Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

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Director: Wim Wenders, Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell

Cast: Wim Wenders, Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell

     
 

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Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) is wandering through the Texas desert, a bit shaky and in desperate need of water, when he stumbles into a bar and collapses. A German doctor of dubious credentials finds a phone number in Travis' wallet, which belongs to his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell). Walt is shocked to hear about his brother's condition, since no one in the family

Overview

Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) is wandering through the Texas desert, a bit shaky and in desperate need of water, when he stumbles into a bar and collapses. A German doctor of dubious credentials finds a phone number in Travis' wallet, which belongs to his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell). Walt is shocked to hear about his brother's condition, since no one in the family has seen or heard from Travis in four years; Walt flies to Texas to bring him home, only to find Travis wandering by the side of the road, and they begin the long drive back to Los Angeles, where Walt lives with his wife, Anne (Aurore Clement), and Hunter (Hunter Carson), Travis' seven-year-old son. At first, Travis refuses to speak and is oddly distant, but in time he begins to talk again, and when he arrives in California, he begins the painful process of reacquainting himself with his son and trying to reconcile with his wife, Jane (Nastassia Kinski).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Paris, Texas may be the finest of Wim Wenders' "road movies", a deliberately paced but deeply moving story of a man at the end of his emotional rope who is given an unexpected chance to heal both his scars and those he has inflicted on others. Harry Dean Stanton gives perhaps his finest performance -- few actors could pull off a scene like the long monologue he shares with Kinski near the film's conclusion -- and he is ably supported by Stockwell and by the young Carson, son of L.M. Kit Carson, who adapted the screenplay from Sam Shepard's Motel Chronicles. Robby Müller's photography and Ry Cooder's score add immeasurably to the impact of this superlative mood piece.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0715515052214
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
19,427

Special Features

Disc one: ; New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders; Audio commentary featuring Wenders; Disc two: ; Video interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen; Excerpts from a 1990 documentary on Wenders, featuring interviews with Wenders, cinematographer Robby Müller, composer Ry Cooder, actors Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Peter Falk, and Hanns Zischler, novelist Patricia Hihgsmith, and director Samuel Fuller; New video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis; "Wim Wenders Hollywood April '84," a segment from the French television program Cinéma cinémas, showing Wenders and Cooder at work on the score; Deleted scenes and super 8 home movies; Gallery of Wenders's location-scouting photos ; Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Dean Stanton Travis
Nastassja Kinski Jane
Dean Stockwell Walt
Aurore Clément Anne
Hunter Carson Hunter
Bernhard Wicki Dr. Ulmer
Socorro Valdez Carmelita
Tommy Farrell Screaming Man
John Lurie Slater
Jeni Vici Stretch
Viva Auder Woman on TV
Justin Hogg Hunter At Age 3
Sharon Menzel Comedienne
Sally Norvell Nurse Bibs
Mydolls Rehearsing Band
Sam Shepard Actor
Sam Berry Gas Station Attendant
Claresie Mobley Car Rental Clerk

Technical Credits
Wim Wenders Director
Kate Altman Art Director
Dominique Auvray Sound Editor
Charles Balazs Makeup
Birgitta Bjerke Costumes/Costume Designer
L.M. Kit Carson Screenwriter
Ry Cooder Score Composer
Anatole Dauman Producer
Pascale Dauman Associate Producer
Claire Denis Art Director
Don Guest Producer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Peter Przygodda Editor
Sam Shepard Screenwriter
Chris Sievernich Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paris, Texas - Disc One
1. Terlingua [7:06]
2. Travis and Walt [11:40]
3. Escape [6:21]
4. Paris [12:57]
5. Los Angeles [13:17]
6. Home Movies [7:16]
7. Looking for a Father [12:14]
8. Safety Zone [4:05]
9. Houston [10:58]
10. Keyhole Club [8:51]
11. Hotel [5:54]
12. You Belong Together [8:20]
13. Coffee Shop [9:42]
14. Hunter and Jane [20:44]
15. End Credits [3:32]
1. "Dark Was the Night" [7:06]
2. Working With Sam Shepard [11:40]
3. Favorite Shot [6:21]
4. Teamsters [12:57]
5. Great Lesson [13:17]
6. Heaven [7:16]
7. A New Feeling [12:14]
8. Totally Uninhibited [4:05]
9. Nastassja's Wig [10:58]
10. A Kinky Idea [8:51]
11. Word for Word [5:54]
12. Touchy [8:20]
13. "I Forgive You" [9:42]
14. The Right End [20:44]
15. Film Dedication [3:32]

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Paris, Texas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I was in hotel by myself flipping thru the stations. Was captured by movie half way though. Could hardly wait to see 1st half. Bought DVD and have never forgotten it. Watched it with my wife- she was asleep in 20 minutes!
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I've been waiting all my life for this movie to be released on DVD. One of the first great movies I ever saw. The cinematography of this movie is stunning.
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