motel/laundromat seating area with his son): "This is not a place to bring a fancy woman. Wouldn't you say? If you had a fancy woman, would you bring her in a place like this?" Hunter Henderson: "What's a fancy woman?"

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