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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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.

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

Dec 09, 2015

Beautifully understated.

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.

aaa5756 Oct 10, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way. Very Slow Moving .

Sep 29, 2013

First, the cons: 1.) Dean Stockwell (Walt) and his wife (Anne) were ridiculously forgiving of their brother's selfish disappearing act, resulting in their rearing of *his* child for four years. 2.) The actual ages of the actors/estranged parents in 1984: Stanton (Travis)---58; and Kinski (Jane)---23. Sorry, folks. That was a preposterous pairing. 3.) Travis was incredibly ungrateful to his brother and his wife, and his kidnapping of what I would consider legally their son is why "Amber Alerts" exist today. That was just cruel, and wrong. Now the pros: A very engaging strange story from Sam Shepard, beautifully coupled with Ry Cooder's acoustic slide guitar score -- truly one of the best scores I've enjoyed of late. (Evidently the man influenced Duane Allman!) Ignoring the infuriating irresponsible parenting, and my picking apart at the above issues, the film is well worth the trip.

May 18, 2013

Too slow. Couldn't get through it.

Jan 08, 2013

Incredibly beautiful movie to look at - like a scrolling series of beautiful photos!
Stars the enigmatic HD Stanton and with the gorgeous score by Ry Cooder. Love this movie!

Dec 03, 2012

This film by German director Wim Wenders is almost 2.5 hrs. long. It is slow and meditative, but with great acting by all throughout. It is a film about personal relationship - between a father and an 8-year old son, and between lovers. A great film to watch for the patient viewers.

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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

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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