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Paris, Texas (1984)

Paris, Texas (1984)

Paris, Texas




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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 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). ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Sam Shepard, L.M. Kit Carson
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On DVD: Dec 14, 2004
20th Century Fox

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Harry Dean Stanton
as Travis Henderson
Nastassja Kinski
as Jane Henderson
Dean Stockwell
as Walt Henderson
Aurore Clement
as Anne Henderson
Hunter Carson
as Alex Hunter Henderso...
Bernhard Wicki
as Dr. Ulmer
as Woman on TV
Socorro Valdez
as Carmelita
Tommy Farrell
as Screaming Man
John Lurie
as Slater
Jeni Vici
as Stretch
Sally Norvell
as Nurse Bibs
Sam Berry
as Gas Station Attendan...
Claresie Mobley
as Car Rental Clerk
Justin Hogg
as Hunter At Age 3
Edward Fayton
as Hunter's Friend
Sharon Menzel
as Comedienne
Viva Auder
as Woman on TV
The Mydolls
as Rehearsing Band
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Critic Reviews for Paris, Texas

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 6, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The acting, Robby Müller cinematography, music and tone carry the day ...

Full Review… | March 18, 2015
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

[VIDEO ESSAY] Written by Sam Shepherd, and adapted by L.M. Kit Carson, the linear story for "Paris, Texas" contains the hallmarks of Shepherd's characteristic dramatic themes...

Full Review… | October 16, 2013

one of Wenders's best films, a stirring portrait of people striving against their disconnect that resists simple answers even as it rewards our emotional investment.

Full Review… | February 14, 2010
Q Network Film Desk

One of the few films that has captured the beauty of the American southwest in all its rolling desert glory.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Paris, Texas may be missing a crucial piece of authentic Americana, but it still evokes an America most Americans yearn to gaze on.

Full Review… | January 24, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Paris, Texas

A man wordlessly stumbles out of the desert after disappearing without a trace four years previously and sets about reclaiming his lost family. Harry Dean Stanton is one of those faces that everyone knows without knowing they know; a remarkable character actor who took very few lead roles. His wonderfully understated performance is the centrepiece to Wim Wenders' road movie dealing with love and loss that's chock full of beautiful imagery. In fact it's a little ironic that it took a German to capture so completely the "feel" of middle America but this piece of audio-visual poetry is one of the purest examples of mainstream cinema as an art form. No-one could fail to be captivated by his scenes with estranged wife Nastassja Kinski whose first appearance on screen has become an iconic image. Its ponderous pace and lengthy running time will not appeal to those looking for action or melodrama, but Paris, Texas is more an experience than a piece of entertainment and if approached as such is rather unforgettable.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end. Plus my favorite score of all time, provided by Ry Cooder, interpreting Dark Was The Night by Blind Willie Johnson.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


In terms of film-making, the term "simple" is often used as a pejorative. But sometimes the simplest of stories can yield some of the most compelling results. Win Wenders' 1984 "Paris, Texas", is a modest yet moving portrait of a man in search of his roots. Harry Dean Stanton is as amazing as ever as a man who, after a four year separation from his family, has come back find who he was/is.
Much like Wenders' "Wings of Desire", much attention is given to the setting to show how seemingly insignificant we are in comparison to our surroundings. Yet, rather than war torn Germany, Paris, Texas features panoramic shots of the Texas badlands. With a character so arcane and withdrawn from the world, Wenders utilizes the power of atmosphere coupled with Stanton's acting prowess to fill in the parts of the story where the words won't suffice.
It is a story about the path to finding one's identity and Wenders finds so many ways to convey this journey.The freeway scene is a brilliant metaphor for how we as humans go through life. We seem to be traveling down this open road at breakneck speed, making last minute lane changes in hopes to catch up with the life we so desire.
The film moves at a snails pace, but I get the sense that Wenders doesn't want to rush Travis' journey. I think it is a smart touch as by the films conclusion, one feels that we were allowed to drink in so much of his life that his image kind of sticks with us. There have been many times in my life where I have felt like a Travis and I think the film beautifully encapsulates the confusing and often heart wrenching journey that one must take in order to find out who they really are.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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